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NEW: Video: How bag ban kills jobs and might make you sick

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
NEW: Video: How bag ban kills jobs and might make you sick

The ban on bags at the grocery store has multiple unintended consequences. John Phillips tells Alexis Garcia why the bag ban won't make anybody healthier. http://youtu.be/fn2hFIn-mvk The opinions of guests on CalWatchdog do not necessarily reflect the opinions of CalWatchdog or its editors and...

CA farmers lead new immigration push

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Migrant farm labor

Immigration has become the biggest national issue involving California's farmers. In the state's agricultural heartland, a host of issues are on the agenda, ranging from this year's painful drought to marijuana eradication. But one matter looms large. Farmers need more laborers to work the fields...

‘Climate credit’ begins march through CA

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
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Beginning this month, millions of Californians will see something new on their electricity bills: a “climate credit.” The line-item credit will range between $30 and $40. It will function as most Californians' first direct experience with AB32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. AB32 m...

Judge green lights Silicon Valley class action suit

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
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It's official: Many of California's biggest tech firms are going to trial. Faced with a class action brought by over 64,000 combined employees, Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, Lucasfilm and Pixar asked U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to grant a summary judgment effectively throwing out the law...

Rick Perry returns to woo CA businesses

Friday, March 21st, 2014

  Texas Gov. Rick Perry is returning next week to the Golden State. Maybe this time, California Gov. Jerry Brown will take him seriously. Perry made a four-day recruiting trip to California in February of last year, visiting San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. He met up with CEOs a...

Green Bank Czar could oversee new state bureaucracy

Friday, March 7th, 2014
Obama czars

  In American political parlance, a "czar" is a government official put in charge of a project. For example, the head of the federal Drug Enforcement, currently Michele M. Leonhart, commonly is dubbed the "drug czar." Now state Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, is proposing to establish what...

Cracked dam shows vulnerability of CA green power grid

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
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California power grid operators learned Friday that Grant County in the state of Washington had implemented an emergency response plan due to a crack in the Wanapum Dam along the Columbia River. Divers detected a 65-foot long crack at the base of one of the dam’s 10 spillways last week.  Whi...

Feinstein/Boxer drought-relief proposal already carried out

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
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On Feb. 11, 25 days after Gov. Jerry Brown declared an official drought, California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer introduced a drought-relief bill. Senate Bill 216, " The California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014," was introduced concurrently with President Barack Obama’s visi...

Feds give CA breathing room on bullet-train matching funds

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
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There's been another funding twist for the California bullet-train project. The Federal Railroad Administration has agreed to delay the due date for $180 million in state matching funds for the project from April 1 to July 1,  according to a press release from Rep. Jeff Denham’s office. Th...

L.A. Times’ undermining of ‘climate change’ claims could affect court fights

Monday, February 24th, 2014
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  It wasn't the intention of the Los Angeles Times, but the newspaper has provided historical drought data with implications for a U.S. Supreme Court case that was heard Monday, Feb. 24  -- "U.S. Chamber of Commerce v. U.S. EPA." The case challenges whether the U.S. Environmental Protect...