May, 2013

Special problems for high-speed rail

Friday, May 31st, 2013

May 31, 2013 By John Seiler The Mercury-News reported today: "SACRAMENTO -- High-speed rail officials acknowledged Thursday that they almost certainly won't break ground on the $69 billion project as planned in July after hitting some last-minute bumps in the road. And even more delays are possibl...

Victorville bond bust brings SEC lawsuit

Friday, May 31st, 2013

May 31, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi A recent lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission alleged Victorville city officials and bond underwriters defrauded bondholders of $13.3 million in 2008 due to failure to disclose actions and risks of “inflated property values” backing redevelopm...

Cities could be stuck with ‘aesthetic’ impacts of High Speed Rail

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

May 30, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi Like a train horn, controversy is blaring over efforts to reform the California Environmental Quality Act. One issue is whether the state’s environmental law is anti-business -- or, conversely, does not go far enough to fight global warming/climate change. But...

Powerful CA unions pushing ‘fair share health care’

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

May 29, 2013 By Katy Grimes Labor unions are on the attack and using the legislative process to take down Walmart and other non-union businesses using the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare A bill aimed at forcing large non-union businesses to cover the health care costs of all employee...

IRS: the heart of big government

Monday, May 27th, 2013

May 27, 2013 By Steven Greenhut It’s hard to believe, but the current tax scandal will eventually fade away just as all Washington, D.C. scandals run their course. It’s easier to believe that the IRS will remain a loathsome and abusive agency, subject perhaps to some reforms and personnel chan...

Tesla just a tax-funded government project

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

May 26, 2013 By John Seiler I've seen a couple of Tesla cars tooling around Orange County. They're neat, as we said in the 1960s. And they're made in California. They also survived where other electric car companies, such as Fisker, have crashed. The problem with the Tesla and all these cars is t...

Cap and trade could tax cities for out-of-state pollution

Friday, May 24th, 2013

May 24, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi Utility companies reportedly bought most of the $280 million in total pollution permits, about $162 million worth, at last week's statewide cap-and-trade auction. It was the third auction held since last November. Several city-run municipal power utilities in Cali...

Shake, rattle and roll in Nor Cal

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

May 23, 2013 By Katy Grimes Earthquake! Tonight in Sacramento, we felt the rumblings of a 5.7 earthquake centered in in Greenville, CA, in Plumas County -- 300 miles from Sacramento. This is considered a moderate earthquake. So far, there have been 13 small aftershocks reported. This is a rare...

Crazifornia: Still more Cali-Incompetence on the Bay Bridge

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

May 23, 2013 By Laer Pearce It’s been almost a quarter century -- 23 years, seven months and five days, to be exact – since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake knocked out a section of the eastern span of the Oakland Bay Bridge, causing one of the earthquake’s 57 fatalities. Despite the huge ch...

Bridge debacle foreshadows bullet train mega-debacle

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

May 22, 2013 By Chris Reed Mankind has been building bridges for more than 3,000 years. A bridge built in the 13th century BC in Greece is still in use. Building durable bridges over water is not a modern accomplishment. The Roman Empire liked to build simple arch bridges over rivers and put up h...