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Despite incentives, Tesla stiffs CA

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September 9, 2014 By James Poulos. Ensnared by deep contradictions between its regulations and priorities, California officials failed to close a massive deal with automaker Tesla, allowing Nevada to ink a landmark agreement. California and Nevada were just two of the states vying for Tesla's $5 billion "gigafactory," where the company will produce the lithium-ion batteries that power its electric cars. Arizona, New ...

Water deal turnoff helped parch L.A.

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September 9, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. Los Angeles sure could use extra water right now. But in 2002 the water-locked city forfeited a Golden State opportunity to buy drought-relief water from the Cadiz Inc. water company, mainly due to political pressure from environmental organizations.  Other more nimble public water agencies and private water companies have already snapped up most of the water from what now is ca...

Bill rectifies 9/11 scholarship program

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September 8, 2014 By James Poulos. It took California legislators until this year's session to restore a scholarship program created in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attack in 2001. The embarrassing delay came in the wake of years of funding abuses, according to a report finally filed by the State Auditor. The auditor confirmed what was first uncovered by the Associated Press. In a statement, state Senator Mark DeSa...

In fighting drought, San Antonio leaves L.A. in the dust

September 5, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Could cities such as drought-vulnerable Los Angeles come to regret that a “privatization” provision in the old $11.1 billion state water bond was removed? Back in 2009, there was an outcry against language in the original version of a proposed state water bond that would have allowed private companies to own, operate and profit from water projects partly funded by taxpay...
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