Seven reasons to question a state utility takeover

By Mark Lisheron
On Feb. 3, state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, introduced a bill that would transfer to California taxpayers responsibility for the state’s largest and most troubled utility, Pacific Gas & Electric. The bill would give a new government agency, the California Consumer Energy and Conservation Financing Authority, the power to buy the assets and pay...

TAGS: Gavin Newsom, IBEW, John Moorlach, PG&E, Scott Wiener

The Unions’ Favorite California State Senator

By Will Swaim
Money in politics has been a recurrent theme in this election cycle. Campaign finance reform advocates, mainstream media and certain candidates have repeatedly driven home the idea that corporations and rich conservatives are biasing the political process by making big-money donations, often without disclosure. Much of the narrative – advanced by authors such as New...


Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power – Unions vs. Ratepayers

By Scott Walter
Where are the charity watchdogs in L.A.? An ugly story from the City of Angels reminds us once again of how dangerous “public-private partnerships” can be, especially that worst of all such partnerships: government employee unions in bed with government officials. The government of Los Angeles has long granted a monopoly to the Department of...

TAGS: IBEW, ladwp, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power