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

Monday, February 24th, 2014

  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...

Welfare, housing: Clinton pragmatism still ignored by CA’s dim paleo Dems

Monday, February 24th, 2014

In the late 1980s, after three straight Republican presidential wins in which GOP candidates won 133 of 150 states, the Democratic Leadership Council seized prominence in Democratic policy circles with its centrist reform agenda. Founded in 1985 by strategist Al From, the DLC thought the bad imag...

Schwab the latest CA company seeking greener pastures

Friday, February 21st, 2014
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  Charles Schwab is shorting California. The online brokerage, a Fortune 500 corporation, announced recently it is relocating 1,000 jobs from its San Francisco headquarters to out-of-state locations. “The decision to reduce our concentration in San Francisco is based on many factors,” sai...

Lawmakers lighting up $2 per pack cigarette tax hike

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Like a re-lit cigarette, smoke again is rising from Senate Bill 768. By state Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, the bill would place a new tax on cigarettes of $2 a pack, with an equivalent tax on cigars, pipe tobacco and other tobacco products. With de Leon slated to become the next Senate pre...

Assemblyman Rendon’s bill addresses CA drought

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

As the record drought intensifies, the California Legislature is working on several proposals to address the state’s lack of water storage and inadequate delivery system. A major entry comes from Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood. Assembly Bill 1331 would place a $6.5 billion bond on...

Drought War: GOP and Dems in fight over CA water policy

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
Drought War: GOP and Dems in fight over CA water policy

Call it the Drought War. Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein is fighting with three Republican U.S. representatives over water policy in this parched state. On Jan. 17, Minority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, Rep. Devin Nunes of Tulare and Rep. David Valadao of Hanford sent a jo...

Bill to save beach bonfires passes Assembly

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

For many state residents, roasting marshmallows over a beach fire ring is as Californian as surfing and the Beach Boys. Yet in recent years the rings have come under fire for producing smoke and noise. The California Assembly voted unanimously Monday to keep control of the fire rings with local c...

Senate bill targets Vernon battery recycler

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

A new bill that today passed the California Senate, 33-0, is aimed at one specific company. And it would give great new regulatory powers to the state Department of Toxic Substances Control. Senate Bill 712, by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Huntington Park, was not debated, and faced no opposition even f...

Hearing reveals DTSC clogged with regulatory problems

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
Hearing reveals DTSC clogged with regulatory problems

The new year brought the implementation of complex new state legislation passed in 2013 dealing with toxic waste in California. Businesses also must prepare for yet more legislation that was enacted in 2013, but will become effective in 2015. The state Department of Toxic Substances Control conve...

Desal can mitigate California’s water woes

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy dedicated the nation’s first saline water conversion plant. A public-private partnership between U.S. Department of Interior and Dow Chemical, the Freeport, Texas plant converted seawater from the Gulf of Mexico into 1 million gallons a day of fresh water. “...