October, 2010

California Debates Its Nuclear Future

Friday, October 29th, 2010

OCT. 29, 2010 By KATY GRIMES California faces an energy conundrum: The 2006 global warming law AB32, dictates the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions back to 1990 levels, by 2020. However, with the demand for electricity increasing, state energy experts are considering nuclear energy production...

Free BART Tickets for Caltrans

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

OCT. 27, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO The California Department of Transportation recently began investigating an allegation that employees at the department's Oakland office are scalping free Bay Area Rapid Transit tickets given to them as part of a state commuter incentive program. This investigati...

MWD Chairman In The Tank

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Please see the comments and corrections posted at the end of this story. OCT. 13, 2010 By WAYNE LUSVARDI An old fashioned method of water conservation was to put a brick in the water tank of your toilet.  The Metropolitan Water District, the regional water purveyor for the southern half of the s...

Treasure Island’s Toxic Problem

Monday, October 11th, 2010

San Francisco's hottest property may be Treasure Island, where plans for glitzy development are threatened by the Navy's legacy of radioactive waste OCT. 12, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO SAN FRANCISCO -- The jet fighters raced across the sky maybe 500 feet above me. They were F-18s painted blue and ...

Kick the NFL through the goalposts of California

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

John Seiler: Oct. 6, 2010 At a time when governments and citizens of California are bankrupt, the NFL could build at least one incredibly expensive stadium in the Bay Area: $735 million for the Oakland Raiders (formerly the L.A. Traitors). And $937 million for the San Francisco (gold-digging) 49ers...

UC Davis Cops Mum On Fraud Scandal

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

OCT. 5, 2010 By LLOYD BILLINGSLEY UC Davis Police are still playing it close to the vest in an investigation, dating from 2009, of a former UC Davis employee alleged to have misappropriated funds. “Our investigation is ongoing,” UC Davis police chief Annette M. Spicuzza told CalWatchdog in an...

Big Green Dries Out Big Valley

Friday, October 1st, 2010

OCT. 1, 2010 By STEVEN GREENHUT When most people think of California, they think obviously enough about the populous and influential coastal cities, from the gleaming Southern California coast to the Bay Area. But east of the coastal ranges and west of the Sierra Nevada mountains lies a vast, fert...

State Prolongs Victims' Nightmare

Friday, October 1st, 2010

OCT. 1, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO The state of California is apparently so dysfunctional that it can’t even kill a convicted rapist and murderer. After 28 years on San Quentin State Prison’s death row, Albert Greenwood Brown was supposed to die this week. But like most executions attempted in...