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Prop. 1 would follow $32 billion past water bonds

November 4th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Proposition 1 on today's ballot marks the first time in 50 years California has proposed building at least two new major dams and reservoirs. If voters concur, by 2023 dams would be built with the $7.5 billion water bond. An important consideration is how the 21 previous water bonds issued since 1970 have fared. That's when the State Water Project was completed. Over that ...

CARB rejects delay for ‘hidden gas tax’

November 4th, 2014 By Dave Roberts.   The California Air Resources Board rejected pleas at its latest meeting to delay bringing transportation fuels into the cap-and-trade program – despite arguments that it will result in higher gas prices, cost thousands of jobs and harm the state’s poorest residents. Cap-and-trade was launched in 2012 as part of AB32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which has th...

8 of 9 Water Bond Czars hail from NorCal

October 30th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Call them Water Bond Czars. They’re the nine members of the California Water Commission and will decide how to implement Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond on the Nov. 4 ballot, should voters pass it. While most media have focused on what’s in the bond, little attention has been given to who will oversee the first water storage projects built in California in ...

Stormwater tax drowns voters

October 21st, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. California is embarking on a program of capturing storm water from flood control channels for urban landscaping at high costs.  And stormwater capture projects won’t require voter approval under Proposition 218, the Right to Vote on Taxes Act, because courts have ruled stormwater recapture is not a tax on top of basic water service. Prior to 2014, there was no taxing authority and...
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