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  • Opinion: Will California use congestion to coerce motorists?

    07/06/2015 2:55:41 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 19 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 22, 2015 | Dan Walters
    --SNIP-- Three months ago, Browns Department of Transportation, fulfilling a 2009 legislative mandate, began circulating a draft of a California Transportation Plan, aimed at setting policy for the next quarter-century. Citing Californias commitments to reducing greenhouse gases and improving access to non-automotive transportation, the CTP proposes to reduce automotive travel by increasing motorists taxes, flatly rejecting road capacity enhancing strategies, and urging the state to avoid funding projects that add road capacity. Implicitly, therefore, it contends that increasing traffic congestion and the cost of driving would compel Californians to abandon their cars in favor of transit, bicycles and other non-automotive...
  • Public Employee Unions Are Sinking California

    01/22/2010 5:00:19 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 28 replies · 1,140+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 01-22-10 | STEVEN GREENHUT
    Months after closing its last budget gap, the Golden State is $20 billion in the red. Sacramento An old friend of mine has a saying, "Even the worm learns." Prod one several hundred times, he says, and it will learn to avoid the prodder. As California enters its annual budget drama, I can't help but wonder if the wisdom of the elected politicians here in the state capital equals that of the earthworm. The state is in a precarious position, with a 12.3% unemployment rate (more than two points higher than the national average) and a budget $20 billion in...
  • CA: Coastal panel grants San Diego waiver on pollution, a potential $1.5 billion savings (8-4 vote)

    10/08/2009 8:59:07 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 479+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 10/7/09 | Mike Lee
    In a striking change of direction, the California Coastal Commission Wednesday voted 8-4 to give San Diego its third exemption from pollution standards set by the federal Clean Water Act. Just two months ago, commissioners overwhelmingly to deny the five-year waiver from secondary treatment levels at the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant. The facility processes sewage from more than 2.2 million people in and outside of the city's limits. The commission's reversal saves San Diego from having to retrofit the facility at a price tag of up to $1.5 billion. The last major step is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,...
  • CA: How Nez rose to power so fast

    01/23/2008 8:43:36 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 47+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 1/23/08 | Matthew Yi
    San Diego - -- Assembly Speaker Fabian Nez fidgeted with his BlackBerry as he sat in a leather seat in the back of a black Buick Park Avenue and zoomed south on Interstate 5. He checked voice mail, read e-mail and barked his ideas for fixing California's ailing health care system to his staff in Sacramento. --snip-- He was a novice politician who had just won his first election. He also was a divorc struggling to reconcile with his ex-wife, who had been his college sweetheart. And he was recovering from personal bankruptcy. Five years later, he is living a...
  • Secrets remain after indictment of Hollywood private eye - Anthony Pellicano

    02/11/2006 11:24:15 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 549+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/11/06 | Greg Risling - ap
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - For more than two decades, if there was a scandal to be snuffed out in Hollywood, private investigator Anthony Pellicano was considered the man for the job. In 1983, his analysis of audio tapes and other evidence undermined testimony from witnesses and helped earn auto maker John DeLorean an acquittal in a cocaine trafficking case. Ten years later, he worked for pop superstar Michael Jackson in his first fight against child molestation allegations. Actor Sylvester Stallone once called the detective a "very good friend." Through his celebrity connections, Pellicano eventually became a star in his own...
  • CA: Massive State Bond Possible ($50 Billion)

    11/14/2005 7:06:19 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 703+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11/14/05 | Evan Halper
    SACRAMENTO Coming off a losing campaign to curb state spending, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is promoting a statewide public works program that may be financed by a bond sale so large it would dwarf previous state borrowings. The governor hopes to join with Democratic leaders and businesses to address Californians' growing frustration with clogged roadways, polluted water, hospital shortages, overcrowded schools ... Schwarzenegger is seizing an issue with wide bipartisan support in an effort to restore his image as a moderate, although his plan threatens to cause tension with some conservative allies who have long warned against more government borrowing....
  • CA: Union politics fee can remain-(judge refuses to stop surcharge funding campaign war chest)

    10/06/2005 9:10:36 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 957+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 10/6/05 | Andy Furillo
    A federal judge in San Jose refused Wednesday to restrain the California Teachers Association from bolstering its political campaign account by imposing an annual $60 surcharge on its members for the next three years. U.S. District Court Judge James Ware's decision in a case filed by the Virginia-based Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation probably will allow the teachers union to raise and spend upwards of $50 million to contest Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's special election initiatives slated for the Nov. 8 ballot, representatives of both sides in the lawsuit said. "This is fantastic," CTA chief counsel Beverly Tucker said. "We...
  • CA: Davis Advisor Named to Lead Shriver's Staff (gay advocate&fellow Democrat Daniel Zingale)

    09/28/2005 8:51:14 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 446+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/28/05 | Peter Nicholas
    SACRAMENTO California First Lady Maria Shriver named as her top aide Tuesday a former senior official to ex-Gov. Gray Davis, the Democrat her husband tarred in the 2003 recall campaign as the symbol of ineffectual government. Daniel Zingale, who served under Davis as the link between the governor's office and the vast state bureaucracy, will be the new chief of staff to Shriver, a Democrat. He will return to the governor's suite of offices on the first floor of the Capitol, this time surrounded by many Republicans who labored to oust Davis. Zingale has also been an unpaid political...
  • Driver's Licenses for Illegal Aliens Bill Passes Senate Transportation Committee(California)

    05/20/2005 2:54:36 PM PDT · by kellynla · 42 replies · 1,266+ views
    Save Our License.com ^ | 5/20/2005 | Save Our License.com
    As we expected, the State Senate Transportation & Housing Committee passed Gil Cedillo's driver's license bill on Thursday. All Republicans on the Committee voted no, all Democrats but one voted yes. There was one Democrat not voting. The bill will next be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee. The committee meets every Monday at 1:30 pm. As soon as a hearing date has been set, we will notify you. Please take time to contact the committee members and the committee consultant to oppose this bill.
  • California: Fraud Judgment stuns Simon

    08/01/2002 8:29:15 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 1,462+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 8/01/02 | Emily Bazar and Dan Smith
    <p>GOP gubernatorial nominee Bill Simon predicted the jury's decision would be set aside or overturned. The investment firm he co-founded was among the defendants sued for fraud in the takeover of a pay-phone company.</p> <p>A Los Angeles jury Wednesday found the investment firm co-owned by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Simon liable for $78 million in damages after concluding it engaged in fraud during a botched takeover of a pay-phone company.</p>