Breaking News-January, 2013

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

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

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. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who signed AB 32 into law, is long g...

Obamacare & California: State media ignore coming headaches

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

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 will mean for health providers, companies...

State government will have to start subsidizing Amtrak soon

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

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 little fed up. The result was a law that required st...

Rail project begins grabbing CA farmers’ land

Friday, January 18th, 2013
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 legal decision, holdouts will be bought out through courts...

State Senate Democrats Crack Down on Fracking

Friday, January 18th, 2013

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 was led by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell S...

Caltrans project drags on, still no lanes

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

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 the Hwy. 99, Hwy. 50, interchange. This is what this section of freeway has looked l...

More cops not only solution to crime

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Jan. 14, 2013 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO -- As California's toughest cities struggle with violent crime, we are hearing a familiar refrain: "Hire more police officers." While more cops may be the right answer in some places, public officials need to consider a wider array of crime-fighting opt...

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

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

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 in their political coalition than the poor or needy. That was hammered hom...

Real Culprits in CA Housing Crash

Friday, January 11th, 2013

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 agreed to pay Fannie Mae $11.6 billion to settle a c...

Prevailing wage scams steal from taxpayers

Friday, January 11th, 2013
Prevailing wage scams steal from taxpayers

Jan. 11, 2013 By Katy Grimes In what strange world do janitors get paid $45 per hour? In California, the land of the prevailing wage. The dirty secret is that janitors often are not really getting paid $45 per hour, but the taxpayers are being charged this amount on public works projects. Design...

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