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CalPERS seeks to be new California ‘Octopus’

December 17, 2012 By admin. Dec. 17, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi In 1901, Frank Norris wrote a novel, “The Octopus: A Story of California.” The book became famous for its description of the monopolistic Southern and Pacific Railroad that dominated California a century ago. Fast-forward to 2012 and the bankrupt city of San Bernardino, where the California Public Employees Retirement Fund is trying to become a ne...

Much required of Democratic Legislature

December 14, 2012 By Joseph Perkins. Dec. 14, 2012 By Joseph Perkins I met Darrell Steinberg last week. The state Senate president pro tem said that he and his fellow Democrats recognize the awesome responsibility that comes with the supermajorities they now enjoy in both chambers of the Legislature. To which I say, facta, non verba.  Or, for those who are rusty on their Latin, “deeds, not words.” I’m not referri...

Rail Series: Medium-speed train tracking costs less than high-speed rail

December 14, 2012 By admin. This is Part 4 of a series on Medium-Speed rail alternatives to California’s High-Speed Rail project. Click to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6. Dec. 14, 2012 By Stan Brin How much does it cost to lay an additional pair of tracks beside an existing line? A lot, but not as much as you would think. According to spokesmen for the various railroads, it co...

Regulations stalling power plant conversion

December 14, 2012 By admin. Dec. 14, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi In George Orwell’s novel “1984,” "doublespeak" meant the reversal of the meaning of words: “war is peace,” “ignorance is strength” and “freedom is slavery.” Ever since the California Electricity Crisis of 2000-01, California has been afflicted with what might be called “powerspeak,” where “deregulation is re-regulation,” “un...
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