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California Water Cold War Heats Up

May 10th, 2011 By admin. MAY 10, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI Long gone are the hot wars of the 1920’s when Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's William Mulholland took over Mono County and Owens Lake with his own shotgun militia. And local farmers resisted the taking of their water rights and land by dynamiting the Los Angeles Aqueduct. But California’s perpetual water cold wars continue in the sta...

Inflation Means California Default

April 29th, 2011 By admin. APRIL 29, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI A March 24 Los Angeles Times-USC opinion poll indicated that 80 percent of likely California voters favored putting a cap on state spending. That is a remarkable statistic that didn’t make the original headline in the Times about the results of the poll.  Instead, the Times thought that what was a headline story was that 53 percent of survey respond...

Sacto's Ongoing Redevelopment Disaster

April 19th, 2011 By admin. APRIL 19, 2011 By RICHARD TRAINOR Since its inception in 1953, the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment  Agency has been driven by scandals, sweetheart deals for connected developers, cockeyed projects and ineptitude. In 1991, this reporter wrote the official history of the (SHRA) in a book titled, "Flood, Fire & Blight." The agency's history since then has included such develop...

Govt. Fights Citizens' Right to Know

April 12th, 2011 By admin. APRIL 12, 2011 By TORI RICHARDS A recent appellate court decision could have far-reaching impact on whether citizens can successfully fight government agencies for documents under the California Public Records Act. Attorneys battling for public records only have one big hammer -- attorneys' fees upon winning in court. Now this important element has been curtailed in a recent court o...
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