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  • Democratic spokesman threatens legal action against reporter over tell-all book

    02/23/2005 5:47:23 PM PST · by TheOtherOne · 12 replies · 1,093+ views
    Power struggle Democratic spokesman threatens legal action against reporter over tell-all book Bill Forman Steve Maviglio had his hands full this month, disseminating the California Democratic point of view on Secretary of State Kevin Shelley’s resignation. But Maviglio, who serves as deputy chief of staff for Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, also was dealing with a controversy of his own--albeit more privately. Off the Record, a political tell-all tome by former Dow Jones reporter Jason Leopold, opens with a less-than-flattering portrayal of Maviglio during his time as press secretary for Gray Davis. On January 27, Maviglio’s lawyer sent a letter to...
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • Calif State Senator To File Suit Wed To Void Elec Deals

    05/01/2002 2:34:06 AM PDT · by snopercod · 32 replies · 613+ views
    Wall Street Journal (paid subscribers only) ^ | April 30, 2002 | Jessica Berthold
    <p>LOS ANGELES -- A California state senator will file a lawsuit Wednesday to void all the state's long-term electricity contracts based on an energy consultant's alleged conflict of interest, said a spokesman for Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks.</p> <p>The lawsuit, which will be filed in state superior court in Pasadena, will claim that Vikram Budhraja violated California's government code when he helped negotiate on behalf of the government $43 billion in power contracts last year while being paid a consulting retainer by Edison International (EIX), McClintock spokesman John Stoos said Tuesday.</p>
  • FPPC fines agency over late filings : (California Powergate )

    03/15/2002 6:02:30 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies · 418+ views
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | March 15, 2002 | Gary Delsohn
    <p>A state agency -- not the individuals working for it -- was fined $69,500 Thursday for filing late potential conflict-of-interest statements during last year's electricity crisis.</p> <p>In a decision Secretary of State Bill Jones called "an outrage and an affront to the taxpayers," the California Fair Political Practices Commission levied its first-ever fine against another state agency -- the Department of Water Resources -- for violating the state's Political Reform Act.</p>
  • 'Worse than Vietnam'

    03/14/2002 6:16:50 AM PST · by Pokey78 · 64 replies · 983+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 03/14/2002 | Debra Saunders
    <p>A funny thing happened to Gov. Gray Davis' effort to paint GOP rival Bill Simon as an extremist nut bag.</p> <p>Davis opened his mouth.</p> <p>This is what he told the San Diego Union-Tribune editorial board last week.</p> <p>Davis said of the energy crisis: "This is like a war. This is worse than being in Vietnam. This is a full-out war against me."</p>
  • Consultant flap settled for $69,500 : ( California Power Crisis )

    03/08/2002 10:51:11 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies · 415+ views
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | Friday, March 8, 2002 | Emily Bazar -- Bee Capitol Bureau
    <p>They were late filing papers that showed interests in power firms.</p> <p>The state Department of Water Resources has acknowledged that it violated state ethics laws when it hired consultants to help California cope with the energy crisis last year, and has agreed to pay $69,500 in fines.</p>
  • Davis names ex-Edison chief to PUC

    03/06/2002 12:01:47 PM PST · by Toidylop · 25 replies · 401+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Wednesday, March 6, 2002 | Stuart Leavenworth
    <p>Gov. Gray Davis has appointed a former president of Southern California Edison to a state panel charged with regulating Edison and other public utilities.</p> <p>Davis said Michael R. Peevey would bring "more than three decades of experience" to the Public Utilities Commission -- experience that immediately came under fire from the state's consumer groups.</p>
  • Candidates split on solving power crisis

    03/02/2002 6:26:30 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 8 replies · 385+ views
    UNION-TRIBUNE ^ | 3/1/02 | Ed Mendel
    SACRAMENTO – The three main Republican candidates for governor want to push forward with a corrected version of electricity deregulation, but only businessman Bill Simon advocates something like deregulation in its purest form. Polls show that most Californians think Gov. Gray Davis mishandled the problem created by the failed deregulation plan, allowing the utilities to run up huge debts that resulted in the state stepping in to buy power for utility customers. But instead of just responding to criticism from the Republican candidates, Davis is trying to turn the electricity issue to his advantage by warning that the Republican candidates ...
  • Deal Breaker

    02/28/2002 4:36:14 AM PST · by xsysmgr · 11 replies · 334+ views
    Reason Magazine ^ | February 28, 2002 | Mike Lynch
    In December 2000, the Los Angeles Times asked California's chief energy regulator, Loretta Lynch, why the state was preventing utilities from locking in predictable prices for power. "You can't just allow any contract," she explained. Spot prices for power might drop, the California Public Utility Commission reasoned, and then fixed-price contracts would mean higher prices for consumers. One company, PG&E, ended up filing for bankruptcy after spot power prices increased for months on end. With PG&E bankrupt and other utilities too broke to buy power last winter, the state stepped in to become the main purchaser of electricity for ...
  • PG&E Corp. Moves to Dismiss Attorney General's Lawsuit

    02/17/2002 9:20:17 PM PST · by lewislynn · 1 replies · 325+ views
    Harts Energy Markets ^ | Feb. 15 -02 | PRNewswire-FirstCall
    PG&E Corp. Moves to Dismiss Attorney General's Lawsuit SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG) today filed a motion in the Northern District U.S. Bankruptcy Court to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the Corporation by the California Attorney General. The Corporation said the attorney general's complaint illegally interferes with the court's supervision of Pacific Gas and Electric Company's plan of reorganization process and illegally seeks to punish PG&E Corporation for co-sponsoring the plan of reorganization. The attorney general's complaint alleges that PG&E Corporation and its directors made improper use of the Bankruptcy Court by virtue of PG&E ...
  • Global Crossing gave [California] state politicians more than $350,000

    02/15/2002 12:47:51 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies · 334+ views
    AP ^ | 2-15-02 | STEFANIE FRITH, Associated Press Writer
    <p>SACRAMENTO (AP) -- Top executives of Global Crossing, the telecommunications company whose collapse has led to the nation's fourth-largest bankruptcy, showered more than $350,000 on California politicians and causes in the last three years, state records show.</p> <p>Of that total, $145,000 went to Gov. Gray Davis in that period. That included a $100,000 contribution by Global Crossing Co-Chairman Gary Winnick to Davis in August 2000.</p>
  • [California] Senate committee votes to pursue criminal charges against Enron

    02/12/2002 1:52:31 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies · 381+ views
    AP ^ | 2-12-02 | JENNIFER COLEMAN, Associated Press Writer
    <p>SACRAMENTO (AP) -- A California Senate committee, convinced that bankrupt energy giant Enron has destroyed financial documents under legislative subpoena, voted Tuesday to seek criminal charges against the company for concealing evidence and conspiracy.</p> <p>Committee members also voted to ask the full Senate to find Enron in contempt of two legislative subpoenas -- one issued in June seeking documents related to California's energy market and the other for testimony about destruction of documents.</p>
  • California: What was role of Enron in state's power crisis?

    02/09/2002 12:09:07 PM PST · by John Jorsett · 29 replies · 497+ views
    San Diego Union Buffoon ^ | Feb 9, 2002 | Craig D. Rose
    Perhaps nothing underscores the degree to which a link between Enron Corp. and the California power crisis has been ignored as a moment during a congressional hearing this week. Former chief executive Jeffrey Skilling was describing the company's condition as of last spring. Enron, he said, faced "terrible problems" because California's electricity crisis had been "solved." Within a few months, of course, Enron's problems exploded. The reaction to Skilling's comment? Silence. No one on the panel explored why good news for California might have meant bad news for Enron, or vice versa. The silence added to the frustration of California ...
  • Gray "Dim-Bulb" Davis Took $119,000 from Enron!

    02/05/2002 2:50:57 PM PST · by Henchster · 129 replies · 625+ views
    Fox News | 02-05-2002 | Brit Hume Special Report
    Brit Hume just had a report on "Special Report" about Gray Davis (California governor) taking over $119,000 from Enron, more than anyone in Congress! He showed a clip of Dim-bulb getting grilled by reporters on the State Capitol steps, and he was losing his temper as he stated that he has stopped taking contributions from energy companies since he became governor. He refuses to return the money.
  • Gov. Davis met with Enron leader, but ignored his advice

    02/02/2002 10:40:38 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 18 replies · 432+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/02/02 | AP Wire
    <p>Gov. Gray Davis during a television interview Friday acknowledged meeting with then-Enron CEO Kenneth Lay last year during the state's energy crisis, but said that he ignored his advice.</p> <p>During a broadcast of the PBS show "Now With Bill Moyers," Davis said he met with Lay over several months at the request of the Clinton and Bush administrations.</p>
  • Enron and Clinton's Socialization of American Energy

    01/23/2002 7:02:34 AM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 16 replies · 463+ views
    Banner of Liberty ^ | January 21, 2002 | Mary Mostert
    The bankruptcy of Two of America's Largest Energy Companies in 8 Months In all the charges and countercharges, accusations of fraud and name-calling that is going on about the bankruptcy of Enron, it puzzles me that almost no one in the media is talking about the fact that it is the SECOND major American power company to declare bankruptcy recently. Pacific Gas and Electric in California, which employed 18,400 people and provided electric power to 4.5 million people filed for bankruptcy on April 2, 2001. Enron, which buys power on the supposedly "deregulated" market and sells it, has fewer transmission ...
  • What FERC Orders Really Mean

    01/21/2002 8:33:01 AM PST · by Robert357 · 11 replies · 355+ views
    Energy User News ^ | January 2002 | Chrisine Marshall, Boert Blair, Jonathan Abe, Christopher Clark
    Transmission lines What the end user needs to know about transmission The wholesale electricity and transmission industry has changed dramatically in the past several years and will continue to evolve as transmission owners seek to comply with federal orders urging the development and consolidation of competitive wholesale markets. The emerging concept called the regional transmission organization (RTO) is the foundation for continued change. Historically, the public has not been overly concerned with the status of the U.S. wholesale transmission market. However, when wholesale electricity markets are marked by price spikes, supply shortages, and reliability concerns, as was recently the case ...
  • FREEP THIS POLL (Gray Davis Job Performance)

    01/08/2002 12:34:28 PM PST · by ElkGroveDan · 62 replies · 459+ views
    KCRA TV Sacramento ^ | Jan 8, 2002
    Sacramento TV Station KCRA is doing a poll on Deomnrat Gray Davis' job performance. It's under the story about Davis' State of the State address tonight. VOTE
  • Enron: The Democratic Battle Cry?

    12/31/2001 2:06:48 PM PST · by GeneD · 59 replies · 1,655+ views ^ | 12/27/2001 | Jeffrey H. Birnbaum
    Enron is likely to move from the business pages to the front pages the more that the capital scrutinizes the largest corporate bankruptcy in history. And lawmakers and regulators are sure to look very closely indeed. At least four congressional committees, the Justice and Labor Departments and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating. This is on top of the many corporate inquiries that are ongoing. Washington is also bracing for political fall-out. And that could end up being quite extensive. The imbroglio could turn into a political scandal for the Bush administration. Enron and its chairman, Ken Lay, are ...
  • Politicians Return Enron Donations Ahead of Finger Pointing

    12/30/2001 4:49:35 PM PST · by rdavis84 · 47 replies · 1,290+ views
    Bloomberg via WND ^ | 29 Dec. '01 | Holly Rosenkrantz and William Roberts
    12/29 11:15 Politicians Return Enron Donations Ahead of Finger Pointing By Holly Rosenkrantz and William Roberts Washington, Dec. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Republican and Democratic campaign committees are returning or giving away $200,000 in contributions from Enron Corp. in a signal that both parties expect the company's collapse to become a political issue. The National Republican Senatorial Committee gave back a $100,000 gift from Enron last month. ``We just decided that with all their financial troubles it was best to return it,'' Dan Allen, a spokesman for the committee, said. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is giving $100,000 it received from ...