December, 2012

Solar power fries ratepayers

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Dec. 29, 2012 By Joseph Perkins Most lawmakers in Sacramento have no idea who Robert K. Merton was. But they almost certainly are familiar with terms the late great American social scientist introduced into the popular lexicon, including “unintended consequences.” An apt example of that con...

Schools pooling up to oppose arbitrary storm-water tax

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Dec. 27, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi Why is only Los Angeles County being singled out to comply with a new state law to clean up so-called dirty storm water flowing to beaches?  And how can this law be only imposed on Los Angeles County when its intent is to comply with the federal Clean Water Act?  ...

Rose Parade runs over taxpayers

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Dec. 27, 2012 By John Hrabe The world didn’t end in 2012, but several municipalities did. Four California cities, Stockton, Atwater, San Bernardino and Mammoth Lakes, declared bankruptcy this year. One financial expert described the problem as “spreading like a disease.” Of course, these ba...

Rail Series: CA should consider Medium-Speed Rail alternative

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
Rail Series: CA should consider Medium-Speed Rail alternative

Editor's Note: The following is a complete compilation, in one posting, of the six-part series we ran on Medium-Speed Rail as an alternative to High-Speed Rail. Dec. 26, 2012 By Stan Brin By now, everyone in California knows the voter-mandated High-Speed Rail project is a boondoggle. In fact, the...

Will California media ignore fracking’s long, safe history?

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

Dec. 26, 2012 By Chris Reed The escalating battle over using hydraulic fracturing -- better known as fracking -- for highly promising oil and natural gas exploration in California isn’t just another front in the state’s long-running war between environmentalists and business interests. For th...

No ‘time out’ for city in rail authority’s cross-hairs

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Dec. 21, 2012 By Chris Reed The nervousness is growing in Bakersfield as the California High-Speed Rail Authority moves toward locking into a route that will disrupt the lives of thousands of people -- and maybe for no reason. The rail line into and through Bakersfield won't be built in the first...

Rail Series: Who will own it? Who will pay for it?

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

This is Part 6 of a series on Medium-Speed rail alternatives to California’s High-Speed Rail project. Click to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. Dec. 18, 2012 By Stan Brin In any discussion of rail expansion, two gorillas always appear: How do we pay for it? How do we kee...

Rail Series: Medium-speed train tracking costs less than high-speed rail

Friday, December 14th, 2012

This is Part 4 of a series on Medium-Speed rail alternatives to California’s High-Speed Rail project. Click to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6. Dec. 14, 2012 By Stan Brin How much does it cost to lay an additional pair of tracks beside an existing line? A lot, b...

Regulations stalling power plant conversion

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Dec. 14, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi In George Orwell’s novel “1984,” "doublespeak" meant the reversal of the meaning of words: “war is peace,” “ignorance is strength” and “freedom is slavery.” Ever since the California Electricity Crisis of 2000-01, California has been afflicted wi...

Izumi criticizes state employee’s cyber-goldbricking

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Dec. 13, 2012 By John Seiler A state government employee posted thousands of times on the Sacramento Bee's Web site during work hours. Taxpayers subsidized his cyber-goldbricking. CBS News just ran a story on it with interviews of Lance Izumi, our colleague at the Pacific Research Institute, Cal...