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SB1188 could expand product litigation

May 20th, 2014 By Dave Roberts.   “California has consistently had one of the worst lawsuit climates in the nation, currently ranked at 47th for lawsuit fairness,” concluded the Institute for Legal Reform’s 2012 Lawsuit Climate Report. “The courts in Los Angeles rank as the country’s second worst for legal fairness, with San Francisco’s courts coming in at fourth worst.” Unlikely to improve Ca...

Do Californians want to raise oil taxes?

May 15th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Are Californians ready for another tax increase? That's what California hedge-fund manager Tom Steyer sought to find out in his “People’s Poll” on whether voters would support an added oil extraction tax in California. The tax would be 9.9 percent on a barrel of oil. It would raise up to $2 billion a year. Steyer is not new to pushing tax increases. In 2012, vot...

Prop. 26 wins San Diego water war

May 12th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Remember Proposition 26, the Stop Hidden Taxes Initiative, passed by 52.5 percent of California’s voters in 2010?  Probably no one who voted at that time had any idea Prop. 26 would help resolve -- at least for now -- the 68-year water rate battle between the San Diego County Water Authority and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. SDCWA and MWD have ...

Skepticism rises over need to reduce CO2 levels

May 5th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   It's not even Halloween, but this sounds scary. The San Francisco Chronicle headline warned, “High Carbon Dioxide Levels Set a Record.” CO2 is a greenhouse gas of the type that AB32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, is designed to reduce. At the top of the Chronicle article is a chart of what's called the Keeling Curve (another version is displayed nearby...
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