January, 2012

Occupy Oakland: Flags Burned, City Hall Vandalized

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Brown Rejects $100 Billion High-Speed Rail Cost

Monday, January 30th, 2012

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 ...

Bored CA Billionaire Groups Merge

Monday, January 30th, 2012

JAN. 28, 2012 "Think Forward and Long" or "Think Long and Forward California." I suggest one of those as the new name for the merging government reform groups California Forward and Think Long.  Because the ridiculousness of the name should be as ridiculous as the hailed move. This is what fo...

Romney Win Makes CA Irrelevant

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

John Seiler: The California primary's late date, in June, usually makes it irrelevant. By then, one candidate usually has come to the fore of the Democratic or Republican parties. Yet California commentators still salivate over actually having something worthy to report. Writes Josh Richman: "Fo...

CARB, Nichols Ignore Global COOLING

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

John Seiler: In California, everything is upside down. On Friday, the California Air Resources Board clicked its jackboots and ordered one in seven Calfornia cars to be "ultra clean" by 2025. That means "battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell and plug-in hybrid vehicles." It's supposed to cut the g...

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...

Americans Need Courage from Leaders

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Jan. 30, 2012 "Now, a return to the American values of fair play and shared responsibility will help protect our people and our economy. But it should also guide us as we look to pay down our debt and invest in our future." -- President Barack Obama, State of the Union address, Jan. 24, 2012 This sp...

Will Enviros Bend on CEQA Reform?

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Jan. 28, 2012 CEQA, the California Environmental Quality Act, has long been the third rail of politics here in theGoldenState. If a politician dare touch it, he or she is dead to the state’s powerful environmental lobby. Gov. Jerry Brown this week placed environmentalists in a quandary. He relea...

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...