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How accurate are high-speed rail jobs reports?

September 4th, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton.   How many jobs is the California high-speed rail project creating? As California’s unemployment rate remains above the national number, it’s a crucial question. The California High-Speed Rail  Authority has numbers of jobs created as of April. As reported by McClatchy, the CHSRA says “71 companies working on the rail project have offices in the Central Valley; 47 of th...

Expert says drought did not cause Napa quake

August 27th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Natural disasters predictably bring up speculation about causes. On radio shows, callers have been wondering whether the ongoing drought or fracking caused the 6.0 Richter scale South Napa Earthquake on Aug. 24. It's true that, just before the quake, scientists reported that a loss of 63 trillion gallons (with a "t") of water due to drought had lifted the earth’s crust...

Covered CA premiums set to spike

August 19th, 2014 By Troy Anderson.   For some time, Obamacare critics have warned that health insurance premiums would skyrocket once the Affordable Care Act went into effect. Now they say the leap in premiums, as calculated by state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, is just the beginning of hefty annual hikes in the years ahead. Jones recently released an analysis – conducted in response to complaints re...

Switch to almond farming hits water policy

August 12th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Got almonds? California rice farmers are shifting to growing higher-priced almonds, whose acreage jumped by more than 50 percent last year, to offset the high price of water during the drought. But there will be many unforeseen consequences, especially as rice harvests decline. Although the data are not in yet, the shift to almonds could be so lucrative it could bring a...
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