Regulations

NEW: Part of bullet-train legal mystery may be answered

Friday, October 31st, 2014

For close followers of the bullet-train saga, one of the most basic mysteries of recent years has been what happened after Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny's tentative ruling in August 2013 that blocked the state from starting construction on the first segment of the project. Kenny f...

CA hugely benefits from fracking boom that drives enviros nuts

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
Gas+Prices

Having seen a gallon of gas drop to $3.09 at a Valero or two -- after a summer in which gas prices fell instead of their usual habit of increasing in July and August -- I think it's beyond obvious to note that Californians are huge beneficiaries of the shale/fracking boom driving U.S. oil production...

Hydropower AB 32 scam as bad as one L.A. Times detailed

Monday, October 27th, 2014
green.fraud

The Los Angeles Times had a good analysis over the weekend of how AB 32 is being gamed in ways that make suspect its claims to be cleaning up the environment. California's pioneering climate-change law has a long reach, but that doesn't mean all its mandates will help stave off global warming. To ...

Are benefits of Prop 1 being oversold?

Saturday, October 25th, 2014
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Proposition 1 -- a $7.1 billion state bond to pay for a variety of water projects -- was billed as a huge improvement over bloated past proposed water bonds when it emerged from the Legislature this summer. Now Gov. Jerry Brown's political warchest and Sean Parker of Facebook and Napster fame are fu...

San Francisco rebuked for ‘fundamental’ abuse of property rights

Friday, October 24th, 2014
prop.rights

In an era in which eminent domain is routinely used to reward the wealthy and politically connected -- to the detriment of  poor and middle-class property owners -- it's easy to forget that property rights as conceived of in the U.S. Constitution are every bit as essential as free speech and the ri...

Has CA ranch found cheap route to carbon containment? Maybe

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
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If a recent San Francisco Chronicle story is right, the problem posed by carbon and other greenhouse gases accumulating in the atmosphere -- which most scientists think will play havoc with the climate -- might just have a cheap, low-tech solution. A compost experiment that began seven years ago on...

Federal official calls for regulating CA medical marijuana

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
Waiting to Inhale

For once, the Feds have a point. Outgoing Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole has helped alter President Obama's prohibitionist attitude on state marijuana laws toward one accommodating the differences among the 50 states. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, he said, “If you don’t ...

PRI-Forum for Corporate Directors discussion Oct. 23

Monday, October 20th, 2014
PRI Corporate Directors meeting, Oct. 23, 2014

The Pacific Research Institute, CalWatchdog.com's parent think tank, is partnering with the Forum for Corporate Directors in a breakfast panel discussion Thursday, Oct. 23 from 7-9 a.m. Location: The Westin South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92626. According to the flyer (see b...

LAUSD does not compute

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

What's it with governments and computers? The latest cyber-snafu strikes the LAUSD, reported the Times: "the Los Angeles Unified School District's student information system, which has cost more than $130 million, has become a technological disaster. The system made its debut this semester and prom...

Anti-fracking fervor builds in CA even as it lifts U.S. economy, stature

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Anti-fracking sentiment in California continues to build, and we're likely to see a spate of local moratoriums aimed at blocking the oil-drilling process in many cities and counties. This is happening even in places not normally associated with petroleum production, as this Orange County Register st...