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High-speed rail goes for second segment

July 11th, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton. The California High-Speed Rail Authority is floating a new idea: Start a second high-speed rail segment, but this time fund it using cap-and-trade dollars. The project would stretch from Burbank to Palmdale in the northeast section of the Los Angeles basin. The money would come from the cap-and-trade program that effectively charges industries for excessive greenhouse gas emissions, a...

Feinstein backfills some water for Central California  

July 9th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is coming through with her promise to backfill Central Valley farmers water they lost as part of her San Joaquin River Restoration Act of 2009. Replacement farm water should have been provided before any diversions of farm water for fish runs depleted backup water storage for droughts.  This is one of the major man-made reasons why California is experiencing his...

Mileage tax advances in Legislature

July 8th, 2014 By Dave Roberts.   California drivers could be just a few years away from having “black boxes” in their cars tracking their travel and taxing them for every mile driven. Senate Bill 1077 is by Assemblyman Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, and would require a mileage tax pilot program to start up by 2016. It recently passed the Assembly Transportation Committee. Proponents argue that a mileage...

Independence Day from foreign energy?

July 4th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. As today we celebrate America's independence from Great Britain, it might also be time to celebrate our independence from foreign energy. Alas, California isn't playing its part. During the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo and the 1979 Iranian Revolution, there were long lines of cars at California service stations due to gasoline shortages.  In 1979, customers could only buy gas on alternate d...
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