Special problems for high-speed rail 1

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

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St. Louis Fed: There was no recovery 4

May 31, 2013 By John Seiler Gov. Jerry Brown and others have been proclaiming “California is back” because of greater state revenues. But I’ve been warning here all along that the “recovery” is hollow. For one thing, the reduction in

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Victorville bond bust brings SEC lawsuit 4

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

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CA and Obamacare: Media offer happy talk, not analysis 13

May 31, 2013 By Chris Reed Last week, when the California agency that has the lead role in implementing Obamacare announced the rate structure for various insurance plans to be offered beginning Jan. 1, 2014, the media jumped to a

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Air Resources Board corp facing open meetings 3

May 30, 2013 By Katy Grimes Stop the presses! A really good Republican bill just passed the Assembly 63-0. What? How? AB 527 by Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, would repeal the existing exemption of the Western Climate Initiative, Inc., and

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Michael Hiltzik ❤ Big Brother IRS

May 30, 2013 By John Seiler I often have criticized Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik for almost always favoring more government — more taxes, more spending, more controls. But I have to commend him for his recent column, “Showing

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Cities could be stuck with ‘aesthetic’ impacts of High Speed Rail 0

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

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SB 768 cigarette tax could promote smuggling 5

May 30, 2013 By Katy Grimes A new bill could drive cigarette prices even higher. It especially would hit working-class Californians because they’re more likely to smoke than professionals. SB 768 is by state Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles. It would

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Powerful CA unions pushing ‘fair share health care’ 35

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

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Special interest union bill may die in Assembly 3

May 29, 2013 By Katy Grimes Occasionally the Legislature gets it right and kills a bad bill. Today may be one of those days. AB 1333 by Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, is an ugly piece of special interest legislation.

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