Tuesday, April 30, 2013

California Pension Fund Is Hotel California

Either CalPERS lets them leave under better terms or San Jose files bankruptcy CalPERS and gets nothing.
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), which manages most public employee retirement benefits in California raised San Jose’s cost of checking-out of the pension plan by 584%.

Mayor Chuck Reed leads a conservative council majority in San Jose that have been battling to cut operating costs to keep the town of one million people from being forced to declare bankruptcy. The city’s largest and fastest growing liability is cost to fund their public employees’ defined benefit pensions that are invested by CalPERS.

Report: California governments could be $1.1 trillion in debt

Sounds like a lot of money.

The report says that assuming a 5.5 percent annual return would add $200 billion to state and local unfunded pension liabilities and lowering it to 4.5 percent would add $321 billion. Plugging in those numbers and adjusting for more recent budget deficits, short-term borrowing and additional retiree health care could push total debt over $1.1 trillion.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Green Desert: California leads nation in power outages

Wow.  I think if I owned a major company there that was experiencing these outages, I'd seriously look at moving.
California led the nation in power outages in 2012, with the state racking up 510 blackouts totaling 16,984 minutes — nearly 12 days — affecting more than 1.4 million people.

The average number of people affected per outage in the state was 3,711, and the average length per outage was 210 minutes, or three and a half hours.

...

The impact of power outages on corporate computer systems is equally devastating, according to figures from the Department of Energy.

■ 33 percent of companies lose $20,000–$500,000

■ 20 percent lose $500,000 to $2 million

■ 15 percent lose more than $2 million

I have a copy of that report.  And CA by far has had more outages than any other state.  And when you look at total duration, for TX it's 30 hours.   For CA?  12 days.:

Of course, when we last had a hurricane in Houston back in 2008, our power was out for three weeks!!  Having said that, from 2010 through 2012 TX has had a total of nine hurricanes and tropical storms plow through the state and we still managed to keep the lights on for longer than CA.

I think things in CA are going to get worse before they get better.

California lawmakers weigh first statewide ban on lead ammo

CA already had a ban on lead ammo in the Candor area, but that didn't work.  So, instead of realizing that just maybe the problem isn't the lead ammo, they are doubling down.  CA Leftists just can't admit that they may be wrong.  Sheer idiocy.
Although hunting with lead bullets already is prohibited in eight counties with endangered California condors, the bill would make the ban statewide. About two dozen states have partial bans, mostly in sensitive wildlife refuges.

The National Rifle Association and other gun advocates strongly oppose banning lead bullets throughout California, saying it is a slippery slope that would lead to gun controls and end hunting in the Golden State.
You don't think that maybe that's the real intent of the ban?
Lead ban proponents have no intention of stopping with a ban on lead ammunition. Humane Society President and CEO Wayne Pacelle has stated, “We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States. We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped in California. Then we will take it state by state.”
So, they really don't care what kind of ammo you use.  They'll come up with whatever excuse they can to stop hunting PERIOD.  You switch to something else, these radical left wing enviro nuts will still come up with lame excuses to get you to stop.

Oh yeah, and we know what CA will do if this new ban doesn't work, right?  They'll go the Federal Government and ask them to ban it nationwide.  Just like they are doing with eggs.

 If you want to read a thorough discuss on the lead ammo from a pro-hunter's view, check this out.

Here is a quote about old lead paint being ingested by condors:
Another noted avian exposure to lead based paint in the environment was discovered at Pinnacles National Monument in California. California condors 317 and 318 (all birds are numbered by the Condor Recovery Program), were observed ingesting lead paint fragments from the North Chalone Fire Lookout Tower. In turn, these parents fed the regurgitated lead paint fragments to their fledgling (550). Condors 317, 318 and 550 were all tested and found to have elevated blood-lead levels, while 550 had to be evacuated to the Los Angeles Zoo for intensive chelation treatment for lead poisoning.

Despite the known health effects from the highly soluble form of compounded lead in paint, lead paint is still used for road base paint on highways throughout the U.S. Because of the superior quality and durability of lead paint, the Department of Transportation uses leaded paints for striping highways. The current lead paint used on highways has been diluted since the passage of the 1978 lead paint ban, nevertheless this soluble lead compound remains in use in our environment. Though lead paint is no longer widely used in the U.S., lead based paint remains prevalent in our environment and continues to poison humans and wildlife

Saturday, April 27, 2013

New California Soda-Tax Bill Under Consideration

Honestly, now.  Do you really think they are doing it for the health of the children?  If you think that, then STAY IN CA.  We don't want you to go anywhere else.
"This bill will combat the obesity crisis and ensure that our children -- and future generations of Californians -- are not doomed to a shorter life expectancy and can instead live longer, healthier lives,'' the bill's author, State Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel), told The Los Angeles Times.

Monning's legislation would add 12 cents to the cost of an average can of soda, while exempting all drinks under 25 calories; a regular Coke, for example, would become a bit more expensive, whereas a Diet Coke would still cost the same.

...

Advocates of the soda tax hope that increasing the cost of sugary beverages to put them on par with healthier, more expensive options will entice more people to make better choices when it comes to quenching their thirsts.
From what I can tell, the ONLY healthy option is water.

When you compare soft drinks to other beverages, including juices, for sugar content, soft drinks are generally no worse than other options.  It's Not About Nutrition website looks at this:
If you are going to give your kids juice for breakfast, you might as well give them Coke (Plus). And if you would never regularly give your kids Coke for breakfast, why in the world would you constantly give them juice?
Here is a snapshot of the table they have on their website:

CalPERS pushes CA away from cheap, clean hydropower

Another great article at CalWatchdog.
Swan explained the reason we are destined to future power system failures is, “[W]e just have to learn things the hard way!” He doesn’t seem to grasp that it is California’s huge pension fund gap that is pressing CalPERS and the state Legislature to rig California’s energy market against both the cheapest and cleanest form of power available, hydropower.

California radio host Warren Duffy asks: Why enforce AB 32 when studies show there is no global warming? The explanation for why California’s environmental and energy policies are so economically and environmentally irrational can be found by “following the money” to CalPERS’ and the state legislature’s rigging of California’s energy market in favor of green investments.
It's bad enough that Statism and Leftists are in and of themselves twisted in their logic and ideology.  But now their ideas are being shoved down the throats of their people.  In Leftist thinking, the people don't count.  You're just a means to an end.

CALIF. BILL WOULD LET NON-CITIZENS SERVE ON JURIES

Un. Buh. Lievable.  The eroding of definition of the American Citizen continues.
The California Assembly passed a bill on Thursday that would make the state the first in the nation to allow non-citizens who are in the country legally to serve on jury duty. Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, said his bill, AB1401, would help California widen the pool of prospective jurors and help integrate immigrants into the community.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

California's Dream to Be the Saudi Arabia of Solar Is Dead

Wow.  This article focuses on solar thermal.
Three years ago California regulators in quick succession approved nine multibillion-dollar solar thermal power plants. They were to be built in the desert and would generate 4,142 megawatts (MW) of carbon-free electricity. The state, it was said, was on its way to becoming the Saudi Arabia of solar.

Not any more. Today, the developers of four of those projects have since gone bankrupt and only three solar thermal power plants are under currently under construction.

In recent weeks, BrightSource Energy put on hold two new solar thermal power plants that would have generated an additional 1,000 MW. (It’s 370 MW Ivanpah project, however, is set to go online this year.) And last week, the builder of what would be the world’s largest solar station at 1,000 MW—at peak output that’s equivalent to a big nuclear power plant—downsized the project to 485 MW.


CA vs. The Suburbs: Planners, Smart Growth, and the Manhattan Delusion

Hey, I love mass transit.  I would love to get rid of one of my cars.  But don't FORCE me to use it.

Video: Disgusted ICE head finally faces down Gang of 8

The guy is treated like a criminal when he attends a press conference.  Outrageous.

Crane recounted to the Judiciary Committee how he was physically escorted out of a Gang of Eight press conference last week and “spoken to with anger and disrespect.”

“Never before have I seen such contempt for law enforcement officers as what I’ve seen from the Gang of Eight,” he said.
Illegal alien parents should never be granted citizenship.  They broke the law by entering America illegally.  To make them citizens is an insult.

Here's the youtube video:

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Top ranking California official issues stern warning to carmakers about zero-emission vehicles

When state bureaucrats can come in and strut their blubber...it's time to leave.

Noting that the zero emissions goals were drafted several years ago, Nichols told the carmakers they are, “shooting yourselves in the foot, or maybe I could say, tripping over your own halo,” in trying to get the requirements reconsidered, as reported by Green Car Reports.
When CA cars are too expensive to own and too underpowered to be used and sales hit the skids, what do you do?

It's called the Black Market.  This is what will happen in CA.

Mexico has about 6 million imported cars on its roads -- vehicles not made to be sold in the Mexican market -- and many are used cars and trucks that are simply driven over the border from the United States and not registered here legally.

Some Mexicans like the non-registered cars because they cost less to buy than legalized cars, which go through a bureaucratic process in which the importer must pay a duty and a sales tax. But Mexico's auto dealers say the illicit trade in "junkers" as they call the mostly U.S. cars is ruining their used-car businesses.

A regulation that might actually reduce California gasoline prices

But....but....Bakken crude is FRACKED!!!!!

That's the Bakken oil field in North Dakota. "And, in a twist," Platts says, "Bakken crude has been given a relatively low carbon intensity rating."

Platts isn't willing to comment on the potential effect on gasoline prices, but it does say Bakken crude is considered clean enough to help the state reach its 2020 standard.

For California drivers, the good news is this: Bakken crude over the last two years has sold for between $4 and $28 a barrel less than the average barrel of U.S. oil sold on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Compared with the price of the foreign crude oil California has imported over the years, the price difference is even greater; Bakker oil has been lower by $14 to $38 a barrel.
The main problem is you have to get it to CA to refine.  Trucking it in is expensive. I have no idea if the pipelines connect.

Moto Guzzi California: Ponch, Your Ride Is Here

I think Italian motorcycles are HOT!
As a brand, Moto Guzzi has a lot going for it, starting with its Lake Como address. This is motorcycle fairyland. The company's early history is the tale of three friends who met in the Italian air corps during World War I and hatched a plan to build motorcycles. The winged-eagle emblem is a tribute to one of the trio who died in a plane crash in 1919. In 1928, Carlo Guzzi rode from the company's headquarters to the Arctic Circle, about 4,000 miles, to demonstrate a new swing-arm rear suspension. To this day, Moto Guzzi makes a sport-touring Norge model in tribute to the excursion.

I'm sort of in agreement with the writer. Motorcycles around town is like playing Russian Roulette.  It's better to take them out on the open road or the back roads.  That's fun.  I used to do that as a teenager.

California minimum-wage bill goes to committee

Two job killers:  Obamacare and higher minimum wages.  Double whammy.

The minimum hourly wage in California is currently $8, but the Democrat’s bill would raise the state’s basic pay to $8.25 in January 2014, and then raise it again every year by $0.50 until 2016. Starting in 2017, increases in the minimum wage would be tied to the California Consumer Price Index.



Monday, April 22, 2013

California Power Facing Biggest Test Since Enron: Energy Markets

And whose fault is this?
Southern California wholesale electricity for July through September already is at the highest level for this season since 2008 on the outlook for a shift to costlier, more volatile fossil fuels. A strain on the grid could lead to power failures reminiscent of the state’s worst energy crisis in 2000 and 2001, when generation shortfalls and market manipulation by traders at companies including Enron Corp. sent prices to record highs and triggered blackouts that affected millions of customers in the most populous U.S. state.
I recently chronicled how CA blew up a natural gas power plant just because it was "an eyesore"! 

Additional to this, the Petroro Generating Station in San Francisco was shutdown in 2011.  I remember watching the video of how happy everyone was. It was sickening.  The Petrero was another natural gas power plant with diesel generators during peak consumption.

Yes, CA.  Whose fault will it be when the guy getting paid $7 per hour gets his electric bill and the entire bill is more than his weekly paycheck?

You made your bed.  Lie in it!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

California’s doldrums continue

Well written article on the business climate in CA.

After laying off 100 Amylin employees shortly after the merger, Bristol-Myers now plans to try to relocate some 100-125 remaining workers to its other facilities in such tax-free meccas as New Jersey, Connecticut, Belgium, and Japan.

Fate, however, will be less kind to the other 300 Amylin personnel, whom Egenolf described as filling “commercial, R&D, manufacturing, corporate staff and administrative roles,” to say nothing of the 266,000 soon-to-be vacant square feet flooding an already depressed commercial real estate market.

U-Haul survey suggests young are moving to Pittsburgh

I'm just guessing, but Pittsburgh could be the first stop to towns that are thriving due to fracking in the Marcellus shale formations.
In the question of moving to Pittsburgh, people are voting with their trucks. A study by U-Haul found more of its trucks were arriving in Pittsburgh than leaving town at a greater percentage than anywhere else in the country.

What that means is that more people were renting U-Hauls to move into Pittsburgh than to move out of town. Pittsburgh's growth rate, according to the U-Haul index, was 9.04 percent.
The headline is a little misleading.  Pittsburgh has the highest growth rate in U-Haul rentals compared to those leaving.

Viewpoints: Should plastic bags be banned in California? Two view points

As usual, the Leftists are all full of frightening statistics and the End-Of-Life-As-We-Know-It.  Don't you guys in CA get a little weary of the constant haranguing from the Left?

So here's the "Yes"

Imagine that you're a sea turtle swimming off the coast of California. You see something that, to your eyes, looks like a jellyfish – a welcome sight, given your hunger. As you open your mouth, you realize, too late, that what you thought was dinner is, in fact, the remnants of a plastic bag. The plastic settles in your stomach, never to digest, telling your body that you're full. Soon, you'll starve and die.
I bet you can feel your trachea constrict as you read this, eh??

Here's the "No"


This is a solution in search of a problem. Statewide and locally, the approach is the same: parrot other ban proposals as if they are gospel; cite a big number (amount of bags used); mention a few emotionally charged anecdotes (a dead sea turtle); and make sweeping, unsubstantiated statements (plastic is killing our oceans). But where is the hard data showing significant harm and that a ban prevents it? A 2008 San Francisco litter study actually showed a slight uptick of plastic bag litter after a ban the previous year. Even so, that city's data showed plastic bags contributed just 0.64 percent of all large litter. Plastic bags make up less than 0.5 percent of all solid waste. 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Chinese firm to build buses in California

Sounds like good news.
The company is Build Your Dreams. The company's first order of business for its U.S. facility is to build 10 electric buses for the city of Long Beach, Calif., the newspaper said.

"It's very significant. I think it's very important that we start replacing the bus fleet with electric buses," Brown said during a visit to the company's headquarters in Shenzhen, China.  

Friday, April 19, 2013

He said: "I was going to be immortal! I was going to be famous!"

This is a true story that happened to me back in the late 90s.  I don't use any names...because I don't remember them.  I still have records of the students, so I might be able to track the person down...

It was the late 90s, I believe.  My memory is a little hazy and most of the details are lost to time.  

I owned a small, yet growing school of music in the Pasadena, TX area.  We had several NASA engineers who sent their kids to our school.

There was one parent, an engineer, who was exceptionally nice (I think he worked for NASA.  I could be wrong).  He was waiting on his daughter at the time.  She was taking piano lessons, I think.  He had several books open and was being very studious.

I was an engineer as well, so we got along and would often chat.  I asked him what the books were for.

"I'm learning about programming in AJAX" or some other programming language like that.  This guy had a very pleasant smile.  He was a quiet man.  He loved his daughter very much.

I asked him if this was a requirement at his job.

"No," he said.  "I've been laid off."  He had frantically put together a curricula so that he would have marketable skills to find other employment (which he did).

I was a little shocked.  I asked what happen.

"Have you heard of SDI?"

I told him I had.  I knew that there had been some cuts to the program for one reason or another. Like I said, this was a while back and I don't remember all the details.

"I wrote the algorithm that guided the path of the missile we would launch to destroy an incoming nuclear warhead."

So he proceeded to tell me about that and what he did.

THIS WAS THE MAN who had done the math on how to destroy incoming missiles with another missle.  And I can't remember his name.

"We were about to start testing.  Everything was set. Then we got the word.  Everything was shut down."

I couldn't help but think what an ignoble end for a man destined for greatness.  This couldn't have happened to a better man.  

"Gary, I was destined to be famous!  This was my shot at immortality!"

At about that time his daughter came out and they left.  

CA, Keep your Craziness in your state: Egg bills set to return to Congress

This is complete and utter nonsense.  Feinstein is a whacked out moron.
Schrader and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., sponsored companion bills in the last Congress requiring egg producers throughout the country to switch to larger cages for hens.

Schrader will reintroduce the Egg Product Inspection Act amendments next week or the week after and Feinstein likely will do the same, said Chris Huckleberry, legislative director for Schrader.

"We want to get them in before mark up on the Farm Bill, which the ag committees are talking about doing before the end of the month," Huckleberry said.

The only reason the senators are doing this is to save CA from its stupidity.  The want to force other states to follow Proposition 2 so their egg farmers won't leave the state.

This is sickening.

UC Berkeley Votes in Favor of BDS

“Tonight is not about corporations,” she said. “It’s about asking ourselves before we go to sleep whether our money is going toward the destruction of homes, toward the erection of a wall. I am a working student. And I don’t want one cent of my money to go toward fueling the occupation of my brothers and sisters.”
The Second Holocaust is slowly beginning.... 

Health Actuaries: Obamacare Rates Will Soar: 80%

Well, there you go, O'Bama voters. There you go.  If this was your plan when you voted for the man, you have succeeded.  What the hell were you thinking? You honestly, honestly thought he was the better candidate?  You guys have so screwed this country, it's not funny.  Thanks for nothing.

The committee was discussing a study published last month by the Society of Actuaries (SOA) predicting that, thanks to sicker patients joining the coverage pool, medical claims per member will rise 32 percent in the individual plans expected to dominate the ACA exchanges next year. In some states costs will rise as much as 80 percent, the report said.
I hope that you will see the folly of your ways and repent of this.  Help repeal O'Bamacare.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

California city tells Calpers it will quit pension fund

I guess it's not a big deal.  The town only has two full time employees.  But this could be the tip of the iceberg.

Calpers confirmed that it had received Canyon Lake's "required signed resolution of intention to terminate" adding other cities and counties have ended their contracts with the fund in the past. No other city or county in California is known to be taking the step to currently quit the plan.

"The problem here is the uncertainty for Calpers, and that is how many cities might opt out," said Michael Sweet, a bankruptcy attorney with Fox Rothschild in San Francisco.

Chevron Defies California On Carbon Emissions

The technology is sound to convert wood to fuel.  It's just expensive.
“We remain interested in the solvent liquefaction technology but, like other biofuels production technologies, it is early in its development, and we’re still learning about it,” Crinklaw said in an e-mailed statement. “Unfortunately, the technology hasn’t advanced as quickly as we hoped.”

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Failed Emissions Trading Reform: 'The End of a European Climate Policy'

And why is this happening?  The German economy is in recession.  No one wants to build.  And when you decide not to build, who is going to buy your carbon credits?  CA, this is your future.
Matthes: Europe's Emissions Trading System is very generous in recognizing emissions reduction certificates from projects in China and other places as equal measures. So 1.5 billion certificates have flooded into the system, which you can see in today's current prices of just a few cents. There's no real emissions reduction there. We in Europe always assumed that the price could never realistically fall below €10. Now there are certificates for 30 cents and less. All together that means that there's a surplus of 2 billion certificates in the system. That just about corresponds to the annual CO2 emission of all regulated facilities. The tightening (of certificates) would have been a signal to the markets and the world that an effective emissions trading system will be in place beyond 2020, and it would have built the decisive framework for a long-term climate policy. The European Parliament has squandered this chance.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

California Democrat's Bill Creates Nickel-A-Bullet Tax

Why is this CA's anwer to EVERYTHING?  Tax it.
The bill, from Assembly Democrat Roger Dickinson, would raise an estimated $50 million. AB 760 is one of several measures introduced this year that increase regulation on ammunition purchases. Other bills would require either ammunition sellers or buyers to acquire state permits and screen purchasers through a background check system.

Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

More O'Bama disdain of the British.  And when we really, really need them....they will walk away.  O'Bama is a twisted man.  His world view is hallucingenic, Socialistic.  He walks along a long thin string lying in the sand which demarcs the difference between Capitalism and Socialism. He nudges it little each time to the Socialist side to rehape the US into the Socialist Paradise that his hero Karl Marx would be proud of.

"Friends and allies of Baroness Thatcher expressed 'surprise and disappointment' last night as it emerged President Obama is not planning to send any serving member of his administration to her funeral," reports the Daily Mail.

The Sun called it a "snub," and said that "Downing Street is most angered by rejections from Obama, First Lady Michelle and Vice-President Joe Biden. And none of the four surviving ex-US leaders -- Jimmy Carter, George Bush Sr, Bill Clinton and George Bush Jr. -- is coming either."

Baker served as secretary of state for the first President Bush, and Shultz led the State Department for President Ronald Reagan.

In a statement last week on Thatcher's death, Obama said "the world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty, and America has lost a true friend...
 You bet we have.  We've lost the British Empire, thank you, O'Bama.  Waytago there, pal!



InFocus: Judicial Branch Budget Crisis

What's the difference between having all the laws in the world...but no justice system to enforce them?  There is none!  So who enforces them, then?  I imagine a Police State would do that.  But not all of them.   Most likely only the ones that require the passivation of the common folk.

This website is a blog that covers the ongoing Judicial Crisis in CA.  Looks like set up by the Judicial system.

Courts Closing
114 courtrooms and 22 courthouses have been shuttered, with plans for even more closures to come. A statewide reduction of more than 2,000 staff has lead to unprecedented service cutbacks affecting the court users most in need. 




Monday, April 15, 2013

Rupert Murdoch's speech to the IPA

Highlighted on Drudge.   Murdoch labels Socialism as immoral.
"Yes, the morality of free markets.  Outside your typical western university most people these days do not question the free market superiority when it comes to performance.  Even the so-called Communists in China have come around to the view that Adam Smith is a more reliable guide for the nation than KArl Marx and Chairman Mao."
The Christian community has been saying this for decades.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

California pension fund to divest from gunmakers

I've mentioned this before how completely disingenuous this announcement is.  The stocks have peaked and it is now so convenient to say to everyone that "we're standing on principle!!" when in reality they are not.  this is the biggest pile of BS I've ever heard in my life.
Lockyer also sits on the board of the California Public Employees' Retirement System, the biggest U.S. public pension fund. Its investment committee voted in February to divest holdings in Sturm Ruger and Smith & Wesson in a move affecting about $5 million in investments.
Here are 5 year snapshots of Ruger and  Smith & Wesson:

California needs to bolster regulation of fracking, report says

YAD (Yet Another Doh!).  Of course!!  Another WDITOT (Why didn't I think of that!).  Regulate the hell out of fracking.  That will certainly fix things!  Even if they weren't even broken.  Yep.  I think we can all sit back smug in our thoughts that we are in the running to "fix" things in CA!!
California needs to strengthen regulation of hydraulic fracturing, according to a UC Berkeley Law School report that identified a number of shortcomings in state oversight of the controversial practice.

Although not new to California, fracking has come under increasing scrutiny recently as states such as Pennsylvania and New York experience a boom in the technique, which involves the high-pressure injection of chemical-laced fluids into the ground to crack rock formations and extract oil and gas. Environmental concerns center on potential groundwater contamination from fracking fluids and disposal of saline wastewater.
Yeah, that's it. Get the LAWYERS to look at it since they are so technically oriented!

Environmentalist Tom Steyer calls for new oil tax in California

Doh!  Of course!  Why didn't I think of that!  A new tax!  That will certainly solve all of CA's problems.
Tom Steyer, the San Francisco billionaire who recently left his job as a hedge fund firm to focus on political and environmental activism, called the oil severance tax the one area of energy policy where California lags other states in the nation in a speech at the California Democratic Party convention Saturday.

"This isn't just a question of our taking a fair share from huge, hugely profitable oil companies," Steyer told delegates. "This is about doing the simple task - the walk and chew gum of government - to showing us that we can do the right thing for the citizens of California in opposition of some very, very big companies."
There's that word "fair share".  Well, we all know where that will lead don't we?  I think the term "fair" has been perverted.


Ex-Marine arrested in alleged hate crime in attack outside California gay bar

I hate the idea behind "hate crimes" because today's like will be tomorrow's hate.  But the idea behind the charge of assault is pretty clear cut and is less likely to change much over the years, if at all.
"Following a verbal exchange with one of two alleged victims, O’Leary allegedly turned and began punching the first alleged victim as he continued to shout anti-gay slurs. The victim, who suffered a concussion and a fractured hip during the altercation, was knocked unconscious," the statement said. "As others joined in to break up the fight, O’Leary allegedly began punching and choking a second male victim before police arrived

California court: Motorist can’t use hand-held map

I'm not sure I know the difference between a paper map and an iPhone Google map.
Spriggs, who graduated from law school but is not a practicing attorney, represented himself before the commissioner and then the appeals panel. He initially brought a paper map to court to argue that it was legal to hold it while driving. Not persuaded, the traffic court commissioner found him guilty.

Next, he appealed to the three-judge panel of Fresno Superior Court, arguing in a legal brief that the iPhone has a flashlight feature and other functions that can be useful to a driver and aren’t as dangerous as texting or talking. That hearing last all of 30 seconds because no one from the CHP or district attorney’s office appeared to oppose the appeal by Spriggs.

He still lost.
You have to wonder where this is headed.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

L.A. County Cites 16 ‘Maternity Hotels’ Serving Asian Visitors

Gateway Pundit carrying this article:
Following a flurry of complaints, Los Angeles County inspectors have cited 16 “maternity hotel” owners for illegally operating boardinghouses in residential zones.

No major health or safety issues were found at the hotels, where women from Asia stay to give birth to U.S. citizen babies. But some of the facilities, which were in Rowland Heights or Hacienda Heights, were cited for building and fire code violations, according to a report released Thursday.
I just cannot believe this is legal.

Friday, April 12, 2013

California decides chemical BPA is toxic

Thanks for nothing CA.
California on Thursday became the latest state to place restrictions on the chemical known as Bisphenol-A and declare it a reproductive toxicant.

California biofuel company considers move to Colorado

The drive to push businesses out of CA continue unabated. But announcing you "may" move is not smart.  Now they will be hounded and persecuted by CA bureaucrats.
Cool Planet Energy Systems, a California biofuel company, may relocate its headquarters to the Denver area and open a manufacturing plant here — and that could create as many as 393 new jobs within three years.

California bill to nullify NDAA unanimously passes committee

It took a Republican to do this.


The legislation is designed to free California from having to comply with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012, which does nothing to prevent the potential seizure and indefinite detention of U.S. citizens. The California bill declares such federal power unconstitutional, and mandates the state and its localities refuse adhering to or assisting with federal implementation.

China pollution may hold silver lining for California

If he had said this in the US everyone would laugh at him and then run the other way.  Not interested in politics?   Is that a joke?  CA is about nothing but destroying business.
"We're from California," the governor said, addressing the dozens of delegates at a lavish dinner Tuesday in a restaurant that 400 years ago served as a palace for a Qing Dynasty prince. "We're not interested in politics. We're interested in business."

On Wednesday, he held a private meeting with Environmental Protection Minister Zhou Shengxian. They signed a nonbinding agreement "to enhance cooperation on reducing air pollution," the first such accord between China's government and a U.S. state and one of several Brown is scheduled to secure while here.

Under the pact, California will help China set up institutions to regulate air quality, similar to those the state has established, and the two nations will engage in research projects "of mutual interest."

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Fresno to get nearly 500 call center jobs for health benefit exchange

Government jobs.
"Fresno is a great location for one of our service centers because its diverse workforce mirrors the diversity of the state we need to serve," said Peter V. Lee, executive director of Covered California. Call center representatives will speak English, Spanish and other languages to field calls from the public about health coverage options available under federal law starting in 2014.

CALIFORNIA BILL COULD SHUT DOWN SMALL RESTAURANTS

And CA self destruction continues unabated.
As California politics watchdog Stephen Frank points out, "Pass this and hundreds of thousands of Californians are out of work on Day One--and tens of thousands of Californians have lost their investments and businesses."

But there are other, perhaps unintended, consequences in the offing here. This law would benefit large, multi-million dollar national chain restaurants in as much as it would eliminate their competition at a local level. Mom and Pop restaurants, small local chains, and one-location restaurants could never afford to have expensive tests done for every food item they sell. The big chains, however, have a whole country of locations and customers upon which to spread the costs of this "risk assessment."
The really scary part of all this?   CA could actually pass the law.

We are a ghost of our former selves.  We are the shadow that slowly blends then disappears as the sun sets and darkness surrounds us....

Toward Religious persecution in the USA

The military has been in the forefront of many cultural changes.  But this is not because it was organic (bottom up).  But because it was decreed from the top down.  This has been good for the military.  For instance, integration of the military started early on. Smoking now is considered a no-no.  Now the military is pro-gay.

And this is an important distinction.  Not just open to gays, but PRO-GAY. And the group that suffers because of this?  Anyone who disagrees.  And it isn't just a case of, well, we will agree to disagree.  But true to form, those that disagree have become the ENEMY.

And what group is more likely to disagree?  Most likely Christians, in general.  But I think most Christians would agree with me that even though they have a personal belief that homosexuality is wrong, it doesn't mean we can't love them, be friends with them and deal with them as we would deal with any other fellow sinner in this world.  There is nothing in Christian doctrine that says we can't dine with them, enjoy their company or anything.  In fact, we are given the example of Christ to be our guidepost on this.

But we're talking about the military here.  And it was quite clear to me that there would be a clash of ideas - and I'm not even talking about whether or not gays should or should not be allowed in the military.  At the time I just couldn't figure out how to verbalize what I just said.  But clash is a good word to use here.  But this isn't just any clash.  This is one where the military has now SOUGHT OUT the clash.

Which brings us to where we are.
There have been several incidents that hint at a disturbing policy change within the Pentagon. They include a war games scenario in which evangelical Christian groups were identified as threats, the 2009 Homeland Security memo that warned evangelicals and veterans may be threats to national security, a West Point study linking pro-life advocates to terrorism (while omitting eco-terrorists), and many others. The length of LTC Rich’s 14-page email suggests that it represents a significant service-wide policy. Why would an officer draft such an extensive document, if he did not believe that it represented the Army’s views and would help him earn promotion? If Rich does not share the view that mainstream Christian groups are extremists, then he should have adhered to the Army’s sixth core value, integrity, and its seventh core value, personal courage, and resisted broadcasting that view to his subordinates.

Next stop: Permitted and State sanctioned bigotry.  After that, outright exclusion.  After that, violence.  Finally, persecution.

California lawmakers threaten to strip Scouts of tax exemption

This is about as close to persecuting Christians as you can get.  Of course, not all Scouts are Christians, but the Spirit of the BSOA falls in line with many of the tenants.
Some California lawmakers seeking to pressure the Boy Scouts of America to abandon its ban on openly gay members are taking a novel approach: They are threatening to strip the organization of its state tax exemption.

As Jerry Brown Touts California In China, Its Citizens Pack Their Bag

There's not a lot of new stuff here.  But this is Forbes, so it deserves the space.
Even while Governor Brown brags of a balanced budget, he ignores the off-budget pension fund deficit which threatens loss of government services and closure of parks and libraries, prompts municipal bankruptcies, and keeps the state deeply in debt. As former legislator Joe Nation puts it, we’ve only seen “the tip of the iceberg” on this problem.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

"California Woman Sues..." Roundup

I don't know what it is about women in CA and their propensity to sue.  Last time I did this, they were suing Nutella, Taco Bell, Verizon.  The list goes on.  Some of these stories are just plain nutty.   Some are really horrible and my heart goes out to them.

But, I have to say, there were a lot of CA men suing, too!!  Last time I reported on the women, there weren't nearly the same number of articles on men suing.

Mom’s $5 Million Lawsuit Targets ‘Toxic’ Frozen Pizzas Sold Locally
Katie Simpson bought frozen pizzas about five times in the past year, including a California Pizza Kitchen Personal Pizza Barbeque Chicken and the same maker’s Crispy Thin Crust Pizza Signature Pepperoni.

But when she learned they contained trans fat—an ingredient linked to heart disease, diabetes and cancer—she felt as if she were sold poison.

That’s the argument being made in a $5 million federal class-action lawsuit that claims Nestle—makers of DiGiorno, Stouffer’s and California Pizza Kitchen frozen pizzas —is “placing profits over public health” by failing to remove trans fat.
Woman sues San Diego Christian College, claims she was fired for having premarital sex 
"I feel like what San Diego Christian College did to me was hurtful and un-Christ like. I was unmarried, pregnant and they took away my livelihood," said James, who is six months pregnant.

James' lawsuit against the school alleges "discrimination on account of gender, pregnancy and marital status."
Transgender Woman Sues California Baptist University For Expulsion 
The Superior Court suit seeks $500,000 damages.

Javier says she was expelled in August 2011 after her MTV appearance.

Monday’s lawsuit says she was expelled because she is transgender.

Javier put female on her college application. She says she has identified as female since she was a toddler.
Denise Barton Claims Santa Monica Parking Meters Made Her Sick In Lawsuit (This one is pretty old. But I missed it last time)
A woman says Santa Monica's new parking meters are ruining her health because of the wireless signal they emit and she wants $1.7 billion to make up for it.

Denise Barton is suing the city for the steep amount, because she says she's been felled by ear infections, ringing in her ears and neck pain since April, according to the Santa Monica Daily Press.
Woman Sues Match.Com After Date Attacks Her 
Mary Kay Beckman, 50, claims in a lawsuit filed earlier this month that she joined the website looking for a "healthy loving relationship," but instead was nearly killed.

Beckman says she went on a few dates in October 2011 with Wade Ridley, but after ending the relationship came home one day to find him in her garage with a knife.
South Bay woman sues doctors after post-surgery infection leads to loss of arms, legs (Man, this is horrible!!)
A South Bay woman who lost her arms and legs to a massive infection following a hysterectomy at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance filed a malpractice lawsuit Tuesday against the hospital and eight doctors.

Annette Ramirez, 48, a wife and mother of a 6-year-old girl and 13-year-old boy, remains hospitalized following numerous surgeries to repair the damage since the Aug. 1 operation, said her attorney, Bruce Fagel, who also practiced medicine.
 Woman Who Alleged Rough Arrest Sues LAPD
Michelle Jordan was roughed up on Aug. 21 in Tujunga when she was pulled over for talking on her cell phone while driving, police said. While she was handcuffed, officers sat her down before one of the officers threw her head-first to the ground.

Surveillance video -- revealed first on NBC4 -- along with photos of her injuries, sparked outrage over the arrest. The officers' supervisor was later demoted.
 California Woman Sues Walgreen’s Over Vitamin E Supplements
Walgreen’s is being sued over the claims on the supplement’s label by Andrea Trujillo of Bakersfield, California, who says clinical studies show Vitamin E supplements do not work as advertised by Walgreen’s. Last Friday, a complaint was filed on Ms. Trujillo’s behalf in a Chicago, Illinois, federal court. The suit claims the product “did not work” period, even when used as directed.
Woman sues hospital for wrongful termination over cancer leave
The woman began working for the hospital, located in Virginia, in 2006. In 2008, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and took leave for a mastectomy and chemotherapy. She says she was demoted after returning to work. She took leave again in 2009 for a second mastectomy. The day before she was due back to work, her supervisor called and fired her, saying she had not completed the necessary paperwork to take leave and had run out of sick days.
Woman Sues OWN Alleging Pregnancy Discrimination
A California woman is accusing OWN of discriminating against her when she became pregnant — reducing her responsibilities and eventually laying her off after she took a medical leave.
 California Woman Sues Bayer After Suffering Yaz Stroke
A woman who suffered a stroke after using the contraceptive Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella filed a lawsuit against Bayer on December 12, 2012 in the Superior Court in San Diego County. The plaintiff, Brenda Depperschmidt, claims to suffer injuries to this day, and alleges that Bayer willfully concealed evidence of Yaz side effects.
Woman Hurt in Collision with Groomer Sues Mammoth Mountain, Kassbohrer 
In the March 25, 2011 incident, Willhide-Michiulis, then 43, was snowboarding on the intermediate Mambo run at Mammoth when she says that the groomer operator made an abrupt turn in front of her, causing the collision in which the Plaintiff became entangled in the snowcat’s tiller apparatus behind the machine. Her leg was partially amputated above the knee at a hospital in Reno, Nev., and her other leg sustained a fractured femur and tibia. The plaintiffs contend that she also suffered a brain injury and will require lifetime care.
 Southland Woman Sues Catholic Church over Sex Abuse
A Southland woman who sued the Roman Catholic Church 1984, saying she was sexually abused by seven priests, including one who impregnated her, plans to return to the limelight today to discuss the abdication of the pope and the propriety of having Cardinal Roger Mahony help elect the next one.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Likely tsunami debris washes up on South Beach

Back in my old blog I followed this stuff.  Looks like crap is finally making its way to CA.
After local law enforcement towed the vessel off the beach, a team from Humboldt State University's Redwood Coast Tsunami Work Group, an interagency group that works to reduce earthquake and tsunami hazards, came to Crescent City to record the Japanese writing on the side of the boat.

California Governor Clears Way for Carbon Market Link to Quebec

This is why you don't want to make a law for everything.  The flywheel of government once it is put into motion will. not. stop. Even in the face of how stupid it is.


California’s air board, which developed a carbon-trading system after U.S. legislators failed to agree on a federal plan, has hailed the program as a blueprint for the rest of the world to follow. The link to Quebec, the first region that California has proposed to partner with, lays the groundwork for a broader system that other governments may join.

“We are pleased with the Governor’s findings and will continue to work on all necessary additional steps to ensure California’s efforts to link with Quebec are successful,” Stanley Young, a spokesman for the air board in Sacramento, said by e-mail today.

Judge rules administration overlooked fracking risks in California mineral leases

Here we go.  The Lawsuit-go-round.  True to form, CA will KILL their last chance to balance their budget.  This was a no-brainer.
federal judge has ruled the Obama administration broke the law when it issued oil leases in central California without fully weighing the environmental impact of "fracking," a setback for companies seeking to exploit the region's enormous energy resources.

The decision, made public on Monday, effectively bars for the time being any drilling on two tracts of land comprising 2,500 acres leased for oil and gas development in 2011 by the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management in Monterey County.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Thatcher's Last Stand Against Socialism

Got this youtube video via Gateway Pundit.



There was no "malaise" then.

U.S. Passes Saudis In Oil Output, No Thanks To White House

This is absolutely amazing.
In spite of the Obama Administration's hostility to carbon-rich energy, private actors with private capital deployed on private (and state) land have launched a game-changing revolution in domestic oil and natural gas production.

A scarcely reported milestone conveys the magnitude of this turnaround in the global energy landscape. The U.S. passed Saudi Arabia as the world's largest petroleum producer in November 2012, according to recently released data of the federal Energy Information Administration.
This is a remarkable article.

What Progressives Can Learn From Their California Failures

There are no lessons that Progressives will learn from.  They will look at this and say "We need more laws, more money and more control".
Fine, let's set aside the question of who is more at fault. Here is a weaker claim. Democratic rule in California has included serious sins of omission and commission by the progressive-liberal coalition that has more often than not been in charge, and the left would do well to learn from those mistakes so that it can govern better, instead of pretending, like Krugman, that they don't exist, and that everything would function smoothly if only they were able to raise state taxes.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

U.S. board faults California safety regulations in Chevron blaze

So, in other words the Feds are saying that CA'ians will end up paying more for gasoline for longer by doing this:
"The California process safety regulatory system lacked sufficient well-trained, technically competent staff and also lacked more rigorous regulatory requirements to require Chevron to reduce safety risk," said the U.S. Chemical Safety Board's lead investigator Dan Tillema at a public hearing in Richmond on Friday.

CSB Western Regional Director Don Holmstrom called upon California to change its regulatory system to one called "safety case" in which high-hazard industrial plants such as crude oil refineries would not be allowed to begin operating until they have proven they have reduced all safety risks to as low as reasonably practicable.
Wow.  CA regs aren't strong enough.  Now I've heard everything. And you guys aren't getting your money's worth in bureaucrats?  Really?

Lessons Of California Bankruptcies

I think we are headed in this direction on every front.

This state and our nation should learn a lesson from the bankruptcies that now plague California. Defined-benefit pension plans should be erased from our financial landscape and replaced by fully funded 401(k) plans controlled by the worker himself and not some fund manager making friends with "the rich folk."

Workers do not need union bosses, corporate executives or state fund managers giving promises for their old-age retirement. To paraphrase Tom Cruise, "Show them the money!"

Reform of California's landmark environmental law is on life support

This is one of the reasons CA will never be able to move forward.
In 2009, Moe tried to add three gas pumps and got the blessing of the city's planning commission after studies showed no significant environmental impacts.

But a competing gas station across 33rd Street, Andy's BP, filed a lawsuit under CEQA claiming that a full study of traffic impacts was necessary.

An environmental impact report in September 2011 concluded that the traffic impact was insignificant, and the City Council approved the project. But Andy's ownersimply filed a new lawsuit, which is still pending.

The owner of Moe's Stop estimates that the overall cost of the project delay was at least $500,000 in attorneys' fees, the cost of the EIR and lost business when the gas station had to close for eight months awaiting litigation.

With California's job picture still bleak, the argument that CEQA is preventing businesses from creating jobs is resonating more these days.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

As cities lay off police, frustrated neighborhoods turn to private cops

And you know the really important lesson here?  The people will be surprised how much they like it better than the public police force.

De Guzman said the uptick in interest in hiring his firm has been recent, likely due to the recession and the layoffs of police in Oakland and other cities. And where his officers are patrolling, de Guzman says crime has dropped and thieves are looking for other districts to loot.

Several studies have shown that private security is effective in fighting crime. For example, a 2011 study by professors from Duke University and University of Pennsylvania found that private security was responsible for an 11 percent drop in crime in business areas of Los Angeles where they had been deployed.

Official U-Haul Index

I am going to establish a real U-Haul Index.  It will simply be a ratio of hauling stuff from California to San Antonio, Tx to the cost of hauling it the other way.

But I'm going to have the stuff hauled not only from San Francisco, but from Fresno, CA.  Why? Because the unemployment in Fresno is really, really bad.  This may or nay not be a good indicator.  It may mean that at some point the last low income worker has managed to leave without the proverbial door hitting him in the rear end.

I will use the basis of a small family of one to two children sharing a bedroom with the parents in the other.  It will be based on living in an apartment.

So, as of April 6, here are the numbers and the ratios:

SF to SA: SA to SF 1.732

Fresno to SA : SA to Fresno: 3.302

This is astounding.  The poor and unemployed are desperately trying to get out of Fresno.

I am keeping a spreadsheet on the whole thing, so if anyone wants a copy of it I am more than happy to supply it.

I'll update the file on a monthly basis.

Company brings jobs to Nevada

Very short article on King of the West Entertainment moving to Reno, NV.
KWS plans on hiring 70 people within year one and expects to grow in staff numbers for five consecutive years.

The company has invested more than $700,000 to go through with the move.

Honda to move North American leadership to Ohio

About 50 people.

Honda is moving its North American leadership from California to a major factory campus in Ohio.

The Japanese automaker said Friday that about 50 leadership and support jobs will move to Marysville, Ohio, near Columbus. But the company says its American headquarters and about 2,500 workers will remain in Torrance, Calif., near Los Angeles.
The operative phrase in this article is "North American leadership".  These would the the very highly compensated employees.  It's obvious why they are being moved out.  They're getting tired of being taxed to death.

STARTUP CEO: Here's Why I'm Moving My Company From A State With Low Taxes To California

We call this: The exception, not the rule.
"We have to find experienced roboticists, and that really only exists in a few places in the world, and California is one of them."

The California advantage is not limited to robots. Many startups crave the engineering talent pool coming out of places like Stanford, he said.

And for tech, the Valley is still where the money is.

"I know lots of other tech companies that end up moving to the Bay Area, I think in a lot of cases though it has to do with needing investment. We're backed by a lot of really strong investors, and then finding proximity to a research center...We're building robots, not building an e-commerce store."

Friday, April 5, 2013

Fisker to cut three-fourths of its work force

Looks like that green thing isn't working out too good.
The Anaheim, Calif.-based company confirmed the layoffs in a statement on Friday, saying it is pursuing "strategic alternatives" to get through financial challenges, but it reached a point where the layoffs are necessary.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

PHOTOS: World's largest boring machine arrives in Seattle

I think these machines are absolutely amazing.  I found a video of the thng arriving.




Here's a youtube video that talks about it some more:

Krugman’s California Dreaming

VDH hits it out of the park on this one.  I think Krugman lives in an alternate universe.
Millions of us will stay, but thousands of Californians who have enriched the state may not. Sadly, the California legislature operates on the principle that the climate, hip culture, and beautiful panoramas of California will always keep enough high-earners from leaving, and that Napa Valley, Silicon Valley, Central Valley agriculture, the gas-and-oil industry, our great research universities, and Hollywood will continue to thrive, even with the high taxes, ever more regulations, the failed public-school system, soaring outlays in social services, and problems from years of massive illegal immigration. It is as if the current generation of politicians can extract a premium for something that they did not create, but have done their best to destroy.

What a retrograde assumption.

I just read the first couple of paragraphs of Krugman's piece.  What a foolish, foolish man.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

leavingcalifornia.ning.com

A new website!  This one is keeping track of all the companies leaving CA and comments from their owners.
This youtube video is from there site:

CA TO VOTE FOR MORE MERCURY POLLUTION: TRYING FOR STATE WIDE PLASTIC BAG BAN

Yes, you heard that right. I've talked about this at least once, maybe twice.  and I'll say it again:

IMPORTED PLASTIC BAGS CAUSE MERCURY POLLUTION.

Yes. you blithering CA idiots.  When you ban AMERICAN MADE PE grocery bags and FORCE everyone to buy CHINESE MADE woven bags you are ensuring that more mercury pollution lands in the good ol' USofA.
"We're all breathing each other's air," says Daniel J. Jacob, a Harvard professor of atmospheric chemistry and one of the chief researchers in a recent multinational study of transcontinental air pollution. He traced a plume of dirty air from Asia to a point over New England, where samples revealed that chemicals in it had come from China.
So I ask: Why would you do this?

Monday, April 1, 2013

Give It a Rest… Junk Scientists Now Claim Global Warming Causes Thicker Ice

A theory that explains everything explains nothing.
These loons really need to stop…
Junk scientists now claim global warming is causing thicker ice in Antarctica.
The BBC reported:
Climate change is expanding Antarctica’s sea ice, according to a scientific study in the journal Nature Geoscience.
The paradoxical phenomenon is thought to be caused by relatively cold plumes of fresh water derived from melting beneath the Antarctic ice shelves.
This all goes back to a theory being falsifiable:
When both warmer winters and colder winters prove the same thing and when the theory is regarded as "settled science" just as much when its predictions are refuted as when they are confirmed, then you know we are not dealing with real science.

The difference between real, hard science and non-science is that real science consists of theories and laws that can be empirically verified. Here is how: a truly scientific assertion generates predictions which can be compared to actual data collected after the prediction and which can be used to confirm or falsify the prediction.

The Global Warming Alarmists claim that AGW (anthopogenic global warming) is scientifically "proven." But the predictions made on the basis of the theory have not come true, so in an a version of the old shell game the shift is being made from "Global Warming" to "Climate Change," which is, when you think carefully about it, not falsifiable. As long as the climate changes, "Climate Change" is proven. How can that not happen? Global Warming has been dropped like a hot potato because it is too precise and can be refuted by facts, so "Climate Change" suits the purpose much better.  

Court says city of Stockton, California may proceed with bankruptcy

It's official.
Bob Deis, the Stockton city manager who is largely responsible for managing the bankruptcy process, called the judge's verdict a "vindication" of the city's position.

He criticized the "scorched-earth" legal strategy of the bond creditors as a waste of time and money, and said the city had already spent $6 million to $7 million on the mediation and legal costs.

Assured Guaranty Ltd, one of the bond insurers, said in a statement that it "disagrees" with the judge's ruling but that it looked forward to working with the city on a "consensual approach" to resolving its debts. A company spokesman also said that it had tried to negotiate with the city prior to bankruptcy, but without success.

Rest of nation must finally attain California standards for gas

Aren’t you glad you live in California, the standard-setting state on so many issues? Automakers and gasoline-producers have complained loud and long about California’s high standards. Now they should be glad this state gave them a head start on how to make cleaner gas.
Sorry CA'ians, pretty soon there will be no escape for you!  What a pathetic, short sighted comment.   She says this like it's a good thing.

Editorial: California must vet various operating models for its struggling state parks Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/03/31/5303450/editorial-california-must-vet.html#storylink=cpy

How screwed up is this?

Hearst Castle actually fits today's much-touted "enterprise model" – not the "free public good" model. It draws 650,000 visitors a year and takes in $11 million a year in tours, concession operations and licensing agreements. It costs $10 million a year to operate.

The extra revenue goes to fund other units in the state park system, not to Hearst Castle to cover infrastructure and art conservation costs, so deferred maintenance costs are increasing. Hearst Castle recently got $10 million in state bond funds to repair the roof and pool. But if Hearst Castle, and other park units, could keep some of their revenues, they would be able to spread more of their infrastructure costs over many years. That is worth exploring.
I have an even better solution:  Get rid of publicly funded parks.

Thousands of California teachers receive layoff notices

Here we go again.  In the end not nearly the same number will actually be laid off.  What a waste of time and money...and STRESS.

What's really astonishing is the fact that this article is from the World Socialist Website.  If this is how Socialist really think, I may join them!
The official teachers unions in California are feigning surprise at the further cuts in education that they helped to facilitate. “For school districts now to be issuing layoff notices really violates the spirit in which Proposition 30 was promoted to the voters,” Joshua Pechthalt, the California Federation of Teachers president, told Abc7news.com.

In reality, the official teachers unions across the entire country are working tirelessly to help the Obama administration decimate public education. The teachers unions universally accept the premise that cuts are necessary, and their chief function is to help contain workers’ opposition in return for dues revenues, which are then funneled into the Democratic Party.
Boy, if these guys hate O'Bama, they must be to the far-extreme-totally-not-even-close to the left!

Former school chancellor disputes California's education system

They say this like it's a bad thing!

Teachers unions and other critics say the group, which spent $250,000 to boost three candidates for the Los Angeles Board of Education in the March 5 election, promotes unproven policy proposals with cash from sources whose main goal is crushing organized labor. Among StudentsFirst’s major donors is the Walton Family Foundation, funded by heirs to the fortune generated by Wal-Mart, which has vigorously opposed unions.

“StudentsFirst,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, “has found a way to be the education flank of a broader anti-union movement.”

Broke California Unveils Fish-Saving Boondoggle

Good article on the huge underground ducts for channeling the water.

Instead of letting a small group of bureaucrats impose this costly habitat plan, the state should look at less-expensive alternatives: privately funded seawater desalination, better water recycling, the development of markets and a more local focus on fixing levees. (Most of the state’s water simply flows into San Francisco Bay, so some argue that dams in the northern Sacramento Valley to provide additional storage would be a better use of funds -- that is another debate.)
Maybe they should just wait until they actually have money!

Anaheim General Hospital closing after years of financial, legal troubles

I wonder if this will happen to other financially troubled hospitals.  Obamacare pushing hospitals over the brink.


In a statement, Pacific Health said, "The new management team at Pacific Health Corporation has taken the difficult decision to suspend services at Anaheim General Hospital as we work to resolve the legacy issues facing our company in this especially challenging economic climate for all healthcare providers. It is our intention to resume services at Anaheim General at some time in the future."