Sher­iffs op­posed to weak­ened Cal­i­for­nia im­mi­gra­tion bill

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Cal­i­for­nia sher­iffs said Tues­day they re­main op­posed to leg­is­la­tion that would put new re­stric­tions on their in­ter­ac­tions with fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion author­i­ties de­spite changes de­manded by Gov. Jerry Brown that sig­nif­i­cantly scaled back the bill’s reach.

SACRAMENTO — Other Western states would share over­sight of Cal­i­for­nia’s power grid un­der a plan in­tro­duced by a state law­maker that sup­port­ers say would save as much as $1.5 bil­lion a year and run the sys­tem more ef­fi­ciently.

Crit­ics have said the pro­posal by Demo­cratic Assem­bly­man Chris Holden would sur­ren­der Cal­i­for­nia’s con­trol over its own elec­tric­ity sys­tem.

Law­mak­ers are re­view­ing a se­ries of amend­ments Holden in­tro­duced late last week to al­ter the struc­ture of the gov­ern­ing body that over­sees the Cal­i­for­nia In­de­pen­dent Sys­tem Op­er­a­tor, which runs the elec­tric grid for much of the state.

Cal­i­for­nia cur­rently op­er­ates with a glut of power plants and is at times forced to pay other states to take its ex­cess so­lar and wind power, the Los An­ge­les Times re­ported Mon­day.

“This is go­ing to be good for the ratepay­ers of Cal­i­for­nia,” Holden, of Pasadena, said of the amend­ments, which re­vive a con­cept long pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown, a Demo­crat.

Holden’s pro­posal came just days be­fore the leg­isla­tive ses­sion con­cludes Fri­day. That out­raged crit­ics who said such a dra­matic change to con­trol of the elec­tric­ity trans­mis­sion sys­tem should not hap­pen with­out thor­ough pub­lic vet­ting in sched­uled hear­ings.

Op­po­nents also con­tend that the as­sump­tions sug­gest­ing sub­stan­tial sav­ings from a re­gional op­er­a­tion are faulty and that Cal­i­for­nia ratepay­ers would face cost in­creases on elec­tric bills that are al­ready high.

AP PHOTO BY RICH PEDRONCELLI

In this Aug. 18 photo, elec­tri­cal power flow and con­di­tions are mon­i­tored at the Cal­i­for­nia In­de­pen­dent Sys­tem Op­er­a­tor grid con­trol cen­ter in Fol­som.

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