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California gas, electric bills will include climate credits early

In response to a recent spike in the price of natural gas, the California Public Utilities Commission voted Thursday to pay annual gas and electric credits to consumers as soon as possible. All five commissioners voted in favor, agreeing that it’s only a first step in addressing volatility in gas prices. Commissioner Darcie L. Houck […]

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City Council

City Council Retreat Appropriately Held On Groundhog Day | #citycouncil

The Greensboro City Council’s annual two-day retreat appropriately began on Groundhog Day with an exercise that has been repeated too many times to mention. However, Bill Murray was not in attendance. Mayor Nancy Vaughan explained that Councilmember Yvonne Johnson was out of the country and not able to participate, while City Councilmember Zack Matheny, who […]

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City Council

Newport City Council Dissolves Tax Committee | #citycouncil

Councilor Angela McCalla was taken aback when her motion to continue the city’s Ad Hoc Tax Relief Committee failed to receive a second at the Jan. 25 Newport City Council meeting. McCalla said she was complemented by fellow councilors when raising the issue in the past and was expecting support when bringing the matter forward […]

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California neighborhoods with more EVs see better air quality, public health

Neighborhoods in California with higher electric vehicle (EV) adoption rates are experiencing both better air quality and improvements in public health, a new study has found. For every additional 20 zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs) per 1,000 people at the zip code level, there was a 3.2 percent drop in the rate of asthma-related emergency room visits, […]

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California Bill Would Require Climate-Related Financial Risk Reports | Allen Matkins

On Monday, four California state senators introduced a bill, SB 261, that would require businesses to prepare and submit climate-related financial risk reports.  The bill would apply to any corporation or other business entity formed under the laws of California, the laws of any other state of the United States or the District of Columbia, […]

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Alaska

Retiring from the high court, Alaska’s chief justice defends its system of selecting judges | #alaska | #politics

Alaska Chief Justice Daniel Winfree receives applause from state lawmakers after finishing the annual State of the Judiciary address to the Alaska Legislature on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. Winfree is retiring Feb. 6. (Photo by James Brooks/Alaska Beacon) In his final speech before retirement, Alaska Chief Justice Daniel Winfree firmly defended the state’s merit-based process for picking […]

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California

Pelosi backs Schiff in California Senate race

Feb. 2, 2023, 4:30 PM UTC By Bridget Bowman Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday she is backing Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff in California’s Senate race — if Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein decides not to run for re-election. Feinstein has not yet said if she is running for a sixth term next year. But that […]

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Alaska

Biden administration recommends major Alaska oil project | #alaska | #politics

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Biden administration released a long-awaited study Wednesday that recommends allowing a major oil development on Alaska’s North Slope that supporters say could boost U.S. energy security but that climate activists decry as a “carbon bomb.” The move — while not final — drew immediate anger from environmentalists who saw it […]

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Alaska

Peak Trust Company Announces Support for University of Alaska Ted Stevens Legislative … | News | #alaska | #politics

Anchorage, AK, Feb. 02, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Peak Trust Company (“Peak Trust”) has announced a $10,500 donation to the University of Alaska Southeast’s (UAS) Senator Ted Stevens Legislative Internship Program, as the first part of a broader commitment to support the program over the next five years. The program seeks to educate students about […]

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California

California law helping workers file labor claims needs reform

In summary A California law helping workers file labor code violations claims, known as the Private Attorneys General Act, often hurts workers and employers alike. A proposed reform will appear on the 2024 November ballot. Guest Commentary written by Jennifer Barrera Jennifer Barrera is the president and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce. Eight […]

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