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Coastal Commission Keeps Overheated Californians from Chilling Out

Temperatures rose to 106 F in Sacramento on August 19, and Fresno topped out at a sizzling 109. That same day in San Francisco, the high temperature was 78, and down on the central coast in Cambria the high reached 88. Such temperature inequality, one would think, should drive many more Californians to live...
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California’s Delta Water Tunnel Is a $15.9 Billion Money Pit

As we noted, the economic rigors brought on by the pandemic failed to halt the massive underground tunnel that would pump water from the San Joaquin Delta to central and southern California. The original “WaterFix” was a pet project of Gov. Jerry Brown and called for two tunnels. Rebranded the “Delta Conveyance Project,” it...
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California Tunnel Vision Survives the Pandemic

As we noted, the current pandemic has failed to lock down spending on California’s vaunted high-speed rail project. The pandemic has also failed to halt the massive underground tunnel that would pump water from the San Joaquin Delta to central and southern California. The so-called “Waterfix” was a pet project of Gov. Jerry Brown,...
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Paycheck Protection Payouts Give Taxpayers Plenty To Ponder

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), part of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security package (CARES), is intended to blunt the economic damage from the current pandemic. As CNBC reports, the payouts include a $5-10 million loan for the Archdiocese of New York, $350,000 to $1 million to the Ayn Rand Institute...
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Pandemic Has Not Locked Down California’s Bullet Train Spending

“California’s High-Speed Rail Is the Very Definition of a Boondoggle,” headlined a commentary by Adam B. Summers nearly one year ago. Plagued from the start by fanciful assumptions, the costs “quickly ballooned from $40 billion or $45 billion to $98.5 billion,” and Gov. Gavin Newsom said the project would “cost too much and take...
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Will California’s Destructive Restrictions on Freelance Workers Go National?

California Assembly Bill 5, signed last September by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, is now slated for reconsideration on the November 3, 2020 ballot. An initiative, qualified for the ballot on May 22, establishes criteria for determining whether rideshare drivers are “employees” or “independent contractors.” Voters might keep a few realities in mind.

Are Gov. Newsom’s Contact Tracers the Best for the Job?

The current pandemic has turned up a need for “contact tracing,” the process of finding those actually infected with the coronavirus and who might, in turn, have infected others. According Kate Murphy in the New York Times, contact tracing is harder than it sounds, but it has been managed with some success. The best...
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CHiPs Are Down in California, and Federal Judge Is Down With It

From 1977 to 1983 on the television crime drama series “CHiPs,” Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox played California Highway Patrol officers patrolling the freeways on motorcycles in pursuit of criminals. Some of that still goes on in real life, but now the CHP also patrols the California Capitol to keep non-criminals from holding public...
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California’s Legislators Commandeer Workers Comp in Coronavirus Fight

Down in Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti is deploying informers against those who dare violate stay-at-home orders. “You know the old expression about snitches, well in this case snitches get rewards,” Garcetti told reporters. “We want to thank you for turning folks in and making sure we are all safe.” Over in Malibu, police...
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Pandemic Reading Tips

When a new book comes out, C. S. Lewis reportedly said, be sure to read an old one first. Anybody now cooped up at home might follow that advice and take up a real oldie, such as The Gallic War, by Julius Caesar. The Roman imperialist fought it out with tribes such as the...
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