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Yes to Desalination

September 28, 2012 By Joseph Perkins. Sept. 28, 2012 By Joseph Perkins The Western Hemisphere’s largest seawater desalination plant moved a huge step closer to actually being built with the tentative agreement Thursday by the San Diego County Water Authority to buy all the water produced by the Carlsbad plant’s private developer, Poseidon Resources. This is a huge deal for Poseidon. If finalized by the water authority...

Breaking public-employee pensions: The political path

September 27, 2012 By admin. Second in a series on public pensions. The first is here. Sept. 27, 2012 By Mark Cabaniss In taking on the California pension problem, the first step is dispelling some large, tenacious and commonly held illusions. The first illusion is that pensions are contracts protected by the U.S. Constitution and the California Constitution, and therefore are legally unbreakable, “written in ...

Hold the Twitter: Brown signs a good law!

September 27, 2012 By admin. Commentary Sept. 27, 2012 By Steven Greenhut Gov. Jerry Brown just signed something good into law. This is so rare that we ought to hold the presses. Brown today signed legislation that bans public and private universities and employers from demanding social media passwords from potential employees and students. This is an absurdly totalitarian practice, as employers and "educators" ...

Now Atwater teetering toward bankruptcy

September 27, 2012 By admin. Sept. 27, 2012 By Chriss Street Atwater, Calif. just admitted it does not have the cash flow to make a $2 million municipal bond payment due in November. It may become the fourth local California government to file for Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy this year. The 28,000-resident farming community has been strangled by environmentalists less interested in family farms than in protecti...
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