Posts Tagged ‘Joseph Perkins’

CA high-speed rail strikes out at hearing

Friday, March 28th, 2014
rail screen capture

  The state Senate’s Transportation and Housing Committee held a hearing Thursday on California’s quixotic high-speed rail project.  Even Gov. Jerry Brown, who still hopes the bullet train will be the enduring legacy of his third stint as governor, might have been troubled by the conclus...

Rick Perry returns to woo CA businesses

Friday, March 21st, 2014

  Texas Gov. Rick Perry is returning next week to the Golden State. Maybe this time, California Gov. Jerry Brown will take him seriously. Perry made a four-day recruiting trip to California in February of last year, visiting San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. He met up with CEOs a...

Schwab the latest CA company seeking greener pastures

Friday, February 21st, 2014
Big Tex wikimedia

  Charles Schwab is shorting California. The online brokerage, a Fortune 500 corporation, announced recently it is relocating 1,000 jobs from its San Francisco headquarters to out-of-state locations. “The decision to reduce our concentration in San Francisco is based on many factors,” sai...

Ivanpah solar plant bets on wrong technology

Sunday, February 16th, 2014
Ivanpah solar power

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was in the unincorporated San Bernardino County community of Nipton Thursday, where he dedicated the new $2.2 billion, 392-megawattt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (SEGS). “The Ivanpah project is a shining example of how America is becoming a world l...

Oregon has become the new California

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Imagine if a grizzly bear and a beaver squared off in a cage match. It would be a decided mismatch in the bear’s favor. That’s how interstate competition used to be between California – which prominently features a bear on its state flag – and Oregon – which boasts a two-sided flag, the...

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 ...