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Rail Series: Surmounting the Tehachapi Barrier

December 17th, 2012 By admin. This is Part 5 of a series on Medium-Speed rail alternatives to California’s High-Speed Rail project. Click to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6. Dec. 17, 2012 By Stan Brin Now comes the hard part. As Ned Ryerson, that great observer of infrastructure complications, would say, it’s a doozy. Most Californians pay little notice to the Tehachapi Mounta...

Rail series: Medium-Speed Rail runs over High-Speed Rail

December 10th, 2012 By admin. This is Part 1 of a series on Medium-Speed rail alternatives to California's High-Speed Rail project. Click to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6. Dec. 10, 2012 By Stan Brin By now, everyone in California knows the voter-mandated High-Speed Rail project is a boondoggle. In fact, the HSR appears to be a boondoggle that actually exceeds the meaning of the wor...

Pollution tax storm heads for L.A. County

December 3rd, 2012 By admin. This is Part 1 of a three-part series Dec. 3, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi The tax climate forecast for Los Angeles County has turned gloomy. There is an $8 billion annual tax storm that is coming in 18 months. It will rain on every property owner in the county. But the tax monies will mainly flow to a few politically connected groups and unions.  To comply with new state law, the Los A...

Lax CPUC oversight lets PG&E gouge ratepayers

November 26th, 2012 By admin. Editor's note: This is Part 1 of two. Part 2 is here. Nov. 26, 2012 By Katy Grimes As the price of natural gas has fallen to a decade low, utility ratepayers wouldn’t know it. Utility costs continue to explode. Given the low cost of natural gas, Pacific Gas & Electric’s latest request to increase utility rates by more than 15 percent by 2016 is causing many to question why....
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