Posts Tagged ‘Wayne Lusvardi’

Tiered pricing ends up subsidizing solar panels for the rich

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
Tiered electricity pricing

  In a new development for energy conservation, it turns out charging more for electricity, the more juice is used, could be bad for the environment. This "tiered pricing" is also called Increasing Block Pricing. IBP is pushing some homeowners into installing uneconomic rooftop solar pan...

Do tiered water rates save water?

Friday, October 10th, 2014

  It must sound crazy in the middle of an epic California drought to say empirical studies show raising water rates to spur water conservation is not likely to result in water conservation. But a study by CalWatchdog.com of comparable water rates in Orange County indicates tiered water ra...

Obama order upgrades Angeles National Forest

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
Angeles National Forest

  On Friday, President Obama carries his “executive orders” controversy to Southern California. In town since Thursday, he will redesignate half of the Angeles National Forest a national monument at the behest of Rep. Judy Chu, D-Monterey Park. According to the Los Angeles Times, "The ...

Water subsidies are ‘ancient history’

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

This is Part 4 of a series.  Prior articles in this series showed there are no real water subsidies. But if there are no real water subsidies to farmers from taxpayers, what about all those crop subsidies? According to Mark Borba, owner of Borba Farms in Monterey County, “The days of...

Fact-checking water price subsidies

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
David Zetland

This is Part 3 of a series. Part 1 was on how drought-water pricing violates Proposition 218’s ban on tax increases without a vote of the people. Part 2 was on fact-checking water pricing. Water subsidies are the focus of much controversy in California, with farmers commonly bearing much ...

Drought brings centralized groundwater control

Monday, September 29th, 2014

  Was it necessary to pass three new bills that increase the California government's control over groundwater? The numbers tell the story. By now most Californians have heard the shockingly huge number: The state has lost 63 trillion gallons of water due to the drought that has hit sin...

SoCal water reserves could dry up in 2016

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
Demolition of water tower south base

  The nearby photo shows the recent demolition of a 160-foot water tank tower at Edwards Air Force Base northeast of Lancaster. Could it be a prophetic image for Southern California’s future? The Associated Press reported the area's regional water supplier, the Metropolitan Water D...

Fact-checking drought-water pricing

Monday, September 22nd, 2014
Drought, Sept. 16, 2014

  This is Part 2 of a series. Part 1 was on how drought-water pricing violates Proposition 218's ban on tax increases without a vote of the people. What is good water pricing during a drought? Let's look at some situations. 1. Voluntary conservation A good place to start is the continu...

Does drought pricing violate state law?

Saturday, September 20th, 2014
water meter - wikimedia

This is Part 1 of a series. Calls now are going out to raise water prices even higher to spur conservation. Instead of fining people for watering their lawns, numerous economists are recommending just tacking a punitive surcharge onto water rates until use drops. But there's a problem ...

Bankruptcy could cut San Bernardino fire pensions

Monday, September 15th, 2014
San Bernardino fire patch

  It was a hot 102 degrees last Thursday in San Bernardino -- perfect weather for a city bankruptcy "cramdown." Federal Bankruptcy Court Judge Meredith Jury ruled the city, as Reuters reported, "may impose cuts to its firefighters' overtime and pension benefits in a bid to reach a bankr...