The hidden costs driving California gas prices up

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This op-ed originally appeared in The Orange County Register and can be viewed here. Gasoline prices around the country have dropped dramatically so far this year, as the price of oil has slumped. Gas prices in California, however, remain much higher than the national average. At the February meeting of the State Board of Equalization, I voted with the majority to …

Watered-Down SB 350 Still Threatens California

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This op-ed originally appeared in the Riverside Press-Enterprise Once in a while, even in the California state Legislature, we witness democracy in action or a rare moment when a well-intentioned, but harmful, strongly supported and lobbied bill, is rejected due to a lack of votes. In the final days of the Legislature’s 2014-2015 session, the right number of elected officials listened …

The spike in fuel and my letter to Governor Brown

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Like most of you, I am disgusted with the latest spike in fuel prices (okay, I understand that some of you more green-minded readers probably relish the spike in fuel costs). Each time there is a fire, mechanical closure or whatever at any of the refineries in California, I scream and shoot off an email to our elected officials in …