June, 2010

State mulls tough renewables law

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

JUNE 30, 2010 By JOHN SEILER The dream of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and a majority of the California Legislature is to move California into a green future. Carbon-based fuels will be sharply reduced in favor of battery power, which will be recharged through renewable electricity generation, espec...

Big Green’s opaque funding

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

JUNE 30, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO In the race to pass Proposition 23, the effort to roll back California’s landmark and sweeping global warming regulations this November, some of the biggest  decisions in the race are being made in a place called the Bently Reserve. Located at 301 Battery St...

State Employees Misuse Taxpayer Money

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Katy Grimes: Say it isn't so... some state employees abuse their public service jobs? I'm shocked. The state Auditor Elaine Howle released another spate of reports on Tuesday that include some damning information. Several state agencies were caught with employees abusing and stealing from the stat...

Lawmakers Push Backdoor Climate Change

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

JUNE 29, 2010 By KATY GRIMES Just in case California’s global warming legislation is suspended in November with passage of California Jobs Initiative 2010, California’s Democratic legislators are leaving nothing to chance. They’ve been busy pushing through plenty of other climate change and ...

Rush to hike health premiums

Monday, June 28th, 2010

JUNE 28, 2010 By PATRICK RYAN California health-care insurers are pushing for massive premium hikes before the new federal health-care law -- which increases federal- and state-government control over health insurance premiums -- kicks in. On June 16 the California Department of Insurance announc...

Study lobbies for more spending

Monday, June 28th, 2010

JUNE 28, 2010 By LAURA SUCHESKI A report released Thursday from the left-leaning California Budget Project spells bad news for low- and middle-income Californians. The report, titled “Making Ends Meet: How Much Does It Cost to Raise a Family in California?”, finds that millions of Californians...

It's White Suit Day!

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Katy Grimes: Last week Sen. Rodrick Wright reminded colleagues during a hearing that today is the official kick-off of White Suit day at the Capitol. And if you're really feeling natty, Wright and Sen. Alex Padilla are having a cocktail party for wearers of white suits at Ella bar on K Street at 5:...

Privatize fire departments

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

John Seiler: We pay massive taxes to subsidize, among other things, massive pay and pensions for firemen. In Orange County, firemen receive on average an incredible $175,000 yearly pay, perks, and pension package. Now, around the state, fire departments are starting to charge for services that tax...

Volunteers of the World Unite!

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Anthony Pignataro: In a surprising and potentially far-reaching move, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered the creation of a first ever "Disaster Corps" of thousands of volunteers statewide who will answer the call to service (and all those other cliches) when disaster strikes. “California...

A High-speed math problem

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

JUNE 24, 2010 By JT LONG A month after a report by the California State Auditor warned of possible delays to a planned $42 billion California High Speed Rail project due to inadequate oversight, a veteran private sector CEO brought on board to steer the controversial project has made hiring a hi...