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Victor Davis Hanson: ‘California is very hard to screw up’

December 6, 2012 By admin. Dec. 6, 2012 By John Seiler "California is very hard to screw up," noted author Victor Davis Hanson told about 130 California business and community leaders Wednesday. He spoke at the Freedom Forum held at the Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach. The event was co-sponsored by the Pacific Research Institute,'s parent think tank, and the Lincoln Club of Orange County. A clas...

CEQA reforms blow political smog over state

December 5, 2012 By admin. Dec. 5, 2012 By Katy Grimes In the wee hours of the night, at the end of the last legislative session, language was added into a bill to push forward reforms to California’s 40-year old environmental policy, the California Environmental Quality Act. The reforms were sponsored by the CEQA Working Group, a business-labor-government coalition.  Intended to reduce frivolous environment...

Supremes nearly laugh L.A. storm water case out of court

December 5, 2012 By admin. Dec. 5, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi On Tuesday, Nov. 4, the U.S. Supreme Court came close to almost laughing out of court a lawsuit brought by environmentalists against the Los Angeles County Flood Control District.  The National Resources Defense Council wanted the Flood Control District to crack down on each of the 1,400 rainwater pollution dischargers into the San Gabriel and Los Angele...

Markets best would clean up L.A. pollution storm

December 4, 2012 By admin. This is Part 2 of a three-part series. Part 1 is here. Dec. 4, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi In Part 1 of this series, I explained how an $8 billion tax storm soon will swamp Los Angeles property owners. The tax storm will be: * A jobs program disguised as a storm water clean up tax; * Politically risky use of eminent domain; * Out-of-control land acquisition costs for new storm water catch ...
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