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CA Legal News: California Renewable Energy Resources Act

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law, an Act that gives the state of California 9 years within which to obtain a third of its energy from renewable sources. This is in keeping with former Governor Schwarzenegger’s 2008 executive order “requiring that California utilities reach the 33 percent renewables goal by 2020” (http://www.energy.ca.gov/renewables/).  The question is, can California implement this law without breaking the bank?

2006 statistics from the California Manufacturers and Technology Association indicate that in 2006, CA had the eighth highest cost of electricity of all the states, after Hawaii (approximately double the cost of CA electricity), Massachusetts and New Hampshire, were almost a third more expensive than California. The lowest energy costs were roughly half that of California, in West Virginia and Idaho (Energy Index)

More recent statistics from the U.S. Energy Information Administration indicate that as of Dec 2010 the “Average Retail Price of Electricity to Ultimate Customers” in CA was 13.81 cents per kilowatthour. This makes the cost of energy in CA cheaper than Alaska and Hawaii (which arguably have their own infrastructure and transmission related issues driving up the cost), and also cheaper than   Connecticut (17.39), Massachusetts (14.53) and New Hampshire (14.82) and only slightly cheaper than the District of Columbia at 13.75 cents per kilowatthour. On the low end are Wyoming, Washington and Idaho (6.2, 6.6, and 6.54) (http://www.eia.gov/cneaf/electricity/epm/table5_6_b.html).

Still, even if you look at commercial rates only, California, at 11.26 cents per kilowatthour still does not have rates that are “50% higher than in the rest of the country” as Joseph Vranich claims in his blog post Why do Companies Leave California? As of these statistics for December 2010, updated March 2011, the U.S. average is “9.81” cents per kilowatthour which makes California rates only 14% higher than the national average, or if you want to use the statistics of the cheapest state, in this case, Idaho, at 6.31, well yes, the rates are definitely more than 50% higher in California than they are in Idaho (Vranich).

Regardless of the exact or comparative numbers, the implementation of new renewable sources of energy will require an initial investment in infrastructure, and this comes at a time when state and federal funding is already tight. Energy law expert, Dian Grueneich, formerly Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission, believes that while energy efficiency may reduce energy emissions in accordance with the 2006 California Global Warming Solutions Act, implementation of the recent California Renewable Energy Resources Act may be slow given the current financial restrictions.

How do you think this will turn out? Will California lead the country and the world in achieving 33-40% renewable energy sources within the next 8 years, 8 months? Or will California bankrupt it residents and drive more businesses to Nevada (and other states) with unreasonable energy price hikes?


San Diego Legal News: Mount Soledad Cross ruled unconstitutional and new laws discussed

The enormous crucifix on government owned land that has been touted as a symbol of support for U.S. veterans has been deemed  unconstitutional. Government resources cannot legally be used to exclusively promote any specific religion, and the Mount Soledad cross is no exception. However, Republicans are determined to keep the cross and are trying to bypass the decision of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals by taking to Congress their request to keep the Christian symbol standing.


TJ Alumnus News: TJ Alumnus appointed to IRS Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC)

TJSL alumnus T.J. Turner, Director of income tax research at Vertex Inc., an international company specializing in corporate enterprise tax solutions, has been elected to the ETAAC as of November 23, 2010.

To read the full story, see:

Vertex’s T.J. Turner Appointed to the IRS Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC), Business Wire (Dec, 06 2010).

Local News: Wrongful Termination – Scott Kessler fired for being a whistleblower?

San Diego Mayor Jerry Saunders is currently defending the decision to lay off former Deputy Director of Economic Development, Scott Kessler. Kessler claims that he was fired for being a whistleblower on issues related to bribery, fraud, and conflict of interest. For more information, see these two recent articles from the San Diego Reader, and 10News.com. This news comes on the heels of another San Diego Reader news report questioning the Mayor’s ethics regarding the financial interest of San Diego.

San Diego Reader by Don Bauder (Nov 10, 2010)
San Diego Reader by Don Bauder (Oct 19, 2010)

Local News: Thomas Jefferson School of Law alumnus runs for San Diego Superior Court Seat

Thomas Jefferson School of Law alumnus, and second generation attorney Jim Miller is running for San Diego Superior Court Seat 20. He aligns himself with the policies of Supreme Court Justice Scalia, and is endorsed by the San Diego Republican Party. The full article, entitled Bench Seats: Judicial Candidates Monroy & Miller Field Questions can be read in the East County Magazine. For more information about Miller, and his opponent, Richard Monroy see: