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Los Angeles teeters on the brink of bankruptcy

April 30th, 2012 By admin. April 30, 2012 By Brian Calle Taxpayers in Los Angeles are facing a major crisis if Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other officials do not begin to address the systemic, structural issues putting the city on the fast track to economic upheaval. The situation is similar to that in other California cities such as Stockton and Vallejo. Much ado has been made about the city’s projecte...

Warning for CA: Harrisburg confronts bankruptcy

April 17th, 2012 By admin. Editor’s Note: This is the seventh in a Special Series of 12 in-depth articles on municipal bankruptcy. In a warning for California, it examines the bankruptcy of Harrisburg, Pa. April 17, 2012 By Tara Leo Auchey What happened in Harrisburg, Pa.? One day there was nothing but murmurs about Pennsylvania’s capital city being in a fiscal mess. Then, all of a sudden, H...

Cadiz creates water out of thin air

April 9th, 2012 By admin. April 9, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi Call it “thin water.” A small private company called Cadiz Inc. in Los Angeles is in the process of creating water in California’s Mojave Desert -- like a magician, literally out of thin air. By selling that water wholesale, water agencies will be able nearly to double the amount of water sold because of an administrative mechanism called an “I...

New High-Speed Rail Plan Runs Over Prop. 1A Mandates

April 3rd, 2012 By admin. April 2, 2012 By Katy Grimes As California politicians show more desperation to build any part of the California High-Speed Rail system in order to get their hands on $3.5 billion in federal stimulus money, the plan is looking more like a whack-a-mole game. But every hole that is plugged, every detail that is softened or tweaked, and every cost estimate that is changed causes a bigger ...
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