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Court hears objections to high-speed rail

June 4th, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton. This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Part 1 is here. The first article in this series on the crucial May 23 hearing before the Third District Court of Appeal reported that questions asked by the justices seemed to lean in one direction: toward a reversal of a lower-court decision on March 4 by Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny that would delay the high-speed rail project from mo...

Study: Green power worst way to cut CO2

June 2nd, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   This is Part 1 of a two-part series. Most people probably know more about Cap'n Crunch cereal than about California’s complicated cap-and-trade air emissions regulation program.  But according to a new study, perhaps Cap'n Crunch would be a better name for cap and trade, which "crunches" industrial C02 (carbon dioxide) emissions by requiring large industries to buy pol...

Appellate court seems to OK high-speed rail

May 29th, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton. This is Part 1 of a two-part series. Is a green light ahead for California’s high-speed rail project? In a crucial hearing on May 23 before the Third District Court of Appeal, questions asked by the justices seemed to lean toward a reversal of a lower-court decision on March 4 by Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny that would delay the rail project from moving forward. The laws...

Ending water wars could spark tax wars

May 23rd, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Phil Isenberg wants to end California's water wars. The member of the Delta Stewardship Council and its past chair wants to connect the cost of water more closely to its users. According to a report by the California Economic Summit, he points out that the cost of water is about $30 billion a year for the state. And it breaks down to 4 percent from federal spending, 12 pe...
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