Rachel Brahinsky

A new California tax revolt

The state and global financial crises have pushed the UC system into intense contraction, compounding years of rising student costs
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OPINION Don't miss the struggle underway over the future of the University of California.

Some see it as just another chapter in the unfolding story of the state's economic decline. That's partly true. But what's really interesting is what it could become.

If it's played right, the showdown over university fees and salaries could inspire a revival of sorts of the California tax revolt. Except this time, the rebels wouldn't be tax-haters, like we saw in 1978 with Prop. 13. Read more »

MUD money

A public power agency can cut rates by 20 percent - and still operate with a budget surplus.
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Originally published October 10, 2001 A San Francisco public power agency could buy out Pacific Gas and Electric Co., cut residential electricity rates by 20 percent, dramatically reduce the city's reliance on fossil fuels - and still operate with a $18 million annual surplus, a Bay Guardian analysis shows. Our study's figures directly contradict the argument that's at the heart of PG&E's campaign against public power: they show that a municipal electrical system can be bought and run at no cost to the taxpayers - with plenty of money left over. Read more »