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Beware of the credit card traps

by Editorial, San Francisco Chronicle

…a restraint on credit-card excesses is not only good for consumers, it is healthy for the industry as well. Last year, U.S. banks had to write off about $35 billion in credit card debt. But with the end of the era of easy indebtedness comes a need for consumers to look even closer at the detailed cost of their credit cards. Read More ›

Public power backers cry foul over utility effort

by Jason Dearen, Associated Press, San Francisco Chronicle

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is funding a June ballot initiative that would amend California’s constitution to make it much harder for cities and counties to offer residents another choice for buying their power. Read More ›

Soaring cost of healthcare sets a record

by Noam N. Levey, Los Angeles Times

In a stark reminder of growing costs, the government has released a new estimate that healthcare spending grew to a record 17.3% of the U.S. economy last year, marking the largest one-year jump in its share of the economy since the government started keeping such records half a century ago. Read More ›

PG&E SmartMeters likely to boost shut-offs

by David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle

More Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers who fall behind on their bills will have their power shut off once the utility installs SmartMeters throughout its territory, the company predicted in a recent government filing. Read More ›

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