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By Neil Rubenstein
Observer Columnist 

California Pays Other States To Take Our Solar Power


October 5, 2017

Congresswoman, the Honorable Karen Bass will hold a meeting at Holman United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 7 from 10 a.m. to noon at 3320 West Adams Blvd, Los Angeles. RSVP at (323) 965-1422. Special guests will be L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson and Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson discussing excessive airplane noise and pollution.

Can you believe the California taxpayers have invested heavily in solar power? Now there is so much power that other states are sometimes paid to take it. There were 14 days in March that Arizona utilities got a gift from California.

Free solar power; it was better than free. California produced so much solar power that it paid Arizona to take excess electricity its residents weren’t using to avoid overloading its own power lines. It also happened on eight days in January and nine days in February. All told those transactions helped save Arizona millions of dollars.

California has paid other states to take our power. The number of days California dumped its unused solar electricity would have even been higher if the state hadn’t ordered some solar plants to reduce production. Our state now has a glut of power and this is proving costly for electricity users. Rates have risen faster here than in the rest of the U.S. and Californians now pay about 50 percent more than the national average.

Good news for the school teachers of Chicago. School retirement system recently borrowed $275 million to meet a teachers’ pension fund obligation that was due on June 30.

Louisiana colleges and universities will have limited authority to ask applying students about their criminal histories. However, schools still can ask about convictions for stalking, rape and sexual battery,

More good news and this time it’s for alcoholics and boozers. Distillers in Tennessee are launching a 25-stop whiskey trail. Perhaps we know the same five who have told me they are flying to Nashville, supposedly to see Cousin Minnie Pearl at the Grand Ole Opry. Now we all know they’re going for the liquor because Minnie died in 1996 - over 21 years ago.

In a recent ruling the Connecticut Supreme Court said a woman’s profane tirade against a store manager was protected free speech. The Court ordered an acquittal on a misdemeanor breach of peace charge.

What would you say are the worst trucking chokepoints in the United States? For me it’s the 101 Freeway and the 405 interchange sometimes the four-level interchange downtown L.A. or the 405 and Interstate 10 interchange.

On a National level

1. Atlanta Georgia

2. Fort Lee New Jersey

3. Chicago Illinois

4. Louisville Kentucky

5. Cincinnati Ohio

6. Diamond Bar California

7. Seattle Washington

8. Houston Texas

Governor Christie signed an executive order on June 23rd, 2017 to insure more transparency in state agencies. State agencies in New Jersey must post final decisions as required by law, as well as, interim decisions including, but not limited to, notices of contract violations or sanctions, enforcement actions and fines, where disclosure of this information is in the best interest of public health, safety or welfare. This order requires website postings to be completed within one business day of the issuance of the final or interim order, decision or opinion. I just bet if our State Senator Holly Mitchell spoke to Governor Brown California we would be next.

The United States Supreme Court ruled awhile back on the Redskins trademark. In the opinion of the majority penned by Justice Alito who wrote, “Denying registrations that are offensive, offends a bedrock First Amendment principle. Speech may not be banned on the ground, it expresses ideas that offend…Speech that demeans based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability or any other similar ground is hateful, but the greatest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express the thought that we hate”.

Researchers with the University of New Hampshire harvested strawberries grown in low tunnels for 19 consecutive weeks. They also found the three-foot tall tunnels significantly increased the percentage of marketable fruit from an average of about 70 percent to 83 percent. The project is funded by the Department of Agriculture with plans to extend the growing season; also see what role plastics covered low tunnels in improving berry quality. The University is evaluating five different plastics for the tunnels. In New Hampshire the retail value of the crop is about $1.85 million.

In 2016 The United States had a total of 20 executions with Georgia leading the way with nearly half at nine.

West Virginia received 760 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills in just six years as 1,728 people fatally overdosed on these two pain killers.

It’s too late for my former mother-in-law but United States health officials have approved a new option for some woman battling ovarian cancer with a drug that targets a genetic mutation in some highly aggressive tumors. Check with your doctor regarding Rubraca.

I just know this might come back to haunt me, but in some states they have a hospital tax and a food tax. Will California be next?

Has anyone seen or heard anything about the Tea Party or the John Birch Society?


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