Breaking News-July, 2012

Lawmaker proposes corporate welfare for NFL club

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

July 26, 2012 By Joseph Perkins Elaine Alquist is not a member of the San Francisco 49ers' Gold Rush gals, but the Santa Clara state senator is the NFL club’s biggest cheerleader. With but a month left in the legislative session, Sen. Alquist, D-Santa Clara, has artfully crafted a measure that ...

S.F.’s hypocrisy on water

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

July 26, 2012 By John Seiler Our colleague Steven Greenhut just wrote for Bloomberg on San Francisco's hypocrisy on water. Read the whole thing here. Key graphs: "Consider their response after a group called the Yosemite Restoration Campaign collected enough signatures to put a measure on the No...

I turned on the spigot and an ‘Occupy Park’ poured out

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

July 26, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi LOS ANGELES -- Most people admit that they don’t know much about California’s water system or local tiered water rates. Except that when they turn on the spigot at their home the water pours out. But what if you learned that when you turned on the spigot, a par...

Sustainability ideology invented a stagnant California Dream

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

July 23, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi When did the California Dream begin? Peter Huck, a refugee journalist from Los Angeles to New Zealand, has an answer. He writes in the July 20 issue of the New Zealand Herald newspaper “Sustainability Reinventing California Dream” that the California Dream bega...

State parks: Only in California is a government surplus scandalous

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

July 23, 2012 By John Hrabe California’s Department of Parks and Recreation has been holding onto $54 million in surplus funds for the past decade. The agency didn’t bother to tell anyone at the state Department of Finance about their secret stash. Oops. Parks agency director, Ruth Coleman, ...

Cal ISO focuses on Enron 2, not Cap & Trade manipulation

Friday, July 20th, 2012

July 20, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi A rerun is playing on TV of the inaccurate 2005 "documentary" movie, “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” about Enron manipulating the California Electricity Crisis of 2001. It features Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and former Gov. Gray Davis, D-Calif. Back ...

Court rules greenies told a whopper of a smelt fish story

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

July 19 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi Mark Twain once wrote: “Don’t tell fish stories where people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.” The farmers in the California Central Valley know that environmentalists have been making up a big fish story for quite some t...

Gov seals CA crash with high-speed rail bill

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

July 19, 2012 By Katy Grimes Even though high-speed rail has become nothing more than a pipeline project for grabbing big money and a big lie, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the rail bill Wednesday, sealing California's economic fate. Because of the illegitimacy of the project’s intent, California tax...

Eminent domain mass delusion hits San Berdoo

Monday, July 16th, 2012

July 16, 2012 by Wayne Lusvardi A few hundred years ago there was the famous Dutch Tulip Mania of 1637. It was followed by the South Sea Bubble of 1711 and the Mississippi Company Bubble of 1719. In modern times, there was the California Energy Crisis of 2000-01, with its energy bubble caused by ...

Get prepared for this year’s fire season

Monday, July 16th, 2012

July 16, 2012 By Chriss Street California is one of the worst fire zones in the nation.  As we go to press, there are at least 10 major fires and more than 55,000 acres of California burning.  Major incidents include the Robbers Fire in Placer County, Mill Fire in Colusa County, Flat Fire in Tri...

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