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‘Nail houses’ Serve as Monuments of Resistance to Planners

‘Nail houses’ serve as monuments of resistance to planners KERRY JACKSON | OCTOBER 13, 2023 Swedish economist Assar Lindbeck famously has said that outside of bombing it, rent control is the best way to destroy a city. Though not nearly as efficient as either of those, both planners and the ...
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Read about California's water woes

California Sets Fire To The Rain

The Los Angeles Times recently noted that even after “a ‘miracle’ water year,” challenges are still ahead for California, and they might arrive as early as the coming winter. And what are those challenges? The San Francisco Chronicle puts it plainly: “California will soon require many cities to significantly cut ...
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Read about latest Sacramento green overreach

Is Sacramento Going to Ban Classic Cars? Recent History Suggests It Might.

California, according to the Capitol Museum in Sacramento, “is the world’s first auto-civilization.” A PBS affiliate says “as an innovator and early adopter of freeways, California became the symbolic capital of car culture.” Just five years ago, Jalopnik reported that “California is one of the hottest beds of car culture ...
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Crime is out of control in Oakland

And Now, On The Other Side Of The Bay …

San Francisco has become almost as famous for its serial store closings as its cable cars. Popular retailers, including Nordstrom, Whole Foods, Saks Off 5th, Anthropologie and Office Depot are shutting their doors because, well, they just can’t take it anymore. The thieves won. Across the water, on the east ...
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Read about latest costly green mandate

New Climate Disclosure Laws Will Hurt Business, Won’t Help Planet

When author and journalist Tom Wolfe coined the term “statusphere” – in which participants compete for prestige within a groupthink bubble – he didn’t have the California Legislature of the 21st century in mind. But he could have. In California, it’s routine for lawmakers to pass bills that have little ...
Climate Change

Read about state climate change lawsuit

Newsom-Bonta lawsuit against oil industry good PR strategy, bad for fighting climate change

Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom and state Attorney General Rob Bonta filed a lawsuit in San Francisco County Superior Court, suing a number of oil companies as well as the American Petroleum Institute for “creating, contributing to, and/or assisting in the creation of state-wide climate change-related harms in California.” The lawsuit ...
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Read about Sacramento offshore power deal

Deal on Offshore Power is Latest Fool’s Game on Green Energy

Wind farms will supposedly produce 25% (or 25 gigawatts, which would be enough power for 25 million homes) of California’s electricity after the state completes its 2045 transition to an energy grid free of fossil fuels and nuclear power. As the Times story indicates, there are zero offshore wind turbines ...
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Read latest on California's ill fated hydrogen push

California’s Hydrogen Bomb

CalMatters reported in August that even “as California steers away from the internal combustion engine, the rapid transition is fueling a fight in the Capitol over how large a role hydrogen fuel cells will play in powering the clean cars of the future.” The only question, then, is how much ...
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City planners ignore the importance of ‘human capital’

City planners ignore the importance of ‘human capital’ by Kerry Jackson  |  September 14, 2023 Depending on who’s talking and who’s listening, the United States has a number of cities that are failing, caught in a doom loop of self-destruction. San Francisco is today’s favorite target. A succession of stumbling ...
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Read about latest green mandate failure

Failure of Electric Bus Maker Latest Sign of Trouble in Path to State’s All-EV Future

The wheels on the bus go ‘round and ‘round but it’s not a smooth ride when the powerplant is a battery. Proterra, the Burlingame, California, company that makes electric buses as well as large trucks, vans and components for other manufacturers, has filed for bankruptcy. Just as Barack Obama hyped ...
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‘Nail houses’ Serve as Monuments of Resistance to Planners

‘Nail houses’ serve as monuments of resistance to planners KERRY JACKSON | OCTOBER 13, 2023 Swedish economist Assar Lindbeck famously has said that outside of bombing it, rent control is the best way to destroy a city. Though not nearly as efficient as either of those, both planners and the ...
Commentary

Read about California's water woes

California Sets Fire To The Rain

The Los Angeles Times recently noted that even after “a ‘miracle’ water year,” challenges are still ahead for California, and they might arrive as early as the coming winter. And what are those challenges? The San Francisco Chronicle puts it plainly: “California will soon require many cities to significantly cut ...
Blog

Read about latest Sacramento green overreach

Is Sacramento Going to Ban Classic Cars? Recent History Suggests It Might.

California, according to the Capitol Museum in Sacramento, “is the world’s first auto-civilization.” A PBS affiliate says “as an innovator and early adopter of freeways, California became the symbolic capital of car culture.” Just five years ago, Jalopnik reported that “California is one of the hottest beds of car culture ...
Blog

Crime is out of control in Oakland

And Now, On The Other Side Of The Bay …

San Francisco has become almost as famous for its serial store closings as its cable cars. Popular retailers, including Nordstrom, Whole Foods, Saks Off 5th, Anthropologie and Office Depot are shutting their doors because, well, they just can’t take it anymore. The thieves won. Across the water, on the east ...
Blog

Read about latest costly green mandate

New Climate Disclosure Laws Will Hurt Business, Won’t Help Planet

When author and journalist Tom Wolfe coined the term “statusphere” – in which participants compete for prestige within a groupthink bubble – he didn’t have the California Legislature of the 21st century in mind. But he could have. In California, it’s routine for lawmakers to pass bills that have little ...
Climate Change

Read about state climate change lawsuit

Newsom-Bonta lawsuit against oil industry good PR strategy, bad for fighting climate change

Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom and state Attorney General Rob Bonta filed a lawsuit in San Francisco County Superior Court, suing a number of oil companies as well as the American Petroleum Institute for “creating, contributing to, and/or assisting in the creation of state-wide climate change-related harms in California.” The lawsuit ...
Blog

Read about Sacramento offshore power deal

Deal on Offshore Power is Latest Fool’s Game on Green Energy

Wind farms will supposedly produce 25% (or 25 gigawatts, which would be enough power for 25 million homes) of California’s electricity after the state completes its 2045 transition to an energy grid free of fossil fuels and nuclear power. As the Times story indicates, there are zero offshore wind turbines ...
Blog

Read latest on California's ill fated hydrogen push

California’s Hydrogen Bomb

CalMatters reported in August that even “as California steers away from the internal combustion engine, the rapid transition is fueling a fight in the Capitol over how large a role hydrogen fuel cells will play in powering the clean cars of the future.” The only question, then, is how much ...
Blog

City planners ignore the importance of ‘human capital’

City planners ignore the importance of ‘human capital’ by Kerry Jackson  |  September 14, 2023 Depending on who’s talking and who’s listening, the United States has a number of cities that are failing, caught in a doom loop of self-destruction. San Francisco is today’s favorite target. A succession of stumbling ...
Blog

Read about latest green mandate failure

Failure of Electric Bus Maker Latest Sign of Trouble in Path to State’s All-EV Future

The wheels on the bus go ‘round and ‘round but it’s not a smooth ride when the powerplant is a battery. Proterra, the Burlingame, California, company that makes electric buses as well as large trucks, vans and components for other manufacturers, has filed for bankruptcy. Just as Barack Obama hyped ...
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