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Silicon Valley companies, cable providers and phone companies are squaring off with consumer groups and labor unions over a bill that would restrict the ability of the California Public Utilities Commission to regulate Internet phone service – although the commission has not moved to do so and the federal government says they can’t even if they want to.
Supporters of the heavily lobbied bill say state regulation of Internet phone service, which is increasingly supplanting traditional landline, would thwart innovation of technologies like Skype and create a hodge-podge of state regulation.
“The whole Internet service industry as we know it Read more »
Lawmakers return to Sacramento August 6 for a final 20 days to weigh the fate of hundreds of bills.
That’s the policy part. There’s also the politics.
On August 6, four legislative fundraisers are scheduled with a total tab of $4,300. On August 7, there are nine fundraisers scheduled in downtown at a cost of $10,800. The following day, there are10 at $12,500 scheduled. And, on August 9, another six totaling $5,900.
A total of 34 fundraisers are being held on August 14 and August 15 alone. Attending all 34 would cost $41,100.
So far – more could be added – there are a total of 121 fundraisers scheduled between August 6 and Read more »
On August 3, Facebook shares closed at $21.09.
Depending who you listen to, the projections anchoring the current state budget say in November Facebook stock will trade at $35 – Gov. Jerry Brown’s Department of Finance’s view — or $45, the Legislative Analyst says.
If those estimates are true then the state will pocket $1.2 billion according to the Department of Finance and $2.1 billion the way the Legislative Analyst sees it.
As of August 3, shares are trading at a bit less than two-thirds of the amount the Brown administration wants them to be in November and just under half what the analyst predicts they Read more »
Although at times it can seem a more common occurrence, the “Know-Nothings” only held California’s statehouse form 1856 to 1858.
The Know-Nothings – officially the American Party — rose from the ashes of the Whigs and the growing division in the Democratic Party between what were known as the Lecomptons and Anti-Lecomptons after a proposed constitution for the new state of Kansas drafted in that city to allow slavery.
In 1855, the top of the American Party’s ticket in California was J. Neely Johnson, a lawyer born in Gibson County Indiana who came to California in 1849.
Much of Johnson’s two years as Read more »
This west Los Angeles city boasting the ‘smallest Main Street in the world” is named for its creator, Harry H. Culver, a Nebraska native who moved to California in 1910 after stints as a customs agent and reporter in the Philippines following enlisting in the Spanish-American War.
Culver took a job in real estate with developer Isaac Newton Van Nuys — yes, that Van Nuys — then went out on his own.
The city that would bear his name – between Los Angeles and the resort of Venice – was 93 acres of barley when Culver stopped his car on West Washington Blvd. and Read more »
Facebook shares hit a new low July 31 — $21.71, 43 percent below its initial public offering.
This isn’t good new for the state, which hopes to bank a healthy chunk of tax receipts from stock sales the distribution of 240 million Restricted Stock Units to Facebook’s 3,000 employees as early as November.
Lower share price, lower rake-off for the state.
Both Gov. Jerry Brown’s Department of Finance and the Legislative Analyst predict a share price of between $35 and $45 in November when those RSUs, as they are known, get handed to employees.
While still three months until November – a lifetime on the Read more »
Who doesn’t is increasingly the better question.
In one infographic created by Go-Gulf.com, a Dubai website design team, it’s estimated there are more than 2 billion persons online – some 30 percent of the world’s population.
The highest concentrations of users are in North America, Europe and Oceania.
A US Internet user averages 32 hours online. The average in roughly half that for global users.
There are 4 billion YouTube views per day and 1 billion Google searches.
A second infographic examines social networking use.
Facebook had 901 million visits, followed by Twitter with 555 million and Google with 170 million, Go-Gulf.com says.
Of Read more »
Even though illegal for anyone else to do so, law enforcement agencies can tint or glaze a vehicle’s front side or rear windows under a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The measure, sponsored by the Peace Officers Research Association of California, is supposedly aimed at ending the embarrassing situation of a peace officer puling over someone for illegal window tinting and discovering that person is an undercover officer.
Says the author of AB 2660 , Assemblyman Jose Solorio, a Santa Ana Democrat:
“The arresting police officer may be required to give the other officer a ticket because the law Read more »
California no longer has a Commission on Industrial Innovation.
This thanks to AB 1460 signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown who, coincidentally, wrote the 1981 Executive Order creating the commission during his second term as governor and signed the 1982 legislation placing the commission in statute..
Assemblywoman Alyson Huber, an El Dorado Hills Democrat, says the commission no longer exists and its “activities are supported by other divisions of government, including the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.”
This leads to an obvious question: Why is legislation needed to eliminate something that no longer exists?
Huber’s bill was heard by the Read more »
Republican George Cooper Pardee – born July 25, 1857 in San Francisco –probably couldn’t be elected governor today.
At least not as a Republican.
His “liberalism” and willingness to increase taxes would almost certainly doom any chances of his nomination in 2012′s Republican party.
Pardee’s political philosophy led to suggestions of his being Roosevelt’s running mate in 1904 – even though the state’s 1.5 million inhabitants made California the 21st most populous of the 45 states.
Pardee’s answer to Read more »
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