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Trump Interior Secretary Wants to Log California Forests to Limit Wildfires

Trump Interior Secretary Wants to Log California Forests to Limit Wildfires

By Chriss Street Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said during a visit to fire-ravaged regions of California this weekend that the Trump administration would seek changes in forestry management policies to reduce the severity of wildfires. Zinke was in Redding, California, to tour the devastation of the Carr Fire and advocate for President Donald Trump’s plan to […]

California Hardest Hit as 177 Wildfires Burn Across America

California Hardest Hit as 177 Wildfires Burn Across America

By Chriss Street The U.S. National Preparedness Center issued its highest Level 5alert on Tuesday as 63 of the 177 large wildfires burning across America are rated “uncontained.” California is the hardest-hit state, with 21 major wildfires. President Donald Trump granted Gov. Herry Brown’s request and issued an emergency declaration Saturday morning that authorizes the U.S. Federal Emergency Management […]

National Right to Work Foundation Demands SEIU Refund $100 Million to CA State Workers

National Right to Work Foundation Demands SEIU Refund $100 Million to CA State Workers

By Chriss Street The National Right to Work Foundation (NRTWF) is demanding the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) refund up to $100 million in union fees to California state workers. The move follows the Supreme Court’s Janus v. AFSCME decision banning unions from automatically deducting fees from non-members’ paychecks. The NRTWF announced that the Janus decision strengthens its class-action suit, titled Hamidi et […]

Tijuana Resident Impersonated U.S. Citizen to Steal $361,000 in Government Benefits

Tijuana Resident Impersonated U.S. Citizen to Steal $361,000 in Government Benefits

By Chriss Street A Mexican citizen living in Tijuana with 40 aliases was sent to U.S. prison after admitting he assumed an American identity to collect almost $361,000 in government benefits fraudulently. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California announced that Andres Avelino Anduaga, a Mexican citizen living in Tijuana, had admitted to obtaining […]

Study: Proposition 47 ‘Prison Reform’ Increased Property Crimes by 9%

Study: Proposition 47 ‘Prison Reform’ Increased Property Crimes by 9%

By Chriss Street A new study by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) found voter-approved Proposition 47, which reduced penalties for lower-level crimes, increased property crimes by 9 percent. The California social justice advocates who sponsored the Prop 47 ballot initiative in November 2014 claimed that the state historically had over-penalized lower-level drug and property offenders, […]

Gov. Brown Makes Drought Water Rationing Permanent

Gov. Brown Makes Drought Water Rationing Permanent

By Chriss Street California Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills that will force water districts and municipalities to permanently adopt even more aggressive water rationing level than during the state’s 5-year drought. The San Jose Mercury reported that Brown issued a press statement that a changing environment means the state must begin to conserve water resources in preparation […]

Californians Oppose Self-Driving Cars on Roads

Californians Oppose Self-Driving Cars on Roads

By Chriss Street Californians now oppose self-driving cars on local roads by almost a three-to-one margin, according to a new poll. The technology behind “autonomous” vehicles that drive themselves by using complex systems of computers, radars, and lasers has made tremendous advances. But a series of high-visibility crashes appears to have caused the California public to […]

High Taxes Killing California Recreational Marijuana Tax Collection

High Taxes Killing California Recreational Marijuana Tax Collection

By Chriss Street California expected state and local tax bonanza from legalizing recreational marijuana sales is drastically under-performing forecast due to a high tax burden. The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration reported that collection for the state’s first three months of legal sales that began on January 1, only produced $32 million of […]

Howard Jarvis Group Collects 150% Signatures for Gas Tax Repeal

Howard Jarvis Group Collects 150% Signatures for Gas Tax Repeal

by CHRISS W. STREET The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers’ Association (HJTA), which has led California’s “Reject The Gas Tax” ballot initiative, delivered 940,000 signatures to Sacramento Tuesday, far above the required 585,407 valid signatures necessary to qualify the gas tax repeal for the November 2018 ballot. HJTA has been arguing that the Democrat-controlled California legislature’s “Road Repair […]

Elon Musk Faces Risk of Being Booted as Tesla Chairman by Shareholders

Elon Musk Faces Risk of Being Booted as Tesla Chairman by Shareholders

by CHRISS W. STREET Elon Musk faces a shareholder proposal that could take away his Chairman title as conflict of interest concerns and litigation compound Tesla’s lack of profitability challenges. Tesla, Inc. was founded by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning in 2003 after General Motors recalled and destroyed all of its pioneering EV1 electric cars. A […]

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