Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Dan Walters: Economist questions California's energy conservation claims

You just can't trust what governments tell you.
Levinson doesn't question that California's per-capita power use has remained flat, but he concludes that the state's energy conservation rules governing appliances and building construction had relatively little to do with it.

Nearly all of the syndrome, he says, can be attributed to other factors, such as the state's relatively mild climate, the growth of population in Western and Southern states with hot summers and rising energy demands, and the expansion of household size in California.

"Together," Levinson writes, "these trends account for around 90 percent of California's apparent residential electricity savings, thus providing no lessons for other states or countries considering adopting or tightening their energy efficiency standards."

Salter Labs moving all factory operations to Juárez

Well, no one in the US wins with this move.
It's closing its Arvin, Calif., factory in September and laying off 87 people, she said. It will hire 70-80 people in Juárez in the next three to five months, she said. The Juárez factory now employs 820 people, she said.

"We have a state-of-the-art plant there, and room to add volume. It makes sense strategically and economically to have all manufacturing there," Repelin said. The company's headquarters will remain in Arvin, located just outside Bakersfield, Calif.

Another California co. heading to Texas

From the Austin Business Journal:
The contract involves Radiation Detection Co. creating 50 full- and part-time jobs by the end of 2016 with average hourly pay starting at $12, according to the Community Impact Newspaper.

Radiation Detection, currently based in Gilroy, Calif., manufactures equipment for radiation detection, mostly for medical companies. President Barrie Laing expects about 28 current employees to make the move to Texas.

Marley Coffee moving to Denver from California

Well, this isn't good news.  Today's small companies are tomorrow's big employers.

"It's always been my vision to bring all our people together and Denver was on the top of our list. It's centrally located and the sustainable vibe of the city resonates with what we're trying to achieve," he said in a news release.

The company said that with the move, it will consolidate its sales, design and marketing teams. The company also said it is adding up to 12 new employees in sales, marketing, design, business development and human resources.

Man, read down farther.  The company is in pretty bad shape.

Boeing moving more engineering work to California

This is good news...
Condelles said the new move involves a separate group of engineers who work on modifications such as aircraft performance upgrades or interior refinishing, as well as passenger jet-to-freighter conversions.

Delaney, in his May message, said that, “We expect the Southern California and South Carolina design centers to grow over time,” and that, “We are presently studying other potential work packages” for those centers.
Since I'm from SC state, I'll follow stuff there as well.

Richmond Threatens Eminent Domain To Address Foreclosure Crisis

Unbelievable stupidity.
Richmond has partnered with San Francisco-based Mortgage Resolution Partners on the plan. Letters have been sent to 32 servicers and trustees who hold the underwater loans. If they refuse the city’s offer, officials will condemn and seize the mortgages, then help homeowners to refinance.
We have the Supreme Court to thank for stupid ways that cities, counties and states can come up with to declare emminent domain on a "blighted" area.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Hispanic win: ‘California can be Republican again’

Could it be?  Has the bottom in CA finally been reached?  From the Washington Times:
Fresno cherry farmer and cattle rancher Andy Vidak, who is fluent in Spanish, said he captured the state Senate seat in last week’s closely watched runoff vote by connecting with Hispanic voters with a “common-sense” approach that focused on job creation, affordable energy and opposition to big government. He even cooked menudo, a cow-stomach soup and a Mexican favorite, at a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce event at the Bakersfield fairgrounds where 10,000 Hispanics turned out.

He got a big assist from other GOP officeholders and hundreds of Spanish-speaking Republican volunteers going door to door, making pitches in Spanish where necessary in the 60 percent Hispanic district. Mr. Vidak also managed to create a little political daylight from hard-liners in his party on the issue of eventually granting citizenship to illegal immigrants.
Since it was the inner areas of CA that got hit the hardest by unemployment and poverty, it doesn't surprise me that the people there had finally had it.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

REPUBLICAN INTRODUCES BILL TO STOP FEDS TAKING RAISINS FROM FARMERS

I just can't believe this has been allowed to go on for so long.  That's the power of Big Government.

The Washington Post recently profiled Marvin Horne, a 68-year-old California raisin farmer who stopped giving the government his raisins in 2002 and now "owes the U.S. government at least $650,000 in unpaid fines," in addition to "1.2 million pounds of unpaid raisins, roughly equal to his entire harvest for four years."

As Breitbart News reported, the government "can save the raisins, sell them to foreigners, throw them away, or even feed them to animals—so long as they are off the domestic market." In one recent year, the raisin program generated over $65 million dollars for the federal government, and all of it was spent on overhead and administrative staff.

Horne said the program made him feel like a "serf" and described it as the "rape of the raisin growers."

The federal government continues to pursue Horne, but his lawyer has argued that the law is unconstitutional because the government will not justly compensate Horne for his raisins. A federal appeals court in California is reviewing the case after the Supreme Court ordered it to do so.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Even California Liberals Should Reject Jerry Brown

Boy, that will never happen.
The mainstream media here in California and across the country have fallen in love (all over again) with Jerry Brown. According to the popular narrative, Brown has brought California back from the precipice of disaster, balanced its budget and jump-started the state’s job-creating engine.

All of these feats would merit his re-election -- if, in fact, they were true. Unfortunately, Brown’s record as governor reflects more failure than actual accomplishment. He won election in 2010 by promising to be a no-nonsense problem-solver who was pragmatic, not ideological. But a closer look at Brown’s record reveals a string of missed opportunities and broken promises that ought to disappoint conservatives and liberals alike.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Daegis is moving HQ from Roseville to Dallas

And yet another one:
Tim Bacci, CEO of Daegis, said in the report: "As we evaluate the business and optimize our cost structure to accelerate on strategies where we see the most opportunity, we have decided to open an office in Dallas, Texas, and relocate the company's headquarters there.

"Texas is a strong territory for our businesses, and we view this move as an opportunity to increase the company's operational efficiencies and access an additional talent pool, as needed."

While the area will lose a headquarters, the net job loss is expected to be small.


Aerospace parts company coming to Kitsap County

Kitsap County is in Washington state.
The long-range plan is to fold the California operations into Port Orchard, raising the prospect that Omohundro workforce could grow more. At present, about 45 workers are at the California site, though that number fluctuates.

“We’re going parallel operations now, and we plan on being up there full-time,” said Sparks, who has owned the 50-year-old company — a pioneer in composite manufacturing — with wife Cynthia since 1995.

Texas beats out Denver, Boulder for media firm HQ

More CA red meat leaving.
Sarah Drake at our sister news source Austin Business Journal reports that Resignation looked at the Colorado cities as well as Seattle and Nashville before settling on Austin, Texas, as its new hometown, deciding it offered a low cost of living and better business climate.

Resignation will be moving 35 employees to the Texas capital city from L.A. by summer's end and plans to hire 40 more, Sarah reports.

Another California co. heading to Texas

Quite a spat of companies moving out of CA.
The contract involves Radiation Detection Co. creating 50 full- and part-time jobs by the end of 2016 with average hourly pay starting at $12, according to the Community Impact Newspaper. Radiation Detection, currently based in Gilroy, Calif., manufactures equipment for radiation detection, mostly for medical companies. President Barrie Laing expects about 28 current employees to make the move to Texas.
Amazing.  Not only do they get a "livable wage" in TX, but with no state income taxes, they get to keep more of it making it even more of a "livable wage than if they made that in CA.

SJ Mayor Chuck Reed: Fix Pensions, Fix California

Taking the bull by the horns.
Q: What do you think is the best way to get statewide reform?

A: I think the best way to get reform is going to be a statewide ballot initiative because having seen what the Legislature did, a 5 or 10 percent solution, it doesn’t solve the problem. It certainly hasn’t gone away, although plenty of people have declared victory and hope that everybody will go home.

The problem isn’t going away. I think we can only get it done with a statewide ballot initiative, to make sure we have clear authority to modify future accruals and give employees a choice with a lower cost plan.

The central problem in all of this is the benefits are too expensive, the government can’t afford them and the employees can’t afford them. So we have to be able to modify those future accruals to bring the cost of the benefits down. We don’t have to eliminate them, but we need to be able to modify them.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Why Are California's Businesses Disappearing?

Uh...what planet are you from?
There were 1.3 million businesses in California at the end of 2012, 5.2 percent fewer than in the previous year (that’s about 73,000 fewer). To put that in perspective, Massachusetts lost 5,200 businesses, the second-highest amount, and Kansas had 3.1 percent fewer businesses in 2012 than in 2011, the second-highest loss rate. Nebraska added businesses at 11.9 percent, the fastest rate. Because BLS releases the data on a lag, the end of 2012 is the latest date for which numbers are available.
There has GOT to be something done about these asset forfeiture laws.
U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon said Thursday in an opinion that government lawyers failed to prove the money was connected to illegal drugs, as it had claimed, the Lincoln Journal Star reported (http://bit.ly/12E1HlG) Saturday.

A Nebraska state trooper seized the money after a March 3 traffic stop on Interstate 80 near North Platte.

Police arrested a husband and wife in the car, who told officers that friends—Tasha and Rajat Mishra—had given them the money to invest in a New Jersey night club.

The two people were released without charges, but state officials kept the money, saying a drug-sniffing dog had indicated drug residue on the cash and the large amount indicated it was obtained in the illegal drug trade.

ECONOMY: No consensus on plan to stimulate California business

That's because CA doesn't know how.

There was plenty of symbolism this month when Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation phasing out tax breaks in the state’s “enterprise zones” and replacing them with a package of incentives intended to benefit the state’s manufacturing and high-tech sectors and create middle-class jobs.

Brown was at Takeda California, part of San Diego County’s vibrant biotech industry. The company’s headquarters up the street from UC San Diego is in a census tract where median earnings top $75,000, according to the most recent census data.

“This state is going to thrive not by the lowest-paid jobs, but by those that require a lot of intellectual addition, content, skill, people working together,” Brown said July 11.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Visiting Iowa, Ted Cruz decries politicians trying to turn Trayvon Martin’s death ‘into a racially polarized battle’

I want to know why O'bama is trying to destabilize America.

Without specifically referring to Obama, Cruz said he regrets that some people have tried to take advantage of the situation for political reasons.

“I think there were some in the political sphere who tried to take a tragic encounter between George Zimmerman, a Hispanic man who was defending his neighborhood, and Trayvon Martin and to turn it into a racially polarized battled,” said Cruz.

During remarks at the White House on Friday, President Obama mentioned that if Trayvon would have been white, the whole situation would have been different.

The Texas senator said that this type of battle is unfortunate and corrosive to the political discourse. He also took the opportunity to praise Obama for telling the nation that we need to respect the jury’s verdict.

Monday, July 8, 2013

HIatus

Sorry, guys.  I'm taking a brief hiatus.  I hope to start up again in a month or two.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

SAN DIEGO JURY ERASES 'STUPID' CHALK CHARGES

Glad to read about it!  Using chalk could''t be much worse than if he taped up a few posters.

Olson, 40, was charged with scrawling messages like "Shame on B of A" and `'No thanks, big banks" in water-soluble chalk on sidewalks outside San Diego Bank of America branches from April to August 2012. He included a drawing of an octopus reaching for dollar bills.

Olson turned to his attorney, nodded and smiled as the verdicts were read.


Monday, July 1, 2013

California teachers suing to end mandatory union dues

I hope they win.

For nearly three decades, the Supreme Court has allowed closed-shop unionism, in which public employees must pay dues to labor groups handling collective bargaining negotiations.

The Supreme Court established Beck Rights in 1988 allowing workers to opt out of union dues for political activities, while continuing to pay for union negotiating expenses. The teachers are hoping to take that battle one step further by putting an end to all coercive union dues.

California Senate Approves Background Checks, Permits and Fees for Ammunition Purchases

So, you guys in Oakland, start collecting rocks and baseball bats to protect yourself.  CA does NOT want you owning bullets.
All ammunition sales would have to be face-to-face, happening only in the presence of a store clerk; and vendors selling the bullets would have to submit sales records to the California Department of Justice. Those vendors also would need a permit to sell ammunition.

SB 53 is one of seven “gun violence” bills approved on Wednesday. Together, the seven Democrat-sponsored bills are known as the “Lifesaving Intelligent Firearms Enforcement Act,” dubbed the LIFE Act.