Commentary: How governor’s regional electricity grid plan is flawed

Gov. Jerry Brown’s regionalization plan would transfer control of California’s electric grid to a board selected by private electric industry corporations.

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The plan would take away the right of the people of California to elect the appointing authority — the governor of the state of California. Under the plan, out-of-state companies in the new system would then be free to move their large carbon-based electricity, such as coal and natural gas over the regional grid.

The plan would shift renewable energy generation away from California, and give to out-of-state renewable energy generators market power over renewable energy needed by California to meet its Renewable Energy Portfolio mandate. In 1996, California made the mistake of putting an electricity deregulation system in place that transferred control over electricity generation needed in California. Electricity prices soared from $8 billion in 1999 to $20 billion in 2000. Proponents would have us repeat the same mistake made under the electricity deregulation — transferring control over electricity generation outside of California.

Under the plan the jurisdiction of the California System Operator, the entity that manages California’s electric grid, would be extended to parts of Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming, and all of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Recent judicial decisions have made it clear California …read more

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Manchester bombing victims Saffie, 8, and Georgina, 18

Saffie Rose Roussos. (PA  via AP)

LONDON (AP) — The names of the 22 victims killed by a suicide bomber at a Manchester concert on Monday night have not been officially released, but here what’s known about them so far:

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Saffie Rose Roussos. (PA via AP)

Saffie Roussos, aged 8, was the youngest of the 22 victims identified so far.

In a statement, the head teacher of the Tarleton Community Primary School that she attended in the village of Tarleton, Lancashire, described her as “simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word. She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly. Saffie was quiet and unassuming with a creative flair.”

The head teacher, Chris Upton, said her death was “a tremendous shock to all of us.”

“The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking,” he said.

The schoolgirl had been at the concert with her mother, Lisa Roussos, and sister, Ashlee Bromwich, in her 20s, from Leyland, Lancashire. They are both now in separate hospitals being treated for injuries, friends said.

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Georgina Callander, a student, was a mega fan of Ariana Grande, with a picture of the two circulating on social media as her name emerged as the first confirmed victim.

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Peter Rawlinson, deputy of the Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy in Croston, northwest of Manchester, where Callander was a former pupil, told The Associated Press that her family had confirmed the death.

Rawlinson says Callander “was …read more

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Milbank: Trump’s cruel budget is merely propaganda

WASHINGTON — So it has come to this: A Russian government-funded propaganda outfit schooling the Trump administration on the cruelty of its proposed federal budget.

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Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s budget director, unveiled Trump’s ghastly 2018 budget proposal Monday afternoon in the White House briefing room, and one point of pride was that it proposed that the child-care tax credit and the earned-income tax credit — benefits for working families — be denied to illegal immigrants. “It’s not right when you look at it from the perspective of people who pay the taxes,” Mulvaney declared.

But Andrew Feinberg, a reporter with Russia’s Sputnik news outfit, pointed out that many of the children who would be cut off under Trump’s proposal are U.S. citizens. “Whether they’re here illegally or not,” Feinberg noted, “those families have American-citizen children.”

Mulvaney, who probably didn’t know he was being interrogated by Sputnik, argued back, saying that Feinberg wasn’t duly considering taxpayers and that “we have all kinds of other programs” for poor kids.

At this, another reporter in the room interjected: “You’re cutting that, too.”

It was a bizarre scene: An organization financed by Vladimir Putin’s …read more

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