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By Charles Cooper | April 24, 2008
La Cañada Flintridge resident Michael Peevey, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, led the PUC in a recent vote to create the California Institute for Climate Solutions. The new institute will be funded with $60 million a year over the next ten years from utility ratepayers, along with matching funds in equal amount to be found from private sources. The PUC president and the University of California president will co-chair the directing board, which will have members from the state Senate, Assembly, state agencies, utilities and consumer advocacy groups, among others.
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August 28, 2012
A windstorm-driven measure requiring power companies to update emergency plans and coordinate better with local governments has passed both houses of the state legislature and is awaiting consideration by the governor, according to Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D- La Cañada Flintridge.) The bill would require the California Public Utilities Commission to set preparedness standards for utilities and compel utilities to meet with local agencies every two years. Portantino introduced the bill after strong windstorms in the fall of 2011 knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of San Gabriel Valley residents, with some in the dark for a week.
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By Charles Cooper | February 5, 2009
State Sen. Carol Liu of La Cañada Flintridge said this week the Legislature is still waiting for signs of leadership from the man she calls ?Governor Bankrupt? in resolving the budget dilemma facing the state. ?This is the worst I?ve ever seen it,? she said of the budget shortfall facing the state. ?I keep hearing there are solutions on the way, but I haven?t seen anything.? California is facing a deficit estimated at in excess of $40 billion over the next two years, and is out of cash to meet payments due, including tax refunds and payment to social service providers.
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By Anita S. Brenner | December 21, 2011
When we moved to La Cañada in the mid-1970s, we expected our power to go out with every storm. We knew we were moving to the tules - too far east of Westwood to order La Barbera's pizza and too far west of Manhattan to order anything. La Cañada was not yet an incorporated city. Michael Cunningham (LCHS '70) was not yet a famous author (“The Hours”). We bought our books in Pasadena at Vroman's, not in La Cañada. People rode horses down Foothill Boulevard, past La Cañada Feed and Seed.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | April 13, 2011
First, the good news: After nearly three years under a state of water emergency, heavy snowfall and rebounding reservoir levels prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to declare late last month that California’s drought is officially over. But rather than turn on the sprinklers with reckless abandon, La Cañada Flintridge residents remain under continued pressure to conserve — if for no other reason than water here has gotten to be fairly expensive. La Cañadans might be surprised to learn they pay up to twice as much for water as their neighbors in Pasadena and Glendale.
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August 16, 2007
Letters to the Editor It has been disclosed that a large portion of Carol Liu’s state Senate campaign is being financed by companies and individuals who will benefit from favorable decisions by her husband, Michael Peavy, chairman of the California PUC. It is time for Ms. Liu to return all of this money to its phone and energy sources. But then, is it possible that Ms. Liu has already accepted the appearance, if not the actuality, of being bought? — Arthur Niemann, La Cañada Flintridge   Carol Liu and her husband Michael Peevey, the subjects of an 2005 IRS investigation of a scheme to avoid paying nearly $3.5 million in income taxes, are in the news yet again.
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February 2, 2006
LCF vs. Sprint I wish to express my thanks for all your coverage of the case of Sprint v. La Cañada. It should be noted that the public record on this case includes the following: 1) Sprint's representations of a coverage "gap" were refuted in the City Council Hearings. The areas that Sprint had represented as having no coverage actually were accessible to the existing basic Sprint network at the time. These "dead zones" were originally noted in yellow areas noted on the maps provided by Sprint in their permit applications.
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By Charles Cooper | April 24, 2008
La Cañada Flintridge resident Michael Peevey, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, led the PUC in a recent vote to create the California Institute for Climate Solutions. The new institute will be funded with $60 million a year over the next ten years from utility ratepayers, along with matching funds in equal amount to be found from private sources. The PUC president and the University of California president will co-chair the directing board, which will have members from the state Senate, Assembly, state agencies, utilities and consumer advocacy groups, among others.
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