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Wine Country Fires Intensify — Update: 17 Dead; 100 Missing

California has 64 active fires burning across the state, with the worst devastation caused by the seven major Wine Country fires, fueled by 68-mile-per-hour Diablo winds that have burned 94,000 acres, killed 11 people, and destroyed at least 2,000 homes and businesses.

Napa Wine Country fires (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

Report: PG&E Offshoring IT Jobs to India to Cut Wage Costs

In the latest high visibility offshoring of Silicon Valley jobs to India, the San Francisco Business Times (SFBT) reported last month that the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) will offshore about 72 information technology (IT) jobs from San Francisco to India in a restructuring that could slash labor costs by 75 percent.

PG&E empty chair (Tony Avelar / Associated Press))

CA Liberals’ Demand to Shut Power Plants Risks New Energy Crisis

The Los Angeles Times reports a new effort to shut down local natural gas power plants due to the possibility of a 21 percent electrical capacity glut by 2020. But shrinking the surplus generation cushion runs the risk of launching another energy crisis like the one that caused Governor Gray Davis’ recall.

California natural gas (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Whoops! California Dept of Finance Made $1.8 Billion Error

The California Department of Finance told Breitbart News that they did not discover a negative $1.8 billion cost error in calculating the state budget, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on June 27, until after the November 8 elections.

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California Adds $2.7 Billion in Unfunded Spending

With a little over two more years left in office, California Governor Jerry Brown agreed to a $122.5 billion budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year that adds $2.7 billion of mostly unfunded new spending for welfare, schools and prisons.

The Associated Press

Drought: Northern Reservoirs at 96%; CA to Ease Emergency

With Northern California’s massive Shasta and Orville dams about to fill up for the first time in five years of drought, the state is about to lift mandatory statewide water conservation order for most cities and farms.

(Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

California Now Only 2nd Most Expensive State to Own a Car

California is the second-most expensive state to own a car, when adding in the purchase price, taxes, insurance premiums and maintenance costs — and Governor Jerry Brown is looking to regain the top crown.

California Black License Plate (Marcin Wichary / Flickr / CC / Cropped)

Oil Scandal: Did Jerry Brown Want to Frack, Himself?

Jerry Brown’s alleged use of California state staff to access geological data may have been related to an effort to maximize the potential for fracking on the Governor’s private land.

The Associated Press

Left Attacks California Governor as ‘Big Oil Brown’

As Governor Brown wrestles with the Democrat-run state legislature on how to spend the state’s supposed $3 billion surplus, he is being challenged by California’s powerful environmentalist lobby.

The Associated Press

Brown Not Cutting Oil Industry Water Use because of Tax Collection

Governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order Wednesday implementing California’s first-ever mandatory water restrictions that require cities and towns to cut their water usage by 25 percent over the next nine months. But Brown will not cut oil company water use for fracking because the industry pays over $20 billion in state and local taxes.

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CalPERS Could Owe Obamacare $770 Million in “Cadillac Tax’

California government entities and their unions are panicking because Obamacare’s punitive 40% “Cadillac Tax” beginning in 2018 will directly hit the low-deductible and broad-provider network type of “platinum” healthcare coverage that public employees have enjoyed under the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS).

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