Infrastructure

Earthquake just hit Orange County
Friday, March 28th, 2014

9:11 pm. About 3 minutes ago, an earthquake rolled through Orange County. In Huntington Beach, where I live, it lasted about 45 seconds. My guess is that it was not in O.C. because of the rolling. My dogs were acting weird when I took them for a walk 5 min. earlier. But I didn't know why. U...

L.A. proposal: That’s a pension tax — not a pothole tax
Thursday, March 20th, 2014
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This proposal -- allegedly from Los Angeles bureaucrats but almost certainly from new L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti -- got the scorn it deserved on libertarian and conservative websites when it came out Wednesday afternoon: "L.A.'s elected officials should put a half-cent sales tax hike on the November...

Ruling on Chuck Reed’s pension initiative not end of the world
Friday, March 14th, 2014
maviglium

Editor's update, 2 p.m.: San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is reportedly suspending the initiative push until 2016 because the court delays related to the ballot language challenge will make it difficult for signature gatherers to meet deadlines -- not because of the ballot language the court said he must u...

Buzz builds in TX, FL over privately funded bullet-train projects
Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
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Back in 2008, perhaps the single biggest thing that supporters of Proposition 1A had going for them was that a California bullet-train network just sounded cool and futuristic. Critics, however, pointed out correctly that the $9.95 billion bond that went along with 1A as seed money for the state pro...

Worst roads — highest taxes
Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Los Angeles traffic jam 1953, wikimedia

California has the highest income, sales and gas taxes in America -- and the worst roads. Reported CBS Los Angeles: Los Angeles topped the charts for the most gridlocked city in 2013, according to the annual Traffic Scorecard, which is complied by traffic information provider INRIX. Drivers in LA ...

Dan Walters figures out Gov. Brown wants bullet train dead
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

For a few months, Cal Watchdog has been the only outlet in the media underlining how fundamentally strange and self-defeating the actions of the state government have been in defending the bullet train. After an August court ruling from Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny that the massi...

Attorney for plaintiffs in bullet-train lawsuit suggests way out
Saturday, March 1st, 2014
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Michael J. Brady, the Redwood City attorney for Kings County and other parties suing the California High-Speed Rail Authority, offers his theory on the easiest, cleanest way for Gov. Jerry Brown to abandon the bullet-train fiasco. This is from an email he sent out yesterday: "There is a lot of dise...

Self-parody department: Dakota oil boom depicted as threat to CA safety
Thursday, February 27th, 2014
green earth

The San Francisco Chronicle has broken new ground in over-the-top petrophobia. Not content to warp the California debate over fracking in the Golden State by never mentioning the Obama administration considers it safe, the Chronicle's editorial page actually is warning that North Dakota's fracking-...

The dog that didn’t bark: More evidence top Dems want bullet train gone
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
dog.didnt.bark

The California establishment fights dirty when it comes to direct challenges to its priorities and the people it wants to protect the most. The CTA blocking efforts to make it easier to remove classroom sexual predators and instead passing legislation that gave such predators new protections is o...

GOP vs. bullet train
Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Republicans in California no longer have much influence. But they still can exercise the bully pulpit. They did so last week, calling to put the bullet train before voters again. According to Capitol Weekly: California Republicans, long opposed to the $68 billion high-speed rail plan backed by G...