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Council cheers Prop. 16 loss

Political Landscape

June 12, 2010

Part of the issue was that the proposition's language was so ambiguous that it left a lot of room for interpretation — a disadvantage for ratepayers, said Lana Haddad, legislative analyst for Glendale Water & Power.

Davis called it "patently ridiculous, poorly written and with one main goal: to kill competition from the public sector," which often offers better, more reliable service at cheaper costs, he said.

PG&E spent upward of $10 million to defeat a recent ratepayer uprising in which they sought to switch to public power. The investment of $46 million was significantly cheaper than tamping down repeated local measures, Davis said.


Huff bill seeks to help car dealerships

California Sen. Bob Huff (R–Diamond Bar) announced Monday that the Assembly Transportation Committee unanimously supported his bill to ease regulations on car dealerships.

With more than 250 California dealerships closing their doors in just two years, we have to provide relief from the regulations that put the brakes on businesses, Huff said in a statement.

Current law prohibits salespeople from working at multiple dealerships unless they have identical ownership and structure. Dealerships are required to have original sales licenses publicly posted at each dealership — requiring salespeople to bring the original license to each business to report for work.

Huff said that's problematic, given that licenses can get lost or are forgotten. Senate Bill 1004 would repeal the laws, "and give much-needed flexibility to car dealerships. . . . allow[ing] salespersons to move freely from one dealership to another."

Schiff steps up his social networking

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) this week took steps to expand his online reach with constituents through popular social media and participating in an online competition.

Social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube present an unprecedented opportunity to directly engage constituents, Schiff said in a statement.

His Online All-Star Competition runs through June 21.

"For this reason, we are going beyond our weekly e-newsletter and Facebook efforts, and kicking off Twitter and other social media," he said.

To jump-start Schiff's chances in the competition, the public may "friend" him on Facebook:; follow him on Twitter:; and subscribe to his YouTube channel:

Schiff also urged residents to sign up for his Washington Update e-Newsletter at

— Christopher Cadelago

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