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NEWS
August 9, 2001
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NEWS
October 1, 2003
Deirdre Newman After seeing their monthly bills jump an average of $1.44 in July, residents will now see their bills dip by about 32 cents a month. A domino effect enabled the Mesa Consolidated Water District to reduce its rates from 15 cents per billing unit to 13 cents per billing unit. The district's board of directors approved the reduction last week, based on Southern California Edison reducing its electric rates in August. "We're very happy that we can pass these savings along to our customers," said Amanda Gavin, the district's public information coordinator.
NEWS
February 13, 2001
Danette Goulet NEWPORT BEACH -- Monday was the day the lights went out at Ensign. Ensign Intermediate School was one of 795 Southern California Edison customers to find itself in the dark just after 1 p.m. Monday. "Oh yeah, we're in the dark," said Principal Mike McGuire at about 1:30 p.m., speaking literally of course. The power outage, which lasted for a little more than half an hour, was caused by a broken utility pole that left a wire down at Pirate Road and Cliff Drive, said Kim Scheer, a spokeswoman for Edison.
NEWS
February 25, 2001
Stefanie Frith COSTA MESA -- Rolling blackouts are almost certain to occur this summer in Orange County, State Assemblyman John Campbell (R-Irvine) told a crowd of about 80 people at Orange Coast College Saturday afternoon. Campbell's speech was part of a community forum organized in response to the dozens of calls, e-mails and letters Campbell's office has been receiving about California's energy crisis. Panelists included Judy Woolen, public affairs director for The Gas Company; Julie Puente, executive vice president of public affairs for the Orange County Business Council; and Kid Scherer, regional manager of Southern California Edison.
NEWS
By Alan Blank and Michael Alexander | July 18, 2008
In an effort to expedite the approval process for large solar-power plants, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has introduced a bill to Congress that would allow companies to build such plants without having to produce environmental-impact studies. The Bureau of Land Management, which oversees the necessary environmental studies, has a backlog of 130 applications for large-scale solar operations and has not issued a permit to date. “We’re in the middle of a crisis, and the well-being of ordinary people is being damaged greatly by the price of energy,” Rohrabacher said.
NEWS
June 24, 2001
Summer's here, and everyone wants to swim. That's a given come June. Usually, it's also a given that the outdoor pools at Corona del Mar and Newport Harbor high schools are heated for the various people who use them. This year, it became apparent that there could be a snag. With California in the midst of an energy crisis, and energy prices on the rise, Newport Beach officials decided they would only heat one of the district's two pools. And Corona del Mar ended up on the cold side of the decision.
NEWS
February 4, 2001
It's spring in the year 2000, and San Diego Gas & Electric prepares to double rates to all of its customers due to increases in the company's cost of electricity. The legislature passes a bill to spread this increase over several years, but does nothing to deal with the root of the problem. Gov. Davis is silent. It's now August 2000, and the two largest suppliers of electric power in the state ask Gov. Davis' Public Utilities Commission for the right to purchase long-term contracts to lock in lower electricity costs as rates appear to be rising.
NEWS
October 26, 2002
Deepa Bharath Irvine resident John Kane is in the middle of his first run for any public office. But the 40-year-old software developer, who is running for the 70th Assembly District seat against incumbent John Campbell, says he is out there to give "the voters a choice." The Democrat described himself as an "empathetic individual" who is able to hear all aspects of an issue and not be blinded by ideology. "I'm willing to listen to both sides of a story," he said.
NEWS
December 8, 2003
Alicia Robinson When California voters go to the polls on March 2, they could see a referendum to block a state law that would require larger businesses to provide health insurance to their workers. Local business owners and organizations said the law is a concern, but mostly as part of a pattern of overall government mandates that are driving up the cost of doing business. "It's kind of like wading out into the ocean and being hit by one wave after another," said Julie Puentes, Orange County Business Council spokeswoman.
NEWS
By Michael Glueck | April 1, 2008
If you eat, you’re probably aware that the price of food is rising. Even if you live by that venerable motto, “You can’t be too rich or too thin,” you need to be aware that the energy crisis and the food crisis are intertwined. Food requires energy to grow, process, transport and market. Bio-fuels, “making gas out of corn or whatever,” are increasing in popularity, even if it often takes more energy to produce them than its worth. But don’t worry.
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