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Lawmakers text while discussing lack of broadband for poor

March 12th, 2013 By CalWatchdog Staff. March 12, 2013 By Katy Grimes Click-click-click went lawmakers' smart phones as they texted Monday while seeming to listen to four hours of hearings on expanding broadband Internet services to poor people. At the same hearing, representatives from AT&T, Verizon, and the California Cable and Telecommunications Association asked lawmakers for forward thinking, reasonable policies an...

Redevelopment fallout: Lawmakers impose big new taxes

March 5th, 2013 By CalWatchdog Staff. March 5, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO -- SB 391 is the California Stamp Act. The original Stamp Act was imposed in 1765 and helped spark the American Revolution against British tyranny. According to, "The new tax was imposed on all American colonists and required them to pay a tax on every piece of printed paper they used." British King George III is long gone. But stat...

Voters can dry up ‘inevitable’ tax on rain

February 25th, 2013 By CalWatchdog Staff. Feb. 25, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi The lyrics to Celine Dion song, “Rain Tax (It’s Inevitable),” suggested that some day government was bound to levy a tax on natural rainfall. By 2009, the California legislature voted to impose just such a rain tax through Assembly Bill 2554.  The tax is purportedly to comply with the Federal Clean Water Act.  But oddly, only Los Angeles County...

Will Blue-State California become Detroit on the Pacific?

February 18th, 2013 By Robert J. Cristiano, Ph.D.. Environmentalists have used the allusion of the canary in the mineshaft when describing the importance of protecting the endangered Desert Sand Fly, Stephens Kangaroo Rat or the infamous Delta Smelt. By placing these insignificant creatures on the Endangered Species List, they were able to stop construction of hospitals, schools, roads and homes. And in the case of the Delta Smelt, t...
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