Millions of dollars in federal stimulus money remains unspent in California, but before that cash goes back to Washington, some state lawmakers want to make sure it gets spent.
The White House has ordered a review of loan guarantees made by the Energy Department after the Fremont solar power company that got a half-billion-dollar federal loan went bankrupt.
Top executives from a bankrupt Fremont-based solar energy company have declined to testify before a congressional hearing investigating their half-billion dollar government loan.
Federal analysts looking at a proposed loan to a Bay Area solar energy company in 2009 warned then of possible problems, as well as pressure from the White House to speed up a decision, according to a memorandum released by a Congressional committee.
A congressional memorandum indicates that even as the executives of a solar energy company assured members of Congress that their finances were improving, a different story was being prepared behind the scenes.
A leading Bay Area manufacturer of solar power systems has abruptly shut down operations as it seeks to file for bankruptcy.
Despite the high unemployment rate in the state, Bay Area medical laboratories that run genetic tests that predict illnesses patients may suffer later in life have been confronting a shortage of qualified workers.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee showed off some of the good work emerging from the stimulus on Friday.