News Categorized: Air Quality

Ballot Initiatives Aiding Local Development

Once heralded as a vital check on corporate influence over government, California’s ballot initiative system — which allows residents to propose laws and approve them by popular vote — has been used to sharply cut property taxes and to enact the country’s first medical marijuana law. But these days, developers are using the process for… Read more »

Republicans Shut Out of 14 Races

Voters sorted through an array of candidates, in some cases choosing from half a dozen or more, to set the stage for matchups in November. With 26 seats up for grabs this election cycle, interest groups stepped up spending in hopes of influencing the competitive landscape. Outside groups including oil companies, education advocates, unions and… Read more »

Independent Expenditures “Permeate” Legislative Primary

Millions of special interest group dollars permeated California legislative races ahead of Tuesday’s primary election, prefiguring general election battle lines. Realtors, apartment interests and dentists joined the energy industry and education groups – both charter school advocates and organizations that have fought teachers unions over teacher employment policies – in opening their wallets. In many… Read more »

Voters Generous With Local Bond Measures

California voters were in an expansive mood this week when it came to local tax and bond measures. Michael Coleman, who operates a website devoted to local government and school finances, reported Wednesday that at least 70 of the 89 tax and bond measures were passed, with several others too close to call as votes… Read more »

Legislators May Reform Powerful State Agencies

As state legislators plowed through hundreds of bills and began fashioning a final state budget last week, a strong theme emerged – unhappiness with some powerful state agencies and an appetite for reform. Most interestingly, the sentiments were not particularly partisan, and in some cases were very bipartisan. The targets of legislative disdain included the… Read more »

Legislator Authors Ransomware Bill, Gets Hacked

A day after the state Senate approved legislation outlawing ransomware, the bill author’s website was hit. In a tweet Thursday, Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, showed a screen shot of his hijacked Senate website. “All of our shared drive files have been encrypted with software typically used in ransomware attacks,” Hertzberg spokesman Andrew LaMar wrote… Read more »

SF Bay Area Refineries Sue Air District

Oil refineries have sued to overturn a series of new air pollution rules aimed at reducing emissions 20 percent at each of the Bay Area’s five gasoline plants, the largest source of industrial pollution in the region. The five rules were proposed in the wake of a fire and heavy smoke at the Chevron oil… Read more »

Road Trip! Millions Hit the Highways

The great American road trip is back. It’s partly that gasoline this driving season is cheaper than it has been in 11 years, according to the AAA motor club, and that the reviving economy is making people more willing to part with their money. But there is more than that at play here. This may… Read more »

One of World’s Largest Engineering Firms Moves HQ Employees to TX

Jacobs Engineering Group, one of the world’s largest engineering companies, is preparing to move employees from its Pasadena headquarters to Dallas, becoming the latest major corporation to relocate significant operations from California to Texas. The Fortune 500 firm, founded in Pasadena more than half a century ago, already has 300 employees in downtown Dallas and… Read more »