September, 2010

Conflicted Pols Pushed To Resign

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

SEPT. 30, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO Apparently, the state attorney general only recently discovered that two California High-Speed Rail Authority board members have other jobs that my conflict with their bullet train responsibilities. Richard Katz and Curt Pringle are long-time pols from Southern ...

DA: Bell Officials 'Looted At Will'

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

SEPT. 22, 2010 By TORI RICHARDS, reporting from the courtroom LOS ANGELES – The mayor and seven other current and former city of Bell officials made their first court appearance today to answer charges that they misappropriated more than $5.5 million in salaries and personal loans from the blue-...

Bell Shows Value Of Open Records

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

SEPT. 21, 2010 By TORI RICHARDS When Bell city officials started raking in obscene salary amounts, it’s a safe bet that they never considered the California Public Records Act. The law that discloses almost anything related to politicians’ lives would prove to be their undoing when placed in t...

Is there a UP/HSR rail war?

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Anthony Pignataro: A huge assumption on the part of the California High-Speed Rail Authority is that they'll be able to run bullet trains alongside Union Pacific's freight train tracks as the system winds its way through Central California. The Authority has long said that they "will not share" the...

Is California Betting on Asia?

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Anthony Pignataro: Given the brief press release issued by California High-Speed Rail Authority Executive Director Roelof van Ark following last week's big trip to Asia, it's clear he didn't get everything he'd hoped for. I'm saying this because hope is the dominant theme in his statement: "I am mo...

Water Keeps CA's Welfare State Liquid

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

SEPT. 14, 2010 By WAYNE LUSVARDI Book Review: Running Out of Water: The Looming Crisis and Solutions To Conserve Our Most Precious Resource (Palgrave, 2010). Mark Twain once wrote: “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt” using a malapropism on the words “the Nile” (River) and the word “...

Funds for Moonbeam's sick buildings

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

SEPT. 2, 2010 By WAYNE LUSVARDI California newspaper editorials cry out that it is “outrageous” and “unacceptable” that almost a year after Congress granted California $25 million in Stimulus Funds to make state buildings more energy efficient that only one percent of the money has been sp...