Posts Tagged ‘Joseph Perkins’

Desal can mitigate California’s water woes

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy dedicated the nation’s first saline water conversion plant. A public-private partnership between U.S. Department of Interior and Dow Chemical, the Freeport, Texas plant converted seawater from the Gulf of Mexico into 1 million gallons a day of fresh water. “...

Covered California stumbles into new year

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Manuel Arriola, co-owner of an Oxnard insurance broker, spent three hours and 15 minutes on the phone this past Monday with customer service representatives for Covered California. He needed to find out whether or not insurance applications he forwarded to the state’s Obamacare health exchange ...

Now New York fires a shot across California’s bow

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
Start Up NY

  Gov. Jerry Brown was not amused this past February when Texas Gov. Rick Perry made a four-day recruiting trip to California, hosting meet and greets with CEOs and other business executives in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Orange County. Perry invited the CEOs and execs to r...

NRC leaves lump of coal in San Onofre’s stocking

Friday, December 27th, 2013

  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission this week cited Southern California Edison for failing to check the design of steam generators that led to the permanent shutdown of its San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Chaired by Allison Macfarlane, the five-member commission determined that “desi...

Will Surfrider’s distortions block Orange County desalination plant?

Friday, November 1st, 2013

“Please join us in protecting our coast and ocean by sending the Coastal Commission a message today: DENY THE HUNTINGTON BEACH OCEAN DESALINATION FACILITY AND ENSURE THAT THIS PROJECT, AND THE MANY MORE TO FOLLOW, WON’T DESTROY PRECIOUS MARINE LIFE AND HABITAT!” So screams an online appeal ...

Covered California rollout also suffers glitches

Friday, October 25th, 2013

“To those who’ve worried, suffered in silence, hoped, and lived in a state of fear: Welcome to a new state of health. Welcome to Covered California, the place to find quality, affordable coverage, financial help for those who need it, and no one can be denied because of a previous condition.” ...

Costly fallout from San Onofre’s decommission

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a public meeting Thursday in Carlsbad, during which members discussed the process by which the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will be decommissioned and, importantly, who will ultimately foot the projected $4 billion bill. This past June, Southern...

CA taxes, mandates boost unemployment

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
California Unemployment Development Department

  “California raised a bunch of taxes this year. Its economy hasn’t collapsed.” So read the snarky headline accompanying a post last month by Jim Tankersley on the Washington Post’s Wonkblog. “Eight months after raising sales and income taxes, California is still adding jobs on par ...

CSU, UC pressed to disinvest in fossil fuels

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Raven Rutledge is a student at San Francisco State University. She has not summered as a Wall Street intern. She is not enrolled in SFSU’s MBA program. Yet, the environmental studies major played a lead role this summer in pressuring the San Francisco State Foundation -- which manages the u...

CA teachers sue union over political use of dues

Monday, August 26th, 2013
Union negotiating, taxpayers, cagle, Aug. 26, 2013

  Monday marks the start of a new school year for Rebecca Friedrichs, a kindergarten teacher at Holder School in Buena Park, a Southern California city of 82,000. The 25-year veteran of the Savannah School District is to be forgiven if she is wary of the reception she will receive from he...