Breaking News-January, 2012

Chiang: State Broke on March 8

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

JAN. 31, 2012 By CHRISS STREET State Controller John Chiang shocked California legislators today when he sent a letter announcing that the state will run out of cash on March 8. That is, unless Legislature allows state Treasurer Bill Lockyer to delay $2.4 billion in payments to universities, count...

Science: Time to Freeze AB 32

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

JAN. 31, 2012 By CHRISS STREET California’s wildly expensive AB 32, Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, is supposed to prevent man-made global warming. AB 32 took effect Jan. 1 -- just in time for it to suffer another devastating scientific blow. Temperature data from 30,000 worldwide measuri...

Cap and ‘Train’ Leaves the Station

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

JAN. 31, 2012 By WAYNE LUSVARDI Gov. Jerry Brown just proposed a new idea for financing California’s $100 billion high-speed rail project: Use the fees from the state’s Cap and Trade emission taxation program to fund it. This new hybrid between Cap and Trade and High-Speed Rail is likely to b...

CARB versus the Carburetor

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

JAN. 31, 2012 By KATY GRIMES The carburetor is losing the battle in California. Instead of acknowledging that auto designers and manufacturers are continually refining the internal combustion engine for efficiency, global warming activists want to scrap the engine. In an attempt to rid the worl...

CA Bucks National School-Choice Reforms

Monday, January 30th, 2012

The following first appeared in City Journal California. JAN. 30, 2012 By LARRY SAND January 22 through 28 marked the second annual National School Choice Week. While much of the rest of the country can celebrate some successes since last year, California’s education reformers often spend their...

Dogfight Growls in 26th District House Race

Monday, January 30th, 2012

JAN. 30, 2012 By JOHN HRABE “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog,” goes an old adage. Just getting to Washington will be a test of friendship for the candidates in the dogfight over California’s new, redistricted 26th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. One of the coun...

Petty Lawsuit Shows Leaders’ Motive

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Katy Grimes: A petty lawsuit filed by Assembly Speaker John Perez and Senate Pres. Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg against the state Controller demonstrates the legal levels the Democratic leaders are willing to go. While it may sound as if this is a legal precedence-setting opportunity, it’s not their ...

Water Wars Flood L.A. Central Basin

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

JAN. 30, 2012 By WAYNE LUSVARDI Remember “Chinatown,” the murky 1974 movie about the water wars in the Los Angeles Basin in the 1930s, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway? A January 18 California appeals court water rights case is reminiscent of the multilayered plots and subplots in the...

CA Politicians Pander on Foreclosures

Friday, January 27th, 2012

JAN. 27, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI On the eve of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, 16 California House Democrats pleaded for more relief for homeowners in foreclosure.  It was all show and no go, however. It was all meant to posture and pander before TV cameras and fawning news...

Root Canal For Single-Payer Health Bill

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

JAN. 26, 2012 By KATY GRIMES Despite warnings that tooth decay in children can lead to a life in prison, the latest attempt at a single-payer health care bill in California failed to pass the Senate Thursday. Surprising many supporters, SB 810, authored by San Francisco Democratic Sen. Mark Len...

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