April, 2012

Calif. gas prices more than double in 8 years

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

April 28, 2012 By John Seiler The following chart I made from GasBuddy.com, which also lets you find the cheapest local gas prices. The chart shows gas prices in three areas for the past eight years. Note that Los Angeles (blue line) and San Francisco (orange line) usually have the same prices, wi...

Feinstein offers pact with water devil

Friday, April 27th, 2012

April 27, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi Yesterday U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., responded to a Republican-backed water bill stalled in the U.S. Senate with a deal that might end up as a pact with the water devil for farmers and water agencies. Feinstein included provisions in an amended Sen...

Water reform re-Hatched in U.S. Senate

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

April 26, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi On Wednesday April 25, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced an omnibus energy and federal land use bill.  It would combine bills that have passed through the House but have stalled in the Senate. Part of that package would include H.R. 1837. Senator Hatch’s bil...

Dueling demographers: When will CA’s population hit 50 million?

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

April 25, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi When will California’s population “pop” at 50 million persons?  Two recent studies conducted by the Population Dynamics Research Group at the University of Souther California and the Public Policy Institute of California differ widely in their conclusions. ...

High-speed special interest halts bill

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

April 24, 2012 By Katy Grimes The Legislature appears to have killed one more attempt to reel in the out-of-control high-speed rail checkbook. But despite facts, numbers and alternatives to the nearly $100 billion project, Democratic lawmakers appeared to be useful tools in the high-stakes game of...

Are Hispanics moving up or down the social scale?

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Commentary April 24, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi The ongoing economic malaise of the past half decade has slammed most social and economic groups in California. How are Hispanics doing here, especially in light of the bursting of the Housing Bubble? For example, consider Riverside County, which acco...

A welcome bow to telecom deregulation

Friday, April 20th, 2012

April 20, 2012 By Joseph Perkins The California Public Utilities Commission is displeased. In a meeting April 17 in San Francisco, four of its five members sharply criticized a state Senate bill which, they claimed, would strip the commission of its power to regulate basic phone service. What sur...

Actually, its a California reality show…

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

April 18, 2012 By John Seiler From Saturday Night Live a couple of days ago....

‘No justification to build’ high-speed rail

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

April 18, 2012 By Katy Grimes The official recommendation is out from the Legislative Analyst's Office - High-speed rail should not be built. Duh. That's not a "duh" to the LAO; that's a "duh" to all of the supporters and lapdogs who have been blindly ignoring the economic facts. "We find tha...

Down with Gmail!

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

April 17, 2012 By John Seiler I've used Gmail for years; including its address book. Now it's not working. Just when I needed the call-in number for Martha Montelongo's great show. I get: We’re sorry, but your Gmail account is temporarily unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience and sug...