Regulations

State peddles idea that bullet train contractors are investors

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
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On Jan. 11, 2010, the Legislative Analyst's Office issued a report on the latest iteration of the business plan for the California High-Speed Rail Authority. It contained a game-changing conclusion -- a predictable conclusion but still a crucial one. Here's what I wrote in a Union-Tribune editorial ...

Speed promises for bullet train? CA says ‘never mind’

Sunday, July 20th, 2014
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In 2008, California voters narrowly approved $9.95 billion in funds for a statewide high-speed rail network. When they voted for Proposition 1A, they didn't think there was much doubt about what they were getting -- a "safe, reliable, high-speed passenger train" was the mantra of Gov. Schwarzene...

Port of San Diego turns permit process into profit center

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

The Port of San Diego is breaking crazy new ground. The agency -- which has 500-plus employees and a $97 million annual budget to oversee maritime cargo and cruise ship facilities in a coastal area covering San Diego and four smaller cities -- has turned the permitting process into a way to pad ...

Parallels between Australia, Assembly AB 32 revolt are obvious

Friday, July 18th, 2014

One of the most universal findings in the social sciences has been the uniform way that humans at all stages of history have been for something that they think reflects well on them until they perceive that it costs them a dime. This axiom is playing out right now in Australia, where the governme...

CA fossil-fuel foes want to ban more than just fracking

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

California foes of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have been surprised and disappointed at their inability to get Gov. Jerry Brown or the Legislature to ban the practice. Brown's support for a law regulating but permitting the newly improved drilling technique barely seemed to discomfit the oil i...

Board chair’s upbeat take on bullet train at sharp odds with MSM

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
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When James Fallows of The Atlantic came out last week in strong support of the California high-speed rail project, I responded with an unnecessarily snarky piece -- sorry, James -- headlined "7 ways James Fallows is wrong about the CA bullet train." In it, I said the author was judging the project ...

Fallows cites CWD critique of his bullet-train stand

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
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The Atlantic's James Fallows, to his credit, followed up on his post last week touting the California bullet train project with another post acknowledging the strong push-back he had received. His respectful, straightforward tone was far different than the norm in CA, where Jerry Brown blames "defea...

Berkeley: Poor have right to free pot

Sunday, July 13th, 2014
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This sounds like a Cheech and Chong routine. The People's Republic of Berkeley has mandated that medical-marijuana dispensaries must give free pot to poor people. As marijuana is legalized in more places, that likely will spread across the country. In modern America, anything banned soon becomes ...

7 ways James Fallows is wrong about the CA bullet train

Friday, July 11th, 2014
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Writing on The Atlantic's website, the much-respected journalist/intellectual James Fallows -- a Redlands native who knows California better than nearly all other national pundits -- has come out as a big fan of the state's bullet-train project. He promises to return frequently to the project in com...

Aussies dump carbon tax

Monday, July 7th, 2014
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AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, was enacted by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger not just to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California by 30 percent. Its exact wording also read: National and international actions are necessary to fully address the issue...