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  • CBS and Time Warner win; viewers lose in cable dispute

    CBS and Time Warner win; viewers lose in cable dispute
    So here's the final score: Time Warner Cable got some but not all of what it wanted. CBS got pretty much everything that it wanted. And after a month of being denied access to CBS, Showtime and other popular channels, Time Warner subscribers got the...
  • Al Gore, still energized

    Al Gore, still energized
    Al Gore hails from Tennessee, but when he comes to California next week, he'll be coming back to his spiritual home. In 2000, Californians gave him a double-digit lead — 1.3 million votes — over George W. Bush for president. His documentary,...
  • 'Smart meters' may soon be outdated

    California's three biggest utilities are charging customers nearly $4.6 billion to install millions of "smart meters" at homes and businesses. These newfangled meters, the utilities promise, will revolutionize energy usage by giving consumers far...
  • Medical pricing makes the head spin

    It began with a dizzy spell. Before long, though, what really had my head spinning was the inscrutable way that healthcare providers and insurers put a dollar value on medical services -- and how that leaves patients unable to determine a fair price for...
  • Curbing our need for oil

    Curbing our need for oil
    With oil prices at record highs and gas heading to the $4-a-gallon level, I was set to come roaring out of the gate today with a proposal that all vehicles be slapped with a conservation-promoting surcharge based on mileage, with proceeds going to public-...
  • Blue Shield hits health insurance policyholder with 54% rate hike

    Los Angeles resident Ruta Miller, 44, prides herself on keeping fit. "I'm super-healthy," she told me. "I exercise all the time. I eat well. I haven't even had a cold in I don't know how long." So she was a bit startled to receive a notice from Blue...
  • A California tax on oil drilling? Why not?

    The most persistent misconception about Californians is that we hate to raise taxes. The truth is that we adore raising taxes -- as long as someone else is paying, that is. So nonsmokers vote to raise cigarette taxes, teetotalers to raise liquor taxes....
  • First the cat, now the health system puts the bite on me

    First the cat, now the health system puts the bite on me
    Call it the $55,000 cat bite. That's the rough total in medical costs (so far) for a cat bite on my hand that turned into an infection that turned into surgery that turned into a week in the hospital. Cruddy cat. When I first wrote about the episode...
  • T-Mobile purchase of MetroPCS is good for consumers, for now

    T-Mobile purchase of MetroPCS is good for consumers, for now
    Consumers would normally shake their heads in dismay at news of yet another market-shrinking telecom merger. But T-Mobile USA gobbling up rival MetroPCS is one of those rare examples of a corporate roll in the hay actually being in consumers' best...
  • Insurers eager to maintain authority over healthcare premiums

    Insurers eager to maintain authority over healthcare premiums
    While most of us face uncertainty with the rollout of healthcare reform, some insurance companies in California have been feeling their oats lately. Here's how they're responding to Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones' warnings that their latest rate...
  • When a drug costs 30 times what it once did

    When a drug costs 30 times what it once did
    Diane Shattuck filled a prescription in December for a generic antibiotic called doxycycline. With insurance, she paid $4.30 for 60 pills at a CVS store in Orange. She returned at the end of February to refill her prescription. This time, she was told...