The proposal to continue California's cap-and-trade program after 2020 contains an array of fiscal incentives aimed at getting rival interests to sign off.
JIM MILLER in the Sacramento Bee: "Legislation to extend California’s nationally watched cap-and-trade program, which could come up for a vote as early as Monday, contains key fiscal sweeteners meant to win its passage: extending the sales and use tax exemption for manufacturers and research and development companies, and expanding it to cover purchases by biomass and other renewable energy generators as well as agricultural businesses. It also suspends the fire prevention charge."
"Backers of the tax breaks say the cuts would help lower consumers’ electric bills and help achieve the state’s pollution-control goals by encouraging more spending on renewable energy."
"But the perks would be expensive. The new tax cuts for power companies would total about $90 million a year. Extending the breaks for manufacturers would mean a total cost of a quarter-million dollars annually, or $2.4 billion through 2030."
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The Oakland Police Department sex scandal now has a U.S. District judge threatening the city of Oakland with sanctions.
East Bay Times' DAVID DEBOLT: "In the wake of a hearing Monday, U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson on Wednesday ordered the city of Oakland to file a detailed response to a court-commissioned report critical of the police department’s handling of a sexual misconduct case or else face possible sanctions or contempt of court proceedings."
"Henderson, who oversees Oakland police’s federal reform program, gave the city a deadline of September 15. The judge’s order was filed two days after top Oakland city and police officials were summoned to a San Francisco courtroom to explain what they are doing to get the police department back on track in the aftermath of a June 21 report by attorneys Edward Swanson and Audrey Barron."
"Swanson and Barron concluded that OPD’s top brass, including then-Police Chief Sean Whent, failed to thoroughly investigate claims of officer sexual misconduct with a teenager detailed in a September 2015 suicide note by Officer Brendan O’Brien. O’Brien wrote that fellow officers were sexually involved with the girl, previously known as Celeste Guap. She is the daughter of a police dispatcher."
Kamala Harris continues to build her profile and role as a Democratic fund-raising tool.
The Chronicle's JOE GAROFOLI: "If you’re a progressive, getting an email fundraising pitch from MoveOn.org is like seeing the fog roll in through the Golden Gate. It seemingly happens every day at the same time."
"But check out the name fronting one that just landed: Sen. Kamala Harris. Rookie senators aren’t usually asked to lend their name to pitches to MoveOn’s audience of 5 million, but the California Democrat is already paying dividends as the pitch is getting “an unusually strong” fundraising return, MoveOn Washington Director Ben Wikler told me Wednesday."