Infrastructure

Anti-nuke activists aim at San Onofre

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

April 3, 2013 By Joseph Perkins Southern California Edison meets today with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. It hopes to persuade the feds to approve its proposed license amendment for San Onofre nuclear plant, which has been offline since January 2012 because of certain wear and tear on its tw...

Real Culprits in CA Housing Crash

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Jan. 11, 2013 By Joseph Perkins As the California economy continues slowly to recover from the collapse of its once-thriving housing sector, the banking industry is trying to close its books on the financial disaster. This week, Bank of America agreed to pay Fannie Mae $11.6 billion to settle a c...

Solar power fries ratepayers

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Dec. 29, 2012 By Joseph Perkins Most lawmakers in Sacramento have no idea who Robert K. Merton was. But they almost certainly are familiar with terms the late great American social scientist introduced into the popular lexicon, including “unintended consequences.” An apt example of that con...

Yes to Desalination

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Sept. 28, 2012 By Joseph Perkins The Western Hemisphere’s largest seawater desalination plant moved a huge step closer to actually being built with the tentative agreement Thursday by the San Diego County Water Authority to buy all the water produced by the Carlsbad plant’s private developer, ...

Rare court victory for home builders

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Aug. 22, 2012 By Joseph Perkins It has taken the better part of two decades, but the California Supreme Court has finally reined in so-called “construction defect” lawsuits, the threat of which has had a damping effect on development of multi-family for-sale housing. The case in question pitt...

Chevron refinery fire sets off money grab

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Aug, 10, 2012 By Joseph Perkins Well, that didn’t take long. No sooner did Chevron douse the fire this week at its Richmond oil refinery before a couple thousand folks, claiming some sort of personal injury or another, started looking for a way to get paid. More than a thousand “victims” o...

Calif. refuses to generate own electricity

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Aug. 3, 2012 By Joseph Perkins George Santayana famously warned, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” So it is that, only a decade after the Great California Energy Crisis, during which wholesale electricity prices ran up 800 percent in an eight-month span, state e...

The tangled web of High-speed spending

Monday, June 11th, 2012

June 11, 2012 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO -- With the looming state budget deadline of June 15, most lawmakers are at least pretending to have budget issues in their sights at the moment. But there are still thousands of bills churning through the Capitol bill mill, many of which would cause even gr...

Space: Next California frontier

Friday, May 18th, 2012

May 18, 2012 By Joseph Perkins The dawning of the commercial space age begins Tuesday. That’s when SpaceX is expected to launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida for a rendevous with the International Space Station -- the first time a private spacecraft will do so. A Saturday launch was canceled du...

How to save state parks from closure

Friday, May 11th, 2012

May 11, 2012 By Joseph Perkins A pair of Northern California lawmakers unveiled a proposal this week to avert the scheduled July 1 closure of 70 state’s 278 parks, casualties of last year’s budget-cutting by the Legislature. “The notion of closing 70 parks is ill-conceived,” said state Se...