By Dan Walters :calmatters – excerpt
It’s déjà vu all over again, to quote the inimitable Yogi Berra and pay homage to the baseball World Series that began this week.
For the umpteenth time, California politicians are complaining about the high prices that the state’s motorists pay for gasoline and suggesting that it’s because of nefarious behavior by big bad oil companies.
Gov. Gavin Newsom is the latest complainer, asking Attorney General Xavier Becerra, to “open an investigation into whether false advertising or price fixing are occurring and contributing to the mystery surcharge imposed on Californians.”
Newsom cited a report on fuel prices that he had requested from the California Energy Commission (CEC) last spring, saying it “suggests big oil companies are misleading and overcharging customers, leading to Californians paying as much as 30 cents per gallon more than residents of other states.”… (more)