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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 […]

Rebuilding California’s Infrastructure

Rebuilding California’s Infrastructure

Introduction (Part 1 of 6) by Marc Joffe, Jill Eicher, Ed Ring, and Kevin Dayton Editor’s Note: Please visit California Policy Center for the complete series or Download their comprehensive PDF This is Part One of “Rebuilding California’s Infrastructure,” to access the other five sections, click on the links below. To access the entire six-part study […]

Invest California’s Pension Funds in Water and Energy Infrastructure

Invest California’s Pension Funds in Water and Energy Infrastructure

By Ed Ring “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.” –  Peter Thiel, in his 2011 manifesto “What Happened to the Future.” Anyone living in California who’s paying attention knows what venture capitalist Thiel meant. While a handful of Silicon Valley social media entrepreneurs have amassed almost indescribable wealth, and fundamentally transformed how humanity […]

Investing in Infrastructure to Lower the Cost of Living

Investing in Infrastructure to Lower the Cost of Living

Ventura City Council: State of the City presentation

Ventura City Council: State of the City presentation

By George Miller The presentation was about how good Ventura is and how the City government wants to raise taxes to keep it that way Last night’s main act at the (2-29-16) Council meeting was Ventura Mayor Erik Narasenko’s first “State of the City” address, entitled “Invest in Ventura, Now and For a Strong Tomorrow.” […]

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