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Uber, Sidecar and Lyft are ridesharing companies based on smartphone apps nobody had ever heard of five years ago. But new technologies can’t escape old ways of doing business. The Public Utilities Commission may be drawing up regulations, but that hasn’t stopped trial lawyers, the insurance industry and traditional taxi companies from asking Sacramento for new laws. Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are learning: to succeed in business, you’ve got to play politics.

Also, will California's last nuclear power plant be shut down?

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Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb

Ridesharing Companies Face Insurance Increases with AB 2293 15 MIN, 56 SEC
In this last, frantic week of the legislative session, one measure that’s drawing a lot of attention is AB 2293, which changes the insurance requirements for ride-sharing companies that compete with traditional taxies. It passed the Assembly unanimously. But Uber didn’t get to be a $17 billion company by failing to pay attention. AB 612 is now a dead duck. But AB 2293 is very much alive.

Guests:
Mark Sektnan, Association of California Insurance Agencies (@ACICNET)
Robert Callahan, Internet Association (@InternetAssn)
Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle (@joegarofoli)

Diablo Canyon: Former Inspector Says It’s Time to Shut It Down 7 MIN, 53 SEC

SoCal Edison has shut down San Onofre in Orange County, leaving California with just one remaining nuclear power plant: Diablo Canyon, on the rugged coast near San Luis Obispo. After an earthquake fault was discovered during construction 30 years ago, retro-fitting got underway on two giant reactors. But it had to be started over again because it was being done backwards. Environmentalists aren’t the only ones who have questioned Diablo Canyon’s ability to withstand a big earthquake ever since. Now Michael Peck, the lead on-site inspector for five years, has filed a confidential report saying nobody knows if it’s safe or not. Michael Blood of the Associated Press obtained the report and broke the story.

Guests:
Michael Blood, Associated Press (@MichaelRBloodAP)

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