April, 2011

SB 34: Creature Crawls from Delta Lagoon

Friday, April 29th, 2011

APRIL 29, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI A bureaucratic creature has crawled from murky waters of the Sacramento Delta. What could be worse? The pork-laden $11 billion proposed California Water Bond, on the ballot in 2012, that does not include any new water storage and would usurp control of water from...

Rail Authority "Ineffective"

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Katy Grimes: When a lawmaker admits that an agency created from a bond measure that he supported and help get passed has grown ineffective and needs a serious makeover, it is evident that there is a problem. Democratic Sen. Alan Lowenthal has authored a bill to overhaul the High Speed Rail Authori...

Free the Rail Ridership Committee!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

APRIL 27, 2011 You’d think that an agency spending millions of dollars on public relations would know to discuss one of its most controversial issues in public, where outside experts and members of the public can steadily review any and all findings. But the California High-Speed Rail Authority i...

High-Speed Rail Crashes Into Legislature

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

APRIL 27, 2011 By KATY GRIMES The costs and the legislation for the California High-Speed Rail Authority keep speeding toward a train wreck. When the voters of California approved Proposition 1A in November 2008, they authorized $9.95 billion in general obligation bonds to fund a high-speed rail ...

Boondoggle Train Already Obsolete

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

APRIL 21, 2011 The debate over whether to build an 800-mile network of bullet trains crisscrossing the state at speeds approaching 220 miles per hour is one of the most contentious we have today. Its projected cost of $45 billion (some analysts say double that) makes it the largest public works pro...

CA’s Bond Rating Equals F-Minus Grade

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

APRIL 21, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI Why is there such a large discrepancy between California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer’s assurances that the state is not broke and has plenty of money to pay off its bonds and the state’s effective bond rating of F-minus? Lockyer says California isn’t broke ...

Green Catch-23 Hurts Hydro Power

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

APRIL 19, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI If a Catch-22 is a choice between two equally undesirable alternatives, California’s mandate to purchase green power must be one more than a Catch-22 – it must be a Catch-23. This is because California’s new green-power law, mandating 33 percent renewa...

Rebranding High Speed Rail

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Katy Grimes: Another great idea from a few of California's elected Democrats proposes a "blended system" integrating high speed rail with existing Caltrain service. Instead of saving California billions of dollars by chucking the plans for high speed rail right out the door, Democrats want to rep...

High-Speed Rail Rides Again

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

APRIL 12, 2011 By KATY GRIMES Another attempt to stop the unchecked spending on high-speed rail was killed in committee on Monday on a party-line vote. That happened despite research proving that taxpayers cannot sustain the inevitable subsidy the project will require,  and claims that voters wer...

Ag Water Use Estimated Too High

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

APRIL 7, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI Dr. Jay R. Lund, Director of Watershed Sciences at U.C. Davis, posted the comment below at Calwatchdog.com on April 6 in response to my article, “Not A Shortage of Water Mythmakers”: You can get roughly 75 percent of human water use in agriculture being agricult...