Politics

High-Speed Rail Is Once Again Side-Tracked

High-Speed Rail Is Once Again Side-Tracked

Out of the $4 billion requested by the California High-Speed Rail Authority, this is how much money has been designated for it in the state’s $262.6 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2021-22, which began this month: $0.00.

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Heard Immunity? We Take a Listening Tour

Heard Immunity? We Take a Listening Tour

Do you remember when Hillary Clinton, running for President in 2016, embarked on what she called her “listening tour”? It was intended to portray her as having a connection with the country’s working class

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Drought Measures Presented in a Dry Manner

Drought Measures Presented in a Dry Manner

Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff of summer and we’re now officially in a drought here in California. Until Governor Gavin Newsom declared it, we were evidently in an ex officio drought, which was a little like having a learner’s permit but not being allowed to climb into the full disaster to buckle up and go for a spin. Or having a designer need to have a licensed architect sign off on an architectural drawing in order to make it an architectural design.

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Odds & Trends: Brylcream, Gavin and the Amazing City Council Pay Raise

Odds & Trends: Brylcream, Gavin and the Amazing City Council Pay Raise

I’ve lived in California since I was not-quite eight years old and it’s often felt like being in a TV show I joined “in progress” because its opening was pre-empted by a hockey game in overtime. (“Folks, the players have just six minutes left to beat each other senseless with their sticks and fists in the name of good sport and icy fun, so please stay with us.”)

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