Columns-March, 2011

Will High-Speed Rail Kill All Rail?

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

MARCH 30, 2011 The promise of California’s proposed high-speed rail network is unambiguous: the 800 miles of bullet trains across the state will run clean, make money, put people to work and get people out of their cars. “California’s high-speed rail system will be profitable, will attract pr...

Will High-Speed Rail Kill All Rail?

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

MARCH 30, 2011 The promise of California’s proposed high-speed rail network is unambiguous: the 800 miles of bullet trains across the state will run clean, make money, put people to work and get people out of their cars. “California’s high-speed rail system will be profitable, will attract pr...

CA GOP Is The Party Of Numbskulls

Monday, March 28th, 2011

MARCH 28, 2011 California Republicans love to talk about limiting government, fighting bureaucracy and keeping taxes low, but March 17 they proved that this is nothing more than a rhetorical device. Given the opportunity to rein in the size and power of government in a tangible way, Assembly R...

Adachi Pushes New S.F. Pension Reform

Monday, March 28th, 2011

MARCH 28, 2011 By DAVE ROBERTS Jeff Adachi, San Francisco's elected public defender, is a modern-day Don Quixote tilting at unionized windmills while singing "To Dream the Impossible Pension Reform Dream." The self-described progressive dared to take on that city's powerful unions last year with h...

Court Helps Kids in Bad Schools

Friday, March 25th, 2011

John Seiler: Here's part of a new article in the City Journal by Larry Sand of the California Teacher Empowerment Network. Given California's poor performance -- 49th of 50 states on national tests -- something has to be done. ------------------------------ LARRY SAND One Small Strike Against Te...

Wealthy and Poor California Spongers

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

MARCH 24, 2011 Sponges come in all shapes and sizes. And some sponges are much more absorbent. Unfortunately for Californians, the freeloading sponges in the state are soaking up more than ever as California sinks deeper into a sinkhole of deficit. While California’s legislators remain focused o...

Silicon Valley Flunks 6 'Killer App' Tests

Monday, March 14th, 2011

MARCH 14, 2011 BY WAYNE LUSVARDI Last month with Silicon Valley elites, President Obama raised a glass of wine to toast the area's success. He was repairing his self-damaged image with big business. But a symbolic Sword of Damocles hovered over the meeting. Apple Computer employs 30,000 workers,...

'Last Call' For Republicans

Monday, March 7th, 2011

MARCH 7 Throughout history, strong political leaders have had the ability to discipline wayward party members. But currently, California Republicans aren’t exactly in a strong enough position to offer up the usual disciplinary threats: removal from cushy or prestigious committee assignments, gene...

Ignoring Pension Truth Tellers

Monday, March 7th, 2011

MARCH 5, 2011 There's no getting away from the pension issue these days or from the fact that the state's pension system is on the brink of disaster unless pensions for state and local workers are pared back dramatically. The only people in denial these days are the Brown administration and the ...

CPUC Floats $3.4 Billion Green Water Tax

Friday, March 4th, 2011

MARCH 4, 2011 BY WAYNE LUSVARDI Call it the Green Water Tax. It's a proposal advanced in a White Paper on the Web site of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to impose a $3.4 billion surcharge on the energy-related costs to pump and treat water. The new surcharge -- effectively a ta...

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