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Summary details high-speed rail problems

August 6th, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton.   As construction is going forward, now would be a good time to clear the air a little and summarize California’s high-speed rail project. And why not with a little humor? This month the Santa Clarita Valley Signal published a tongue-in-cheek editorial on the project. It referenced the mandate in Proposition 1A, the 2008 bond initiative voters approved that launched the pr...

Can CA be 100% clean energy by 2050?

August 4th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Can California be oil-free by 2050, just 36 years from now? Yes, according to Mark Jacobson of Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy. He says California can be oil free by 2050 with a quadruple redundant energy system of thousands of wind turbines, millions of solar panel arrays and 4,150 new solar power plants. Jacobson is a professor of civil and environmental eng...

Bill would mandate employee poverty data

August 1st, 2014 By Dave Roberts. A bill making its way through the state Legislature seeks to publicly “shame” California businesses that employ a large number of workers who also receive public assistance benefits. That’s the warning from the California Chamber of Commerce in a press release headlined “CalChamber, State Agency Question Exposing Employers to Public Shame​​​​​​​​​.” Assem...

Fresno votes against high-speed rail project

August 1st, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton.   In a surprise this week, the Fresno County Supervisors’ voted, 3-2, to officially oppose California’s high-speed rail project. That reversed seven years of actively supporting the project. No one expects Fresno’s actions will stop the project. But the vote delivers a strong message and an emotional blow. The "yes" votes against the project included Supervisor Debbi...
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