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Park fund scandal a ruse to grab gas tax funds from off-roaders

August 6th, 2012 By admin. Aug. 6, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi The first wisdom of politics is that things often are not what they seem.  This appears to be the case with the much ballyhooed report that former California State Parks Director Ruth Coleman “hid” $54 million in the off-road vehicle recreation special fund. A scandal broke out based on reports that the state was too broke to keep open 70 state park...

Southern Califiornia’s new pact with the Delta water devil

July 30th, 2012 By admin. July 30, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi If you dine with the Sacramento Delta water devil, you better have a long spoon. That might be the lesson that Southern California should have learned after being stuck with a $283 million bill to bail out Gov. Jerry Brown’s embarrassing boondoggle in failed Northern California geothermal power plants when he was governor from 1975 to 1983. On July 2...

How California made liquid smog

July 25th, 2012 By admin. July 25, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi How did a 1996 Federal Environmental Protection Agency “mandate” to clean up smog result in the California Energy Crisis of 2001 and the “wet drought” from 2007 to 2010? This is a question that California water experts never seem to ask. But it is a question worth answering if California is going to understand how the cost to improve air quality...

Star-Studded Cal State fundraising galas net little profit

July 17th, 2012 By admin. July 17, 2012 By John Hrabe When Grammy-award winning funk legends Earth, Wind and Fire performed at Cal State Fullerton’s 2011 Front and Center fundraising event for the Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation, Honda Center attendees were promised a “winter entertainment extravaganza.” And the foundation spared no expense to deliver on its promises: $225,000 for entertain...
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