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California Solar Initiative: overhyped and underperforming

July 10th, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi. Now that the $2.167 billion California Solar Initiative is winding down, electricity ratepayers might ask: What was it and what did it accomplish? Was it: 1.) A cutting edge solar energy project to bring about a “self-sustaining” solar power industry, as touted by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and state legislators? The answer is mostly no based on post-...

Vehicle-fee extension would funnel taxes of less affluent to the rich

July 8th, 2013 By admin. July 8, 2013 By Dave Roberts Assembly Democrats, many of whom see themselves as champions of the downtrodden, instead became reverse Robin Hoods recently, robbing from the poor and middle class to give to the rich. Nearly every Democrat along with two Republicans approved AB 8 on June 27, which extends until 2024 a variety of vehicle fees that were due to expire next year. Some of tho...

Public ‘onslaught’ stopped union PLA bid

July 1st, 2013 By admin. July 1, 2013 By John Hrabe If you’re jaded about politics and question whether elected officials listen to their constituents, consider the story of how a group of concerned taxpayers and small business owners stopped the Coast Community College District in Orange County from adopting a controversial project labor agreement. The PLA would have allowed only unionized firms to bid on m...

UFW strong-arms its own employees

June 24th, 2013 By admin. June 24, 2013 By Katy Grimes What would Cesar Chavez say? The iconic co-founder of the United Farm Workers union organized across California to improve farm laborers' pay, benefits and working conditions. Cesar Chavez Day is a state holiday on March 31. Now the UFW is resisting its own employees' efforts to improve their situation. In the middle proudly stands longtime UFW ally, Assem...
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