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In fighting drought, San Antonio leaves L.A. in the dust

September 5th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Could cities such as drought-vulnerable Los Angeles come to regret that a “privatization” provision in the old $11.1 billion state water bond was removed? Back in 2009, there was an outcry against language in the original version of a proposed state water bond that would have allowed private companies to own, operate and profit from water projects partly funded by taxpay...

How accurate are high-speed rail jobs reports?

September 4th, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton.   How many jobs is the California high-speed rail project creating? As California’s unemployment rate remains above the national number, it’s a crucial question. The California High-Speed Rail  Authority has numbers of jobs created as of April. As reported by McClatchy, the CHSRA says “71 companies working on the rail project have offices in the Central Valley; 47 of th...

Expert says drought did not cause Napa quake

August 27th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Natural disasters predictably bring up speculation about causes. On radio shows, callers have been wondering whether the ongoing drought or fracking caused the 6.0 Richter scale South Napa Earthquake on Aug. 24. It's true that, just before the quake, scientists reported that a loss of 63 trillion gallons (with a "t") of water due to drought had lifted the earth’s crust...

Covered CA premiums set to spike

August 19th, 2014 By Troy Anderson.   For some time, Obamacare critics have warned that health insurance premiums would skyrocket once the Affordable Care Act went into effect. Now they say the leap in premiums, as calculated by state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, is just the beginning of hefty annual hikes in the years ahead. Jones recently released an analysis – conducted in response to complaints re...
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