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Transit strike ban fails in committee

January 24th, 2014 By Dave Roberts.   California's Bay Area suffers the third worst traffic congestion in the nation, behind Honolulu and Los Angeles, according to USA Today. That congestion occurs despite Bay Area Rapid Transit's 104 miles of track taking nearly 400,000 people off of the roads each weekday. So when the BART unions went on strike twice last year, the Bay Area’s normally bad congestion turned into ...

Drought could cascade through state infrastructure

January 23rd, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. California's drought disaster is real, and could cascade through several levels of the state's infrastructure. Here's what could happen: 1. A cutback of 95 percent of water for some farmers and 20 percent for Southern California cities; 2. A resulting loss of hydropower from pumped storage reservoirs; 3. Wildfires. Throw in the shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, ...

Three cities oppose gas-fired power plants to replace San Onofre electricity

January 10th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. The cities of Encinitas and Del Mar in San Diego County have appealed to the California Public Utilities Commission opposing the use of gas-fired power plants to replace lost power from the San Onofre nuclear power plant.  San Onofre was shut down due to mechanical design flaws. The City of Solana Beach is about to follow suit. If taken to its extreme, these cities could have no bac...

Hydrowonk makes 2014 predictions for Bay Delta plan

January 9th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. Rodney T. Smith, PhD, is a consulting economist in Claremont for Stratecon, Inc.  Smith also runs a unique blog called Hydrowonk.  One of Smith’s side businesses is a new venture with Inkling Markets called Stratecon Water Policy Markets. It brings prediction markets to the water industry. If the title “California’s Hydrowonk” can be attributed to anyone, it is Smith.  S...
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