CA congressman changes GOP pot game

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Faced with a choice between traditional drug attitudes and federalist political principles, 49 Republican members of the House of Representatives recently voted in favor of the latter. And a California Congressman led the way. In a result unthinkable just a few years ago, enough GOP representativ...

Water conservation success backfires on policy-makers

Monday, June 16th, 2014

  A longstanding truism when it comes to needed goods such as water systems, flood control or catastrophic earthquake insurance is that the public wants them but does not want to pay for them. This was confirmed anew by a recent USC-L.A. Times poll, which found only 36 percent of those po...

How Obama energy rules hurt, help CA

Friday, June 13th, 2014
Obama's New Proposed Regulations On Coal Energy Production Met With Ire Through Kentucky's Coal Country

  On June 2, President Barack Obama announced his new rules to mothball “dirty” coal power plants so as to reduce carbon-dioxide power plant emissions by 30 percent from their 2005 level. He also set voluntary targets for the percentage of renewable energy in each state by 2029. Cove...

CA oil industry celebrates defeat of fracking moratorium

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

  California’s oil industry is celebrating the defeat of a bill that would have placed a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing -- but warned that the fracking war is far from over. Senate Bill 1132 by Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, failed 18-16 on the Senate floor May 28. Four Democra...

Sweeping new legal challenge to bullet train

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

A massive California Environmental Quality Act lawsuit was filed June 4 in Sacramento Superior Court over the newly certified environmental impact report (EIR) for the bullet-train project segment linking Fresno to Bakersfield. This EIR is supposed to have far more details about the impacts of th...

CA innovators lead on tech surveillance

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Some of California's lesser-known players in tech have seized the initiative in shaping the nation's surveillance culture. Many Americans are familiar with the Taser, a nonlethal device used by law enforcement to shock and immobilize. Fewer are aware that the Taser is the creation of a company w...

CA air board may invalidate 1.3 million pollution-offset credits

Monday, June 9th, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's repeated punishment of an Arkansas waste disposal firm has led the California Air Resources Board to consider invalidating 1.3 million environmental offset credits bought from the Arkansas company by California firms to offset the effects of air pollution. ...

Gov. Brown ‘saves’ sriracha

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

From the looks of it, the sriracha scandal is over, thanks to Gov. Jerry Brown. Dig deeper, however, and the sudden resolution to the nine-month-old ordeal becomes more mysterious. First, the simple part of the story. On Wednesday, the Irwindale City Council voted to drop both the lawsuit an...

CA sex offender laws suddenly shaken up

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
California Department of Corrections Seal

Life is about to get a little easier for Californians on the state's sex offender registry. Substantial changes to the law are underway at both the legislative and judicial levels. In Sacramento, lawmakers are seriously considering a plan that would pare down California's sex registry rolls. At ...

Feinstein drought bill heads for House merger

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
S. 2198

In the novel “A River Runs Through It,” later made into a movie, Norman Maclean wrote, “Eventually all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. ... I am haunted by waters.” Driven by the haunting reality of lack of California farm water, the Democratic and Republican drought...