Posts Tagged ‘Jerry Brown’

Six Californias?

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Today entrepreneur Tim Draper is submitting signatures to put his Six Californias idea onto the 2016 ballot. That will give him two more years to sell his idea that the state -- which by then will be crammed with 40 million incredibly diverse people -- would be better off chopped up. The initiat...

7 ways James Fallows is wrong about the CA bullet train

Friday, July 11th, 2014
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Writing on The Atlantic's website, the much-respected journalist/intellectual James Fallows -- a Redlands native who knows California better than nearly all other national pundits -- has come out as a big fan of the state's bullet-train project. He promises to return frequently to the project in com...

CA economic ranking renews debate

Thursday, July 10th, 2014
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For those who put a lot of stock in statistics, it's a good month for California. The Golden State has returned to take its former position among the world's largest economies. World Bank calculations show California -- if it were considered a country -- placing eighth in size worldwide. That's...

Feeble CalPERS reform shows Brown who runs Sacramento

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Taken at face value, the pension reforms touted by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011 and 2012 were genuinely far-reaching for a California Democrat, even one as allegedly independent as Brown. But from the 2014 perspective, two of the key provisions previously sought by the gov have not only gone nowhere; th...

CA protests derail migrant transfers

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Recent days have seen the immigration issue intensify. At Murrieta's Border Patrol station, protestors repelled a convoy of Department of Homeland Security buses carrying detained migrants who illegally crossed the U.S. border into Texas. Instead of dropping off 140 detainees every 72 hours as ...

Aussies dump carbon tax

Monday, July 7th, 2014
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AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, was enacted by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger not just to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California by 30 percent. Its exact wording also read: National and international actions are necessary to fully address the issue...

Is pro-business faction emerging among CA Dem lawmakers?

Monday, July 7th, 2014

For years, both the California Air Resources Board and the California Democratic Party have peddled the absurd fiction that there is no economic downside to AB 32 forcing the entire state to shift to cleaner but much costlier forms of energy. It's awfully easy to be green and consider yourself bo...

CA, US green-job campaign promises fall far short

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

In 2008, Barack Obama ran for president on the promise that he would get the economy out of the Great Recession with a recovery plan built on green jobs. He promised 5 million such jobs would be created across the U.S., and with the passage of the $880 billion stimulus plan by Congress in early 2009...

Sacramento pack somehow perceives well-run state government

Friday, July 4th, 2014
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Happy Fourth, everyone! In January 2008. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said that he backed state lawmakers' push to revise strict term limits for a specific reason. In response to a question I asked him at an editorial board meeting, Arnold said he thought Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez and Senate...

Green flack thinks <2% annual growth in CA ‘cleantech’ is impressive

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
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The fallout from the news that 16 Assembly Democrats were willing to go on the record with their concerns that AB 32 will drive up gas prices and cause economic pain to struggling folks in their home districts continues to grow. It's gotten attention not just in California but national play. Th...