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FPPC shuns investigation of CA legislators’ Cuba trip

April 9th, 2013 By CalWatchdog Staff. April 9, 2013 By John Hrabe and Katy Grimes After Friday’s report on CalWatchdog.com that at least two state legislators traveled to Cuba with a powerful Sacramento lobbyist, you’d think the state’s political watchdog might be launching a formal investigation. After all, the trip was hosted by the same lobbyist that reached a $500,000 settlement in 2010 with then-New York Att...

Salmon eating farmers along San Joaquin River

April 1st, 2013 By CalWatchdog Staff. April 1, 2103  By Wayne Lusvardi As with the fish eating Jonah in the Bible story, salmon now are eating California farmers. The San Joaquin River is California’s longest river, running 366 miles from the Sierra Nevadas through the Central Valley, then flowing out into San Francisco Bay. According a recent green account by environmentalists recited in the Los Angeles Times, the Sa...

Lawsuit, bills seek to dowse fire tax

March 25th, 2013 By CalWatchdog Staff. March 25, 2013 By Dave Roberts It hasn’t been a great year for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. In January, the Los Angeles Times revealed that for seven years Cal Fire has been hoarding a slush fund that grew to $3.66 million. In February, the Sacramento Bee reported that Cal Fire fees that were supposed to be used for fire prevention measures had instead b...

Radicalness of CARB’s long-term plans comes into focus

March 20th, 2013 By CalWatchdog Staff. March 20, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO -- While the California Air Resources Board continues to forge ahead like a blind bull in a china shop with its far-reaching climate change plan, the extent of the destruction that could result is beginning to become evident. At a legislative hearing Tuesday, it became uncomfortably apparent that CARB officials simply do not understand what dri...
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