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CA Enviro Plan Channels Pol Pot

June 8th, 2011 By admin. JUNE 8, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI Remember Pol Pot, the Cambodian dictator and head of the Khmer Rouge? According to Wikipedia, "During his time in power, Pol Pot imposed a version of agrarian socialism, forcing urban dwellers to relocate to the countryside to work in collective farms and forced labor projects, toward a goal of 'restarting civilization' in a 'Year Zero.' The combined effe...

McClintock: Water Actually 'Abundant'

June 2nd, 2011 By admin. JUNE 2, 2011 By JOHN SEILER The history of California practically is the history of water. So it's not surprising that the recent history of the state involves a shift from government facilitating growth to government sharply restricting growth -- in water and the rest of the economy. The older model must be restored for California to again become an engine of economic growth, Rep. To...

Court Decision Could Spur Prison Reform

May 23rd, 2011 By admin. MAY 23, 2011 By JOHN SEILER Today's U.S. Supreme Court decision mandating California state prison reductions must lead to long-needed reforms. The decision upheld a lower court ruling that from 38,000 to 46,000 must be released due to overcrowding that violated the Eight Amendment's ban on "cruel and unusual punishments." As the majority decision noted, federal lawsuits first were tak...

Berkeley's Reactionary Recyclers

May 18th, 2011 By admin. MAY 18, 2011 By K. LLOYD BILLINGSLEY When cities outsource services to save money, they often take heat from workers. It’s different in Berkeley, where a revolutionary plan to “insource” services to the city drew the wrath of recycling reactionaries. Berkeley’s progressive pretensions cannot prevent economic woes and the city recently found itself with a deficit of more than $...
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