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California seeks fourth federal disaster declaration

By James Poulos Still reeling from a wild weather season, California chalked up a fourth request for federal disaster aid, as Gov. Jerry Brown lodged the request en route to Washington earlier this month. “Putting the price tag of California’s brutal winter storms at $569 million, Gov. Jerry Brown asked President Trump […] for a fourth federal disaster […]

Ventura County General Plan Update: Transportation and Infrastructure

Ventura County General Plan Update: Transportation and Infrastructure

By Sheryl Hamlin The county has embarked on a multi-year, multi-million dollar update to its General Plan Update (GPU) for the unincorporated areas. The website for commenting and status is vc2040.org. Citizens can also sign up here for announcements. Previous articles about this process were here: Notice/Overview History and Initial Configuration of Report Refinements to […]

What Californians Could Build Using the $64 Billion Bullet Train Budget

What Californians Could Build Using the $64 Billion Bullet Train Budget

. By Ed Ring . California’s High-Speed Rail project fails to justify itself according to any set of rational criteria. Its ridership projections are absurdly inflated, its environmental benefits are overstated if not actually net detriments, and its cost, its staggering cost, $64 billion by the latest estimate, overwhelms anyone with even a remote sense of […]

Traffic deaths spike in California, U.S.

Traffic deaths spike in California, U.S.

By James Poulos Following a nationwide trend, traffic deaths in California have spiked, alarming analysts and prompting fresh questions about technological distractions like smartphones, and fueling debate over how policymakers can or should respond.  The news was relayed in a report by the National Safety Council. “The study shows that in California, traffic deaths rose 14 percent […]

Deferral of federal funds casts fresh doubt on California high-speed rail

Deferral of federal funds casts fresh doubt on California high-speed rail

by James Poulos The new administration in Washington, D.C., has added another hurdle to California’s already difficult road to high-speed rail. Drawing fire from Democrats and cheers from Republicans, the Department of Transportation “has deferred a decision on a $647-million grant that would help Caltrain electrify a section of track between San Jose and San Francisco, […]

Bridge woes compound California infrastructure troubles

Bridge woes compound California infrastructure troubles

By James Poulos Dams aren’t the only part of California infrastructure on the hot seat. Following a big-ticket Sacramento request for federal building funds, a new report has concluded that the number of state bridges in dangerously inadequate condition reaches into the thousands.  “Of the 55,000 bridges across the U.S. that were deemed structurally deficient in […]

Increasing Water Supply Must Balance Conservation Measures

Increasing Water Supply Must Balance Conservation Measures

By Ed Ring . In a recent commentary tax fighter Jon Coupal exposed one of the hidden agendas behind recently Senate Constitutional Amendment 4 recently introduced in the California Legislature. Coupal writes: “They wish to charge those water users they perceive as “bad” more per gallon than those users they perceive as “good.” The beauty of […]

Is California’s Elite Willing to Fight for More Infrastructure? Or Just Bash Trump?

Is California’s Elite Willing to Fight for More Infrastructure? Or Just Bash Trump?

By Ed Ring In the wake of unrest on the UC Berkeley campus last week, Robert Reich has managed to get himself some fresh national news coverage. Reich served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, and is currently a professor at the University of California at Berkeley. Reich made news by suggesting the rioters […]

How to Cut Infrastructure Costs in Half

How to Cut Infrastructure Costs in Half

By Ellen Brown, The Web of Debt Blog Monday, January 30, 2017 President Donald Trump has promised to rebuild America’s airports, bridges, tunnels, roads and other infrastructure, something both Democrats and Republicans agree should be done. The country needs a full $3 trillion in infrastructure over the next decade. The $1 trillion plan revealed by […]

Ventura’s water mess

Ventura’s water mess

By Joe Richardson, Daniel Cormode & Paul D. White   The 2016 city of Ventura’s “Drinking Water Consumer Confidence Report” is not titled “Half-truths and Outright Misrepresentations,” but it should be. Without major, immediate changes, Ventura’s water shortages will be at a scary level within five years. It will force all growth to stop, and current residents won’t have adequate water to […]

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