April, 2010

High speed rail slows down

Friday, April 30th, 2010

APRIL 30, 2010 Is it possible that the push for high speed rail in California could be slowing down? Recent economic troubles notwithstanding, it seemed that everyone, from the lowly citizen to the lowlier legislator, wanted a fleet of high-speed trains to shoot up and down the state at 200-plus mi...

Dominy lives

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Today's LA Times carries the obituary of one Floyd Elgin Dominy, who ran the U.S. Bureau of Land Reclamation from 1959 to 1969 and lived to be 100. Dominy was the greatest builder of New Deal government work projects. He was of a time when Democrats built dams, rather than dismantle them. Glen Cany...

DGS Absent At Hearing

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The Department of General Services Director Ron Diedrich was requested to appear before today's Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review informational hearing to answer questions surrounding the 11 state properties for sale, but did not appear. His absence prompted committee chair Assembly...

JEFFREY CARNEAL

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Jeffrey J. Carneal is president of Eagle Publishing Inc. in Washington, DC, the conservative/free-market-oriented publishing firm which he led since its founding in 1993. Eagle is the parent company of Regnery Publishing, Human Events and various  other publications....

CARB fines dealers for DMV mistake

Monday, April 26th, 2010

APRIL 26, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO Where the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is concerned, trying to do the right thing often just isn’t enough to keep a company from paying tens of thousands of dollars in penalties. Just ask the guys who work at GP Motorcycles and Moto Forza in San Die...

Bill could sunset state agencies

Monday, April 26th, 2010

APRIL 26, 2010 By KATY GRIMES Should all state agencies be subject to possible dissolution after 12 years, following a review by The Little Hoover Commission and the Legislature? State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth, R-Murrieta, thinks they should and proposed SB887 creating the oversight to make t...

Republicans Moving Forward?

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

UPDATE: I spoke with Assembly member Roger Niello over the weekend. Niello said that his discussions with Garrick were informal and that he was not officially "appointed" to lead Assembly Republicans with California Forward. However, he does was a seat at the table. Niello said that he had been clo...

Governor Supporting Pension Reform

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

APRIL 22, 2010 By KATY GRIMES Yesterday Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Senate Minority Leader Dennis Hollingsworth, R-Murietta, announced that they're supporting pension reform for state employees. The governor stated that while it is a compromise from his earlier hard line approach, someth...

Proposition 16 Hidden Intent?

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
Proposition 16 Hidden Intent?

Could there be a hidden intent behind the PG&E sponsored Proposition 16? Peter Darbee, chairman and CEO of PG&E, is recorded at an investor meeting in New York, Marchi 1, 2010 stating that he hopes to diminish the ability for people to form municipal utilities or electric districts, called C...

Snake Oil Legislators

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

APRIL 21, 2010 Nearly every person I talk to is either feeling the crush of the bad economy or knows people who are really suffering. Which leads me to believe that most California legislators don’t run in the same circles that I do. Most of the folks that I know are small business owners, entrep...