California Privacy Proposal Divides Privacy Advocates As Vote Nears

A privacy proposal on the ballot in California next month has divided advocates as voters in the state appear poised to pass what could become the new de facto standard for the U.S.

Opponents of the California Privacy Rights Act in recent weeks have stepped up closing arguments over how aspects of the 52-page proposal could actually weaken a benchmark privacy law that the state began enforcing in July. The criticisms contrast starkly with the stated purpose of the ballot measure, which privacy experts say will set ground rules for much of the digital economy in lieu of a federal standard.

“The text is riddled with things that seem like small changes but in fact will reduce the privacy protections we have today,” said Mary Stone Ross, who helped lead the group behind the California Consumer Privacy Act—the existing law—and is pushing against the proposed replacement.

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California energy leaders say planning failures led to August blackouts

California’s rolling blackouts this summer were caused largely by a combination of planning failures that led to a lack of adequate power supplies, state energy leaders told Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday.



A deer walks through dry grass beneath high voltage power lines seen from Terrace Drive in El Cerrito in September.


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A deer walks through dry grass beneath high voltage power lines seen from Terrace Drive in El Cerrito in September.


Electricity demand exceeded what the state had secured because of an extreme heat wave, fueled by climate change, that affected areas across the Western United States, three crucial energy agencies said in a report about the outages. That’s in line with what grid managers have maintained since the blackouts happened in August.

Current energy resource procedures “are not designed to fully address an extreme heat storm like the one experienced in mid-August,” said top officials at the California Independent System Operator, the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Energy Commission.

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centrexIT and Biocom Launch New IT Platform to Streamline Business Operations for California Life Science Companies

IT Deal Desk eliminates the hassle of vetting and securing new technology providers

centrexIT, an information technology (IT) services provider helping businesses thrive through technology, and Biocom, California’s leading life science member association, today announced the launch of IT Deal Desk. The latest platform provides Biocom members with exclusive access to an extensive, vetted partner network and simplifies the task of negotiating and securing agreements on members’ behalf.

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centrexIT and Biocom launch IT Deal Desk, an IT Platform that eliminates the hassle of vetting and securing new technology providers. (Graphic: Business Wire)

“centrexIT has decades of collective experience operating IT strategy in the life science industry. Currently, roughly 40% of our clients work in the space, so we understand what it takes to support regulated businesses,” says Dylan Natter, CEO of centrexIT. “Our company has been part of the

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