Articles Tagged With ‘California’

Does California owe you money?

More than 89,000 California residents and businesses are currently sitting on an estimated $50 million in uncashed I.O.U’s.  [New York Times] The state issued about 450,000 I.O.U.’s, valued at roughly $2.6 billion, to taxpayers, vendors, and contractors last July during... (Continue reading)

Governor seeks to terminate environmental restrictions

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wants 100 major construction projects across the state exempted from California environmental laws. [Capitol Weekly] The plan, already coming under heavy attack, would block the power of the courts to review 25 projects each year, from 2011... (Continue reading)

Governor seeks to shift taxes to middle class

Sacramento observers believe Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is embracing a tax reform system for California that includes a major shift in the tax burden from the rich to the middle class. [Oakland Tribune] The strategy comes on the heels of a... (Continue reading)

6.5 quake rattles northern California

A strong earthquake, measuring 6.5 in magnitude, hit Eureka, in northern California, Saturday afternoon. [Los Angeles Times] Power lines snapped throughout the region, disrupting power. One shopping mall was evacuated. However, law enforcement officials report no loss of life, and... (Continue reading)

The PG&E – Israeli Connection

Protesters in the Bay Area have recently mounted a guerrilla campaign to draw attention  to the relationship between Pacific Gas and Electric, and the Israeli company Solel. PG&E signed a 25-year contract with Solel to develop the Mojave Solar Park... (Continue reading)

Prop 8 challenge to be videotaped

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that next week’s trial in San Francisco of a lawsuit challenging Proposition 8 can be videotaped for delayed Internet release on YouTube. [San Francisco Chronicle] Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ordered the coverage. Proposition... (Continue reading)

Computer snafu temporarily halts birth control prescriptions program

A computer glitch with California Department of Health Services Computers prohibited low income patients from filling birth control prescriptions during that past few days. Pharmacists throughout the state, who attempted to fill certain birth control prescriptions for patients covered by the... (Continue reading)

County agency accused of misuse of state funds

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has accused San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) of the inappropriate expenditure of more than $1 million in taxpayer funds, claiming the county agency transferred funds slated for road maintenance to purchase new... (Continue reading)

Cities crack down on disabled parking abuse

A new state law that took effect Jan. 1 allows cities to crack down on California drivers claiming to be disabled by displaying a fake, borrowed, or stolen blue parking tag. [San Francisco Chronicle] Cities can now charge anywhere between... (Continue reading)

Brrrrr! Why we live in California

If you need a reminder as to why you live in California, despite the high property taxes and the huge budget deficit, check out today’s national weather map. [Plymouth State Weather Center] 13 degrees in Chicago, 13 below in Omaha,... (Continue reading)