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June ballot measure “orphaned,” but poised to pass: Prop 50 — Suspending Legislators without pay

June ballot measure “orphaned,” but poised to pass: Prop 50 — Suspending Legislators without pay

CA Controller’s January Cash Report Shows Revenues Falling Short of Estimates

CA Controller’s January Cash Report Shows Revenues Falling Short of Estimates

January state revenues fell short of projections included in Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal by $239.8 million, with both the personal income tax and the retail sales and use tax failing to meet projections, State Controller Betty T. Yee reported today. “The governor has emphasized the need to be alert to changes in the state’s […]

Chavez drops Senate campaign, recommits to Assembly

Chavez drops Senate campaign, recommits to Assembly

. In dramatic fashion, Assemblyman Rocky Chavez announced Monday he was suspending his campaign to replace the retiring Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer while at a debate for that seat. “I think the best role I can fill for the Republican Party and moving the agenda forward … is to run for my Assembly seat,” the Oceanside […]

Feds freeze offshore CA fracking

Feds freeze offshore CA fracking

Good news on several CA drought fronts

Good news on several CA drought fronts

By Chris Reed . State officials measured the Sierra Nevada snowpack for the second time in 2016 on Tuesday, and once again the news was good. Capital Public Radio has the details: The latest measurement …  showed that the “snowpack is growing quite nicely.” Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the […]

Simi Valley Residents Protest Planned Opening of Residential Detox Facility

Simi Valley Residents Protest Planned Opening of Residential Detox Facility

Last December, when residents in a quiet section of Simi Valley known as the “Texas tracts” learned that a residential drug and alcohol detox facility was moving into their neighborhood, they were concerned and in some cases appalled that a for profit business could simply buy a house in a residential area, get a license […]

Environmentalists use Porter Ranch disaster to target CA fracking

Environmentalists use Porter Ranch disaster to target CA fracking

. The California Public Utilities Commission is considering closing the massive 3,600-acre natural gas storage location in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles County, anxious that the Southern California Gas Co. has been unable to stop massive leaks of methane from the SS-25 well that began on Oct. 23. The fear is that many […]

Falling gas revenue sharpens CA infrastructure fight

Falling gas revenue sharpens CA infrastructure fight

By James Poulos . As revenues from the statewide gasoline tax tanked amid low prices, lawmakers in Sacramento faced a fiercer debate over how to fund California’s much-needed infrastructure improvements. In the meanwhile, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration went ahead with huge cuts to the infrastructure budget. According to the Los Angeles Times, “state transportation officials have […]

County payroll hikes stay ahead of population increases

County payroll hikes stay ahead of population increases

. Sierra County, tucked in the foothills once traversed by the Donner Party along the Nevada border, has seen its population dip 7 percent since 2010 to 3,000 souls. Meantime, though, the county’s payroll increased from $7 million in 2013 to $8 million in 2014, while the county’s top wage earner, former Sheriff John Evans, […]

Hyperloop soon to break ground

Hyperloop soon to break ground

By James Poulos . Despite a consistent chorus of criticism from naysayers, the Hyperloop ultra-fast rail project has broken new ground, with a rapid timetable in place for its California debut. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, one of the leading companies dedicated to taking SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s revolutionary brainchild off the drawing board and into reality, went public with news […]