July, 2011

Markets ‘Crush’ Brown's Windmill Fantasy
Friday, July 29th, 2011

JULY 29, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI With the swagger of a boxer before a match, on July 24 Gov. Jerry Brown said he would “crush” any efforts to block renewable energy projects in California. Brown apparently was referring to efforts by environmentalists to stop a planned gargantuan 968 Megawatt ...

Calif. Can Lead Commercial Space Age
Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

JULY 27, 2011 The completion of the Space Shuttle’s 135th and final mission reminded many of us here in the Golden State that Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California was the shuttle’s primary landing site in its first decade of operation. In the shuttle program’s second and third decad...

CA Green Elites Block Economic Recovery
Thursday, July 21st, 2011

JULY 21, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI In 1970, Tom Wolfe wrote a non-fiction book titled “Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers.” It was about poverty program bureaucrats in the Office of Economic Opportunity in San Francisco taking abuse called Mau-Mauing from program recipients. It referr...

Assembly Carves Up Organic Farming
Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

JULY 19, 2011 By KATY GRIMES California is still growing government, but in an unlikely place. The Assembly now has its own organic legislative committee called the Assembly Select Committee on Sustainable and Organic Agriculture, which will "seek to improve the understanding and availability of i...

Leg Wants to Regulate Cough Syrup
Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Ali Meyer:  It's Lil Wayne's drug of choice.  Kids call it robo-tripping.  Cough syrup isn't just for colds anymore. State Sen. Joe Simitian is attempting to pass SB 514, a bill that would prohibit the sale of dextromethorphan (DXM), a cough suppressant, to minors.  Proponents of the bill warn ...

Tax-Funded Handout: Free WiFi
Monday, July 11th, 2011

Ali Meyer: Looks like California taxpayers may have one more thing to pay for on their list.  State Sen. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, is attempting to pass SCR 6, which will provide free Internet service for at least 10 years to those living in state affordable housing.  The concurrent resolut...

New Stem Cell Boss Grabs $400K Salary
Monday, July 11th, 2011

JULY 11, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI People are upset. The Los Angeles Times reported that the new chairman California stem cell research center, Jonathan Thomas -- an investment banker -- will draw a salary of more than $400,000 per year.  Current Chairman Alan Trounson also makes a salary of $490...

Spectacular waste in redwood forests
Monday, July 11th, 2011

JULY 11, 2011 As I took the nearly six-hour drive recently from the Sacramento area, past Ukiah and up to Eureka, through the heart of California's redwood-forested North Coast, I was reminded of the spectacular beauty of California. Driving through Mendocino and Humboldt counties also reminded me ...

At Last, California Ties Texas
Friday, July 8th, 2011

Wayne Lusvardi: It seems that, since 2006 when the University of Texas Longhorns football team beat USC in the Rose Bowl 41-38 for the National Championship of college football, California hasn’t been able to beat or even tie Texas at anything. Richard Rider, head of San Diego Tax Fighters, ha...

Schwarzenegger Carbon Footprint ↑
Friday, July 8th, 2011

John Seiler: Here's the latest on the Schwarzenegger split: It now definitely looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s estranged wife Maria Shriver will not be back. The former TV journalist is looking to splash some of her fortune on a $10 million luxury house which is just three miles away from t...