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California acts against poll measure to execute gays

by Gizmoration March 26, 2015
Los Angeles (AFP) – California announced legal action  to suppress a “reprehensible” ballot initiative to outlaw homosexuality — on pain of execution — in the famously liberal US state. The proposal — unlikely to advance, as it requires over 360,000 signatures to proceed — was submitted by lawyer Matthew McLaughlin to the California Attorney General’s [...]

Apple recycled water project for Cupertino & Campus 2 approved amid California drought concerns

by Gizmoration March 25, 2015
A $ 17.5 million project led and partly funded by Apple to increase the use of recycled water in Sunnyvale and Cupertino has been approved by city officials. Mercury News reports that the Santa Clara Valley Water District has given the project the go ahead this week which will see the city of Sunnyvale, Apple and [...]

California bill requires warrant for stingray use

by Gizmoration March 25, 2015
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—A California state bill that would require a warrant to access all kinds of digital data passed its first hurdle after being approved by the Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday. Among other sweeping new requirements to enhance digital privacy, the bill notably imposes a warrant requirement before police can access nearly any type [...]

Tesla Model X Spied On California Highway

by Gizmoration March 24, 2015
 Tesla’s pure electric SUV is nearing launch and there is apparently at least one cruising around California. The video above shows a slightly camouflaged Model X near Palo Alto. The SUV looks good even with all the design elements covered up. Read More

Crosby, Stills & Nash Singer David Crosby Strikes & Seriously Injures Jogger In California

by Gizmoration March 23, 2015
Crosby, Stills & Nash legend David Crosby was involved in a scary accident in Santa Ynez, California yesterday evening. “Mr. Crosby, who was driving into the sun, did not see a male pedestrian directly ahead of him who was jogging toward the right side of the roadway,” CHP Sgt. Don Clotworthy stated in a report. [...]

Renewables Curtailment: What We Can Learn From Grid Operations in California and the Midwest

by Gizmoration March 23, 2015
America’s electric grid is undergoing rapid metamorphosis as wind and solar become a significant part of the system: Half of all new generation capacity added in 2014 were renewables. Nearly seven gigawatts of solar was installed in 2014 to reach just under 20 gigawatts of cumulative capacity, and 4.7 gigawatts of wind were installed in 2014, [...]

California Healthcare Exchange Dangles Its $50 Million Account

by Gizmoration March 19, 2015
Covered California, the state's healthcare exchange, is looking for agency help expand the pool of residents enrolled in health insurance coverage. A request for proposals for exchange's advertising account indicates a media budget of $ 50 million, which is slightly less than in each of the past two years when Covered California was introduced. Units [...]

Study: Solar PV in the Built Environment Could Power California Nearly 5 Times Over

by Gizmoration March 18, 2015
In 2007, when the cost of a rooftop solar system hovered around $ 8 per watt, engineer and solar advocate Bill Powers proposed an ambitious plan: replace a proposed transmission line for southern California with 2,000 megawatts of PV systems across San Diego. Opponents of the Sunrise Powerlink transmission line, which was completed by the [...]

California only has about year of water left

by Gizmoration March 13, 2015
There was an op-ed published Friday in the Los Angeles Times about the complete calamity that is California’s water supply. The state is in its fourth year of drought conditions. California’s official drought site notes that this January was “considered the driest January since meteorological records have been kept.” Reservoir levels remain way below average. Resevoir [...]

McDonald’s Journey From 1940s California BBQ Joint to SXSW Sponsor

by Gizmoration March 12, 2015
In 1940, Richard and Maurice McDonald started a BBQ joint in San Bernardino, Calif. It took eight years for the rookie restaurant to develop its brand and switch focus exclusively to burgers and French fries, solidifying itself as the greasy hamburger connoisseur we think of today. In 1955, McDonald's franchises were introduced when businessman Ray [...]

A Comprehensive Guide to Rebates and Tax Credits Under the California Solar Initiative

by Gizmoration March 9, 2015
Most people who look into going solar know about the 30 percent federal Investment Tax Credit. But many don't know that there are more than 100 different solar tax credits, rebates and incentives in the state of California. In fact, there are so many solar incentives that many of the solar installation companies operating in [...]

California PUC Aims to Replace Shuttered Nuclear and Gas With More ‘Preferred Resources’

by Gizmoration March 9, 2015
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) made a proposed decision on Friday that denied approval of a new gas-fired power plant in the coastal Southern California city of Carlsbad. According to the PUC, approval for the plant was denied because the utility, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), did not sufficiently consider “preferred resources,” meaning [...]

Plug-and-Play Residential PACE Financing Grows in California

by Gizmoration March 7, 2015
Property-assessed clean energy (PACE) loan programs for homes rebounded in a big way in 2014, with residential PACE projects eclipsing the commercial PACE market. California leads the way going into 2015, with more than $ 500 million in completed residential projects. The majority of that money came through the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) program. [...]

Why a picture of a vagina could force Facebook to fight lawsuits outside California

by Gizmoration March 6, 2015
Facebook could soon have to fight a lot more lawsuits outside its native California. The high court in Paris ruled this week that it had jurisdiction in a case involving a French teacher who has his Facebook account suspended after posting a 19th century painting of a woman’s vagina, AFP reports. ‘L’Origine du Monde’ – ‘The [...]

Google can now help you compare car insurance rates… if you live in California

by Gizmoration March 5, 2015
There’s a Google tool for just about everything you can think of, so why not car insurance? Google Compare for car insurance currently lets you view listings from 14 sponsored insurers with rate information. Once users see a rate they like, they can sign up for a policy online or call an agent with the provided number. [...]

Lower California pollution spells big gains for children’s lungs

by Gizmoration March 5, 2015
Washington (AFP) – A study conducted over 20 years in the Los Angeles area has shown that the region’s improving air quality has led to children having better functioning lungs, researchers said. The findings, which tracked 2,000 young people from age 11 to 15, were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  The scientists [...]

Growing Community Energy Efforts Are Shifting the Utility Model in California

by Gizmoration March 4, 2015
How can communities take control of their power mix? Who should own and control power generation assets in the 21st century? In the U.S., the landscape is dominated by investor-owned utilities — private entities that serve customers in order to generate a profit for shareholders. This model has worked pretty well for decades now — [...]

Check Google’s plans for its crazy new campus in California (GOOG)

by Gizmoration March 1, 2015
Google just announced details about a beautiful new campus it’s planning to develop in Mountain View, California.  The company is submitting plans to develop four sites in Mountain View’s North Bayshore. This campus is designed by Bjarke Ingels at BIG and Thomas Heatherwick at Heatherwick Studio, and it will be the first time Google has built offices from scratch, instead of [...]

Big, beautiful renderings of the stunning new campus Google is planning in California (GOOG)

by Gizmoration February 27, 2015
Google just announced details about the beautiful new campus it’s planning to develop in Mountain View, California.  The company is submitting plans to develop four sites in Mountain View’s North Bayshore. It will be the first time Google has built offices from scratch, instead of taking over previously existing buildings. This campus is designed by Bjarke Ingels [...]

Cynaps Mint, an Integratable Bone Conduction Headset

by Ranjan Yadavon January 29, 2015
Cynaps Mint is an integratable bone conduction headset built in San Francisco, California by Product Developer, Mike Freeman. Cynaps Mint allows you to convert any hat or helmet into a bone conduction headset thereby letting you to listen without even blocking your ears. The interesting part is thay you get a free sweat absorbing running [...]