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Covered CA premiums set to spike

August 19th, 2014 By Troy Anderson.   For some time, Obamacare critics have warned that health insurance premiums would skyrocket once the Affordable Care Act went into effect. Now they say the leap in premiums, as calculated by state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, is just the beginning of hefty annual hikes in the years ahead. Jones recently released an analysis – conducted in response to complaints re...

Switch to almond farming hits water policy

August 12th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Got almonds? California rice farmers are shifting to growing higher-priced almonds, whose acreage jumped by more than 50 percent last year, to offset the high price of water during the drought. But there will be many unforeseen consequences, especially as rice harvests decline. Although the data are not in yet, the shift to almonds could be so lucrative it could bring a...

Summary details high-speed rail problems

August 6th, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton.   As construction is going forward, now would be a good time to clear the air a little and summarize California’s high-speed rail project. And why not with a little humor? This month the Santa Clarita Valley Signal published a tongue-in-cheek editorial on the project. It referenced the mandate in Proposition 1A, the 2008 bond initiative voters approved that launched the pr...

Can CA be 100% clean energy by 2050?

August 4th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Can California be oil-free by 2050, just 36 years from now? Yes, according to Mark Jacobson of Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy. He says California can be oil free by 2050 with a quadruple redundant energy system of thousands of wind turbines, millions of solar panel arrays and 4,150 new solar power plants. Jacobson is a professor of civil and environmental eng...
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