Posts Tagged ‘California’

FasTrak Fakery Preys on the People


Tuesday May 22nd, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:11am PDT   •   0 Comments

Back on March 19, this writer put in his typical Monday workday and never left his neighborhood in California’s capital city. That schedule is somewhat at odds with a notice I received from FasTrak, California’s freeway tolling agency.  “Immediate Attention Required—Official FasTrak Notice,” read the outside of the envelope, mailed on May 14. “Violation...
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Thirteen Plus Forty


Wednesday May 16th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 1:58pm PDT   •   0 Comments

June 6 will mark 40 years since California voters passed the People’s Initiative to Limit Property Taxation, more commonly known as Proposition 13. As its primary backers recall, “property taxes were out of control. People were losing their homes because they could not pay their property taxes, yet government did nothing to help them.”...
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California Straw Man Runs in the Family


Monday February 12th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:14am PST   •   0 Comments

California assemblyman Ian Calderon has proposed a bill that would make it illegal for restaurant staff to give customers a plastic straw unless they ask for one. Unrequested straws would draw a fine of $1,000 or even jail time. This measure has led some to wonder about those little plastic umbrellas in drinks, or...
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Jerry Brown Claims California Wildfires Are “The New Normal.”


Monday December 11th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:56am PST   •   0 Comments

As fires rage in southern California, driving nearly 90,000 people from their homes, recurring governor Jerry Brown explains that that because of climate change such fires could be “the new normal” and “this could be something that happens every year or every few years.” As usual, the governor ignores a key back story. The...
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Investigation of Sexual Harassment in California Legislature Is Just for Show


Wednesday December 6th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:54am PST   •   1 Comment

Besides Hollywood (Harvey Weinstein), Congress (Al Franken), and the media (Matt Lauer), to name only a few, it turns out that sexual abuse has been thriving in the California legislature. Capitol staffer Elise Flynn Gyore charged that assemblyman Raul Bocanegra groped her at a public event in 2009. Faced with this and other accusations,...
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GovHousingHelp.Con


Tuesday December 5th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:35am PST   •   1 Comment

In housing, California has been in the throes of what Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf, calls an “affordability crisis.” This year governor Jerry Brown signed a batch of bills designed to end the crisis and, as Assemblyman Richard Bloom put it, “make housing affordable again.” Those currently priced out of the market might recall past...
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Government Abuse Not Always Sexy


Tuesday November 14th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:18am PST   •   0 Comments

California government in general, and the state Board of Equalization in particular, are hives of nepotism. That ought not to be the case, particularly in a state with a voter-approved law, Proposition 209, against preferences in state employment, education and contracting. Nobody does anything about favoritism and lately lawmakers have been taking it to...
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Transit Boss Bonanza Stresses Taxpayers


Monday August 14th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 1:59pm PDT   •   0 Comments

In California’s capital of Sacramento, rapid transit has been in terrible shape, but not for lack of spending on management. As we noted, after hiring Mike Wiley as manager, the RT district plunged into financial distress, tapping reserve accounts to balance its budget and raising fares 10 percent. Though a major bust as transit...
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More Costs Flowing from Government Dam Negligence


Wednesday August 9th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 12:08pm PDT   •   3 Comments

National Water Quality Month is turning out rather dry in California, but trouble will soon be washing up in court. Farmers and business owners have filed more than 90 claims against the state government for causing a total of $1.7 billion in losses from the spillway failure at Oroville Dam back in February. Might...
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More Change Taxpayers Can’t Believe In


Friday July 14th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:20pm PDT   •   1 Comment

As we noted, California taxpayers were the first to pay for the sexual-reassignment surgery of a violent criminal, Shiloh Heavenly Quine, who as Rodney Quine gunned down Shahid Ali Baig, a father of three, then stole his car. Taxpayers nationwide have also been footing the bill for sex-change surgery, and Congress just decided that...
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