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The path to carbon-free electricity

Electrical power transmitted to a large urban area. (Photo: urbans, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: Powering our state with entirely clean energy is not a pipe dream. At a time when the Trump administration is making harmful and backward decisions on our climate and energy future, Senate Bill 100 presents a golden opportunity for California to lead the nation. California already sources over a quarter of our electricity from wind and solar sources, empowering us to reach 50 percent renewable energy well before 2030.

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Capitol Weekly Podcast: Tom Chorneau

Author Tom Chorneau, left, and CW Editor John Howard in their formal wear. (Photo: Tim Foster, Capitol Weekly)

Longtime journalist Tom Chorneau joins us to talk about his debut novel, Enterprise Reporting, which follows one of the state’s top political reporters and his lobbyist uncle as they game the system during Arnold Schwarzenegger’s reign as California governor. Of course, it’s all fiction — wink, wink — but the characters are eerily familiar.

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Texting, driving — a deadly mix

The dangers of texting while driving. (Illustration: Quentin Lueninghoener) FairWarning

FairWarning: Just after noon on March 29, a pickup truck crossed the center line of a rural road in South Texas and slammed into a church bus, killing 13 members of the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels. A police report said the 20-year-old pickup driver, who survived, had taken medication and was texting. In other words, he was on two drugs, not one.

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Capitol Weekly’s Top 100 List – 2017

It’s time again for Capitol Weekly’s Top 100 list, as subjective a ranking as exists anywhere in politics, and one that sparks wildy diverse reactions – even some that are positive. “Dear God, you’re not doing that again,” said one. “You’ve got people on that list who haven’t been in the building (Capitol) in years… go get some new blood!”

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Where Are They Now? Assemblyman Willard Huyck

Willard Huyck, right, and Assemblyman Matthew Harper. (Office of Matthew Harper)

Former Assemblyman Willard Huyck is probably one of the more notable state legislators that you’ve never heard of. He was elected to the State Assembly at age 29 and served two terms before leaving to run a medical supply company. Now, more than 70 years after first arriving at the Capitol, Huyck is California’s oldest former legislator ever.

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Online privacy bill not what it seems

Photo illustration of encrypted internet information and a keyboard. (Image: Alexander Yakimov, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: In the California legislature, a privacy bill – The California Broadband Internet Privacy Act – was originally drafted, ironically enough, in private.  Now, even though it has been amended multiple times, it still remains deeply troubling and will harm California’s consumers. The bill is an example of what most Californians hate about our state’s lawmaking process.  It uses the “gut-and-amend” ploy, which means removing much or all of an original bill’s contents and replacing it with unrelated text,

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Can YOU name the people on the Top 100 Cover?

Just who are all those people on the cover of Capitol Weekly’s 2017 Top 100 Book?  We’re having a contest to see if anyone can name all 59 of the Californians on the cover.  The winner will receive a $150 gift certificate to Frank Fat’s! To enter, email your list of 59 names, using the numbers in the attached image as a guide, to: top100@capitolweekly.net by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.

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Don’t reverse Internet privacy safeguards

A woman using wireless broadband launches an app on her tablet. (Photo: Daniel Krason, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: California has a responsibility to get Internet policy right. The state’s ranking as the sixth largest economy understates its influence on the world’s innovation economy. One-third of global venture capital is invested in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Los Angeles or San Diego. California is the test bed, launch pad and sand box for thousands of apps and Internet services which, if successful, are launched on the world.

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Big Sur: A breathtaking, costly isolation

The approach to Bixby Bridge in Big Sur along California Highway 1. (Photo: Jingjits Photography)

The stunning region was slammed by storms last winter resulting in multiple landslides and a bridge failure that have largely isolated the region for six months. Now there are just two ways in south of where the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge was demolished — take a rugged half-mile trail in, then take a shuttle or rent an electric bike, or make a lengthy detour in from U.S Highway 101.

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Brown hits San Diego, Faulconer hits Sacramento

Gov. Brown speaks at a San Diego employer forum. (Photo: Adriana Heldiz, Voice of San Diego)

In the nearly seven years he’s been governor, Jerry Brown’s been frank about why he’s supported bold criminal justice reform, like Prop. 57, the 2016 ballot measure that, among other things, offers sentence credits to inmates who take advantage of rehabilitative programming. “I helped screw things up, but I helped unscrew things,” he said Friday at a forum put on by the California Prison Industry Authority, the state agency that provides work assignments and job training for state prisoners.

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