November, 2012

Lawmakers seek probe of CA refineries

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Nov. 30, 2012 By Joseph Perkins Taking time out from negotiations over the fiscal cliff, a half-dozen U.S. senators asked the Justice Department this week to investigate whether “market manipulation” by California oil refineries led to the run up in gasoline prices the Golden State’s motoris...

PG&E misleads on rate increases

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Editor's Note: This is Part 2 of two. Part 1 is here.  Nov. 27, 2012 By Katy Grimes PG&E has openly misled about rate increases. In February 2011, PG&E announced the utility expected its electric rate to remain steady into 2011. Then it was revealed that PG&E's 2011-2013 General Rate...

Policy, not shortage, causing water crisis

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Nov. 26, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi There is no apparent drought of journalists with metaphors to define the so-called water crisis in the United States and California.  Every month, it seems, another new end-of-the-world water book comes out. Cynthia Barnett is the author of the book, "Blue Revo...

Wolf for Thanksgiving dinner — a Fairy Tale

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Nov. 22, 2012 By Mark Cabaniss Democracy, it has been said, is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. Yes, the sheep gets to vote.  And yes, in theory he could appeal to one of the wolves to break rank and vote with him instead of the other wolf.  But in reality, the sheep lo...

First Cap and Trade auction cuts no pollution for $233 million

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Nov. 21, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi In the private sector, success is often likened to “selling lemonade at a track meet.” But in the upside-down public sector, the California Air Resources Board auctioned $233 million of pollution permits on Nov. 14 -- and got nothing for it. Such a deal. Pollut...

State injects millions of new patients into ailing Medi-Cal

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Nov. 20, 2012 By Dave Roberts California’s Medi-Cal managed care programs have an abysmal track record. So, naturally, state officials are planning to transfer a million more low-income Californians these lowly-rated care programs. On a scale of 1 to 5, most plans rated 1 or 2 (poor or fair) in...

CA tax increases fund unaccountable spending machine

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Nov. 20, 2012 By Mark Landsbaum On Nov. 6, Californians voted to raise taxes, but weren’t told the whole story. They repeatedly were told their state government was frugal to the point of pain, yet still in dire need of more tax money. They were not told nearly as often that California state go...

Twinkie Offense: Unions kill off Hostess Brands

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Nov. 19, 2012 By Jennifer Kerns They were the Hostess with the mostest. The most labor headaches. Last week Hostess Brands shut its doors after 82 years in business following a food fight with its bakers’ union over wages and benefits. Citing concerns over finances, the company asked its baker...

Cancel the kitchen scraps for Republicans

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
Cancel the kitchen scraps for Republicans

Nov. 14, 2012 By Katy Grimes It appears that the majority of California voters are getting even. But this begs the question: With whom? The 2012 election was disastrous for Californians who support a free market, private-property rights, limited government and individual liberties. Labor unio...

Greenmail lives in San Diego, making PLA ban irrelevant

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Nov. 9, 2012 By Chris Reed In June, San Diego voters overwhelmingly approved a ban on project labor agreements. But they can't do anything about greenmail, so guess what: CEQA threats have persuaded Mayor Jerry Sanders to give in to union demands on a hugely costly project: "Organized labor has dr...