Infrastructure

Federal drought bill dead in water until 2015

Friday, November 21st, 2014

  Better and wetter luck next year, California. On Thursday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., put the kibosh on passing a federal water bill dealing with California’s drought during the lame-duck session. She wrote in a statement: “Over the past several weeks I have been working clos...

Solar crash ramped up CA natural gas power

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
renewables graph

  Yesterday a problem struck California's electricity system that wasn't supposed to happen until at least 2015. Freak low-lying clouds at about 3 p.m. cut temperatures to only 68 degrees in Los Angeles and 64 in San Francisco, about 6 degrees below normal, increasing demand for electrici...

Can Gov. Brown pluck federal $ for bullet train?

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
Jerry Brown 1943

  Successful politicians never accept defeat. So it's not surprising -- but still a little startling -- that Gov. Jerry Brown is not dumping his high-speed rail project in the junk yard after the Nov. 4 victories of its Republican opponents. He just said Republicans were "going to join...

Gov. Brown faces high-speed rail hurdles

Monday, November 10th, 2014
Valadao letter

  Republicans’ triumph last week in the U.S. Congress already is rippling across the country. Does that bother Gov. Jerry Brown and his push for getting more federal funding for California’s high-speed rail project? So far, Congress allocated only $3.5 billion as part of President Obama...

Pension spikes crumbling CA roads

Friday, October 31st, 2014
Los Angeles traffic jam, wikimedia

From roads to bridges and well beyond, California's neglected infrastructure won't receive relief this election cycle. For years, the state has lavished money on other projects -- especially public pensions. Despite a flurry of bad press surrounding the crushing burdens those pensions place on...

Rail court decision could run over future bonds

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
train wreck

Is there a cow catcher on the front of the California high-speed rail project? One that pushes away future bond measures on everything from water to parks? That's the unasked question as voters head to the polls next Tuesday to decide the fate of Proposition 1, the $7.1 billion state water bond...

Enviros battle over merits of rooftop solar vs. desert solar

Monday, October 27th, 2014
Nellis_Solar_panels

Things aren't working out well for renewable energy advocates who hoped cheaper rooftop solar energy would replace large solar power plants in California’s Mojave Desert and return "economic democracy" to the people with millions of rooftop solar installations. This is reflected in the furious ...

Drought emergency strikes Southland water district

Friday, October 24th, 2014
upper district

    Will next year bring restrictions to water use in Southern California that cause people’s yards to go brown and die? Could be, if the Southland suffers a worst-case scenario of low rainfall and no imported water, Tony Zampiello told CalWatchdog.com; he’s watermaster for t...

VIDEO: Gov. Brown’s High-Speed Boondoggle Chugs On

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
NEW: VIDEO: Gov. Brown’s High-Speed Boondoggle Chugs On

Why would Gov. Brown make high-speed rail a budget priority? The Heritage Foundation's Stephen Moore joins CalWatchdog's James Poulos to discuss better transportation options that would actually serve the needs of Californians. ...

Obama order upgrades Angeles National Forest

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
Angeles National Forest

  On Friday, President Obama carries his “executive orders” controversy to Southern California. In town since Thursday, he will redesignate half of the Angeles National Forest a national monument at the behest of Rep. Judy Chu, D-Monterey Park. According to the Los Angeles Times, "The ...