Why the new California AB 205 income-based surcharge is a horrific invasion of your privacy, and how you can protest it.

SIGN THE PETITION Like something repulsive oozing from the bottom of your shoe, Assembly Bill 205 is a revolting mess that requires a yet unidentified California government agency to start tracking your personal income.  After this agency gets possession of your private and personal tax information, a crack team of state-funded bureaucrats will decide how to charge the new fees on your electric bill as soon…

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AB 205 legislation

Recent Legislation Will Significantly Change How Utilities Calculate Residential Electricity Rates; according to August 29, 2023 California State Audit of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Go back to main Ab 205 page. Get this page as a pdf file. The Legislature is requiring the CPUC to authorize a fixed charge based on income in default residential electricity rates starting no later than July 1, 2024,…

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Analysis of California Tax Policy Relevant to AB-205, Governor Newsom’s Income-Based utility tax plan

Here’s the direct link to Franchise Tax Board’s Mission Statement and also their Founding Principles:  https://www.ftb.ca.gov/about-ftb/index.html   NOTE #1: Franchise Tax Board’s ‘Founding Principles’ also include their Statement of Principles of Tax Administration & Taxpayer Bill of Rights direct links embedded below :   Mission Statement:                 “Our mission is to help taxpayers file timely and accurate tax returns and pay the correct amount to fund…

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Text of California Assembly Bill 205, June 30, 2022

Text of California Assembly Bill 205 (AB 205, June 30, 2022), downloaded from https://legiscan.com/ on January 7, 2024. Not a word has been changed. For a hyperlink to this document on the Legiscan Web site, click here, or https://bit.ly/3tJnzVL Assembly Bill No. 205 CHAPTER 61 An act to add Article 13 (commencing with Section 16429.8) to Chapter 2 of Part 2 of Division 4 of Title…

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Tempers flare on 40th Anniversary of TMI meltdown at the San Onofre Nuclear “Community Engagement Panel”

At 4:00 a.m. on March 28, 1979, the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant had a meltdown.  Public Watchdogs’ director of development, Nina Babiarz, was working in Pennsylvania as a reporter not far from the disaster. Forty years later, Babiarz addressed Southern California Edison’s public relations organ, the “Community Engagement Panel” on the decommissioning of the failed and leaking nuclear reactors at the San Onofre Nuclear…

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Why you should “Throw out your holiday lights”

According to Forbes, lighting up the Griswold house with Christmas lights would cost the average American about $4,000.  Now, one of San Diego’s most trusted consumer advocates has told homeowners to throw out their holiday lights. According to Public Watchdogs’ director of development, Nina Babiarz, SDG&E’s new “peak use” charges could be shock if you use old fashioned incandescent light bulbs with your holiday lights.  “Just…

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San Diego Union Tribune Story on Lauren Warrem legal action against SANDAG

Business practices by SANDAG questioned in lawsuit Fired finance director sues, says she was let go after raising audit issues By Jeff McDonald The firing of a senior finance officer at the San Diego Association of Governments has drawn fresh attention to troubling and persistent business practices within the $1.2 billion regional planning agency, deficiencies that have been previously pointed out by auditors. Top executives of…

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NEW LAWSUIT EXPOSES SANDAG’S INCOMPETENCE AND CORRUPTION

SANDAG, the San Diego Area Association of Governments has been sued by its former finance officer        Lauren Warrem This story is a summary of the original story published on the front page of the  San Diego Union Tribune . It was written by investigative reporter, Jeff McDonald, on December 3, 2023. Get the original story here.   SANDAG, which has also been called San…

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Is SCE in Compliance with its Own CEP Charter

Is Southern California Edison (SCE) burning through hard earned Ratepayer Decommissioning Trust Fund (DTF) dollars to NOT ‘Engage’ the Community? Is SCE even in compliance of its own Community Engagement Panel (CEP) Charter? Edison states right up front in its ‘Purpose‘ of its Community Engagement Panel (CEP) Charter is that it intends: “to enhance and foster open communication, public involvement and education on SONGS decommissioning activities.”…

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Leah Moscal Maxwell

LEAH MOSKAL MAXWELL BIO   Leah Moskal Maxwell was the only daughter of our deceased board member and single parent, Phil Moskal Maxwell.  One could hardly ever have casual conversation with Phil that didn’t start with an enthusiastic review of his children and their accomplishments.  Above and beyond all the valuable contributions Phil made as a Board member and CPUC Subject Matter Expert, it was most…

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Webinar on Nuclear Waste, Tuesday, May 23, 5:30pm Register for the event here! Public Webinar: In a first of its kind presentation, concerned citizens and nuclear  experts, and public advocates will explore and expose current safety risks at the failed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). Visit the new Web site here.  Who: Paul Blanch, Nuclear Engineer and Safety Expert Cathy Iwane, Community Leader and Fukushima…

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