Breaking News-February, 2013

Both sides in water war need smelt to provoke compromise

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Feb. 27, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi You probably read the news headlines this past month on the Delta smelt fish with curiosity about what was really going on: * “Delta water diversions reduced to protect smelt” -- Feb. 11; * “Once again, water supply cutbacks show need for new approach” -...

Obamacare: Not enough doctors in CA, FL

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Feb. 26, 2013 By John Seiler An axiom of Econ. 101 is: Lower cost increases demand. That's what's happening to Obamacare. By cutting the price of health care to zero for more patients, it's greatly increasing demand. More people that might treat themselves -- say, popping Advil instead of going t...

High-Speed Rail hearing cuts off opposing speakers

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Feb. 26, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO -- At Assembly Transportation Committee hearings in the Capitol on Monday, Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, cut the microphone of two speakers during the three minutes left for public comment at the end. The two members of the public raised ...

Bridge over troubled cities

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Feb. 26, 2013 By Katy Grimes Since 2007, the city of Sacramento has been threatening to build another major bridge over the Sacramento River between West Sacramento and Sacramento. Our then-City Council and Mayor agreed with West Sacramento that a bridge over the Sacramento River connecting th...

CA suffers 3 of 8 “most miserable” cities

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Feb. 23, 2013 By John Seiler In Forbes' new ranking, three of the eight "most miserable" cities in the United States are in California: Modesto (No. 5 worst), Vallejo (No. 6) and Stockton (No. 8). Cities were graded on such factors as "crime rates, foreclosures, taxes, home prices, commute times, ...

Obamacare in Washington, D.C.

Friday, February 22nd, 2013
Obamacare in Washington, D.C.

Feb. 22, 2013 By John Seiler Although Washington, D.C. now has some "home rule" by local democracy, the U.S. Constitution actually gives all power over the District to the U.S. Congress. So the feds really run it. The functioning of government in D.C. thus is a clearn demonstration of how the fede...

Freer home sales market draws Californians to Texas

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Feb. 21, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi What draws working and middle class Californians to states like Texas is mostly a freer home sales market, which brings lower prices.  A zero state income tax rate and lower business tax rates that provide incentives for job creation also matter, but to a lesser ex...

Republican lawmaker touts bill pushed by labor bullies

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Feb. 21, 2013 By Chris Reed You don't have to be a union hater to be amazed at all the different ways labor decides to make its Sacramento puppets jump through hoops. The latest example is legislation that would require charter cities to use "prevailing wage" policies on construction projects in w...

High-speed rail enthusiasts dream of national system

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Feb. 20, 2013 By John Seiler High-speed rail enthusiasts don't just want it for California. They want the whole country covered by high-speed rail tracks. An alert CalWatchDog.com reader tipped me off to this from the Plan Your City Web site: "You might have seen it on social media somewhere, but ...

More fracking would increase CA tax revenue

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Feb. 19, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi Is California the only state that does not have an oil and gas tax? This is what some politicians and advocates want you to believe and the mainstream media fail to fact check.  But is it true? * On Feb. 13, Capital Public Radio did not contest the statement of sta...

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