Meet the Mother Jones staffer who thinks the bullet train is nuts

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

There are bullet-train apostates among California Democrats, starting with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, and bullet-train fans among state GOPers, starting with Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin. But by and large, the bullet-train debate in the Golden State is a partisan affair. This doesn't make much sens...

57% of CA infrastructure $ on mass transit? More, more, more!

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

In 2008, California enacted SB 375, the most important state law you never heard about. It was Senate leader Darrell Steinberg's bid for the sort of green reverence that Arnold Schwarzenegger enjoyed because of 2006's AB 32. SB 375 (Chapter 728, Statutes of 2008) directs the California Air Resource...

State estimates on cost of new lighting rules far too low

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

It looks like California business interests have yet another example of state bureaucrats downplaying or ignoring the cost of new regulations. The Voice of San Diego has a story that seems likely to end up producing headlines around the state. New retrofit mandates meant to lower energy use and e...

Bill would mandate double time on holidays

Friday, November 28th, 2014

A new bill would mandate double-time pay for some holidays. The Bee reported: Californians working through the holidays could get heftier paychecks under legislation that would mandate double pay for Thanksgiving and Christmas shifts. The legislation is by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Dieg...

CA tech geniuses: Global warming strategy a flop

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

The smartest climate scientists at Google's Silicon Valley research labs have now joined one of the most brilliant Microsoft techies in concluding that the conventional wisdom about how to fight global warming can't succeed. John Seiler and George Will, among others, don't buy climate change conv...

Biggest solar farm eclipsed

Friday, November 21st, 2014
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Solar was supposed to be the key "renewable energy" powering California away from dirty old fossil fuels and into the Radiant Future. A 2011 law Gov. Jerry Brown signed mandated 33 percent renewable energy by 2020, now just a little over five years way. He actually said when signing the law, "I didn...

What about that ‘global warming’?

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
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No wonder environmentalist extremists changed "global warming," as in AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, to "climate change." The Northeast has been blanked by record cold and snow that makes it easier for us to put up with California's high taxes, absurd regulations, absurdist poli...

CA work comp costs soaring

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
Arnold is numero uno

Amid almost complete failure, the one signature achievement of Arnold Schwarzenegger's seven years as governor was reform of the expensive workers compensation system. Now that's gone. His other promises -- to refuse to increase taxes and to "blow up the 麻将游戏 boxes" of massive government wa...

Fracking safety: NYT vs. LAT, yet again

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

The fracking revolution continues to unfold in a half-dozen states around the nation, with enormous benefits to all Americans. A New York Times analysis Friday laid out the particulars: The steepening drop in gasoline prices in recent weeks — spurred by soaring domestic energy production and Sau...

Will severe school lunch policies eventually cost Dems? Maybe

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

The news this week that UC San Francisco had "unveiled a repository of sugar science, designed to collect the evidence against sweetened foods and disseminate that information to the public — and persuade people to boot fructose and most other refined sugars out of their diets to protect their hea...