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California scrambles to pick up housing pace

California scrambles to pick up housing pace

By James Poulos The rush is on to find a way to amp up available housing in California. Amid new reports claiming that housing has become unaffordable across the state, legislators, officials and activists have begun a rush for solutions.  “In its first comprehensive analysis since the year 2000, California’s Department of Housing and Community Development paints […]

California utilities want billion-dollar charger buildout

California utilities want billion-dollar charger buildout

By James Poulos California’s utility companies have unveiled a plan to allocate $1 billion to a statewide charging station program, designed to meet the state’s rigorous emissions standards and extend the reach of electric and hybrid vehicles throughout the state.  “Three major California utility companies are following the lead of the state’s clean transportation and emission-reduction […]

Demographers eye no-growth future for California

Demographers eye no-growth future for California

By James Poulos Driven by rising out-migration and falling birth rates, California’s population growth has stalled, leading analysts to consider a possible forecast of a so-called “no-growth” period in the future. Although Americans nationwide have been flooding south and west for years, the Golden State has become an exception. Nearly 62 percent of Americans lived in […]

CA Democrats want higher fees and taxes for state infrastructure

CA Democrats want higher fees and taxes for state infrastructure

Sharing in a new emerging consensus in favor of substantial infrastructure spending, California Democrats have teed up the policy for early action in 2017, triggering renewed debate over the wisdom of funding the effort through significant new transportation-related fees and taxes. Gov. Jerry Brown and other leading Democrats had signaled earlier in the month that infrastructure […]

Towns take heat from proposed taxes targeting streaming video

Towns take heat from proposed taxes targeting streaming video

By James Poulos . Tempting fate — and mobilized outrage from consumers and their Silicon Valley allies — municipalities around California have zeroed in on a new source of revenue: Online film and television streaming services, and the people who use them. “If the cities are successful in adjusting their existing utility users taxes — and there are questions […]

New era of marijuana dawns in California, nationwide

New era of marijuana dawns in California, nationwide

By James Poulos Californians have gone down in history as leading a nationwide charge to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. “Voters on Tuesday approved Proposition 64, making California the most populous state in the nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana,” the Los Angeles Times confirmed. “The approval of the ballot measure creates the largest […]

New poll shows uphill battle to end California death penalty

New poll shows uphill battle to end California death penalty

By James Poulos Despite a broad trend toward increasing skepticism and opposition around capital punishment, California’s ballot initiative ending the practice faces a steep climb heading into November.  The Institute for Social Research at Sacramento State University, through the CALSPEAKS public-opinion project, found that respondents “opposed Proposition 62, which would end the death penalty in the state, 45-37. […]

Directly drinking treated wastewater could be in Californians’ future

Directly drinking treated wastewater could be in Californians’ future

CA eyes freeway generator technology as new energy source

CA eyes freeway generator technology as new energy source

Advancing bill would upend CA religious schools

Advancing bill would upend CA religious schools

By James Poulos . California legislators could soon wipe out the social and cultural exemptions afforded to state religious schools that they depend upon for their identity. Senate Bill 1146, now moving through committee in the Assembly, “aims to include all colleges and universities receiving state financial assistance together with students receiving state financial aid under […]