News Categorized: Environmental protection

State Revenues Decline in January

It’s been a heady ride for California finances in recent years, with budget revenue outpacing estimates by billions of dollars, buoyed along by the state’s healthy economic growth in 2015. Could that trend be coming to an end? Preliminary tax revenue for January stands at a net $167 million less than estimates in Gov. Jerry… Read more »

Gasoline Consumption Biggest Increase in 12 Years

Gasoline consumption in California rose 2.4 percent during the 2014-15 fiscal year, the largest annual increase since the 2003-04 fiscal year and a likely byproduct of the Golden State’s improving economy, according to the state Board of Equalization. Cheaper fuel costs likely contributed as well, according to energy analysts. In fiscal year 2014-15, the board… Read more »

Big Valley A Big Factor in 2018 Governor’s Race, Newsom Finds

Three years before the next gubernatorial election, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and his rivals are making inroads into inland California, touring farms, holding receptions and speaking to small crowds. In addition to Newsom, two other Democrats who are expected to run, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former state Controller Steve Westly, have both… Read more »

CA Regulatory Expansion: Coastal Commission Mission Creeps Inland

Sacramento Bee Commentary When Proposition 20, California’s landmark coastal protection law, went before voters in 1972, the campaign for it focused on public access to beaches. The law itself, as later interpreted and implemented by the Legislature, took a somewhat broader view. The Coastal Commission, appointed by the governor and legislative leaders, would have development… Read more »

Feinstein’s Desert Lands National Monument Hearing Draws Raucous Crowd

Sen. Dianne Feinstein moderated a raucous public hearing in the California desert over her proposal to set aside three swaths of Southern California as national monuments. The sometimes wild meeting illustrated that when it comes to public land management decisions, reaching consensus is no easier in California than it is in Washington, D.C. At issue… Read more »