Tree ring studies confirm global COOLING, cast doubt on AB 32 20

Jan. 31, 2013 By Chriss Street Global cooling? New studies of tree rings show that it’s happening. Yet California remains governed by AB 32, whose official title is the “Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.” It’s seven years later. Gov.

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Obamacare & California: State media ignore coming headaches 8

Jan. 27, 2013 By Chris Reed Gov. Jerry Brown’s eagerness for California to be the first state to implement the federal Affordable Care Act is being reported matter-of-factly by state newspapers. Completely absent is any big-picture explanation of what this

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‘New’ Delta plan rehashes old plans from 1950s and 70s 6

Jan. 24, 2013 by Wayne Lusvardi Just as Hollywood often remakes old movies, water engineers apparently rehash old forgotten plans to refashion the Sacramento Delta.  And then the proponents call these plans “new” and “cheaper” alternatives. Water engineer Robert Pyke

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State government will have to start subsidizing Amtrak soon 2

Jan. 24, 2013 By Chris Reed Congress and most presidents have long been ridiculously tolerant of Amtrak and its never-ending need for federal aid — the equivalent of massive ongoing annual bailouts. But five years ago, lawmakers actually got a

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Rail project begins grabbing CA farmers’ land

Jan. 18, 2013 By Katy Grimes Before high-speed rail planners can do anything with the Central Valley route, they are looking at an estimated $360 million to buy out 356 privately-owned land parcels along the route. According to a recent

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State Senate Democrats Crack Down on Fracking 7

Jan. 18, 2013 By Dave Roberts Despite the more than three-decade safety record of hydraulic fracturing in California, Democrats served notice last week that they will be cracking down on the energy-production method in the coming year. The frack fight

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Caltrans project drags on, still no lanes 3

Jan. 15, 2013 By Katy Grimes For at least four to six months, the Capitol City Freeway (I-80) in Sacramento has been devoid of painted lanes. I took this photo last week, driving West on I-80, near P. Street, and

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Same old Dem story: Help for state’s ailing, needy not priority 3

Jan. 12, 2013 By Chris Reed On the California revenue front, whether times are good or bad, happy or sad, the Democrats who control Sacramento are far more likely to help out the middle-class teachers who are the key force

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Real Culprits in CA Housing Crash 3

Jan. 11, 2013 By Joseph Perkins As the California economy continues slowly to recover from the collapse of its once-thriving housing sector, the banking industry is trying to close its books on the financial disaster. This week, Bank of America

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Federal courts throw out excessive storm water regulations 5

Jan. 9, 2013  By Wayne Lusvardi The expression “don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater” means avoiding throwing something out that is good when trying to get rid of something bad.  In two separate recent California court cases dealing

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