Infrastructure

NEW: 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 ...

Gov. Brown rebuilds redevelopment

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Reversing his 2011 abolition of redevelopment, on Monday Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law two bills that will revive it, Senate Bill 628 and Assembly Bill 229. He also vetoed a third redevelopment measure, AB2280, he believed went too far by codifying an anti-poverty program into redevelopment la...

Drought brings centralized groundwater control

Monday, September 29th, 2014

  Was it necessary to pass three new bills that increase the California government's control over groundwater? The numbers tell the story. By now most Californians have heard the shockingly huge number: The state has lost 63 trillion gallons of water due to the drought that has hit sin...

SoCal water reserves could dry up in 2016

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
Demolition of water tower south base

  The nearby photo shows the recent demolition of a 160-foot water tank tower at Edwards Air Force Base northeast of Lancaster. Could it be a prophetic image for Southern California’s future? The Associated Press reported the area's regional water supplier, the Metropolitan Water D...

New appeal seeks to halt bullet train

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

A new legal move has ratcheted up the legal battle around California's $68 billion high-speed rail project. In a controversial decision late this July, the California Court of Appeal for the Third District brushed aside claims that ballot wording and voters' intent carried legal weight that...

Sacramento hits the gas on driving taxes

Friday, September 12th, 2014
state Gas Taxes Apr 2014

Within a few years, California may choose to tax drivers by the mile. Taking up a controversial idea floated by the federal government and embraced by Oregon, Sacramento legislators recently passed a bill that could lead to a new "road usage charge." Senate Bill 1077 wouldn't impose a driving ta...