CA Senate pushes $400M additional tax credits for Hollywood

By   /  August 20, 2014  /  Around the Web, California  /  No Comments


By James Poulos | Cal Watchdog
A California Senate committee wants to quadruple the entertainment industry subsidies keeping production in Hollywood.
With a unanimous vote, the appropriations committee passed a $300 million increase in tax credits for film and television, bringing the size of the controversial program up to $400 million. Assembly Bill 1839 is coauthored by Assemblymen Raul Bocanegra, D-Pacoima, and Mike [...]

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California high-speed rail opponents want a rehearing

By   /  August 19, 2014  /  Around the Web, California  /  No Comments


By Kathy Hamilton | Cal Watchdog
On Aug. 14, the three litigants in the case to halt California’s high-speed rail project, Kings County and two local residents, filed a Petition for Rehearing. They challenged the July 31 ruling against them by Sacramento’s 3rd District Court of Appeal. The ruling, which reversed a lower-court decision, greenlighted the [...]

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America has a ‘militarization moment’

By   /  August 15, 2014  /  California, Federal Government, Idaho, Local Government, Military, Missouri, National, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

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The display of tactics and weaponry in Ferguson, Mo., has elevated the debate over militarization of local law enforcement.

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Cost of hiking wages: It’s not just hiring wage cops

By   /  August 14, 2014  /  California, News  /  No Comments

HIGH COST OF DOING BUSINESS: Cities like San Francisco and Washington D.C. spend millions to enforce a higher minimum wage. But economists say that isn't the only expense.

What is the cost to enforce wage hikes in cities across the Golden State?

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Uber mobilizes support against Sacramento regulations

By   /  August 12, 2014  /  Around the Web, California  /  No Comments

FREE-MARKET SOLUTION STYMIED: When Pittsburghers needed an alternative to taxis, ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft filled the gap. Now, state regulations are jeopardizing that.

By James Poulos | Cal Watchdog
In a fight, you go with your strengths. Uber is the social media site whose app connects drivers with riders. Taxis drivers and others don’t like it, and are trying to enact legislation to limit it.
Uber now has responded by using the power of social networking to save its business model and fight [...]

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Tunnel could boost California high-speed rail cost

By   /  August 11, 2014  /  Around the Web, California  /  No Comments


By Wayne Lusvardi | Cal Watchdog
The cost of the high-speed rail project might be going above the current estimate of $68 billion.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority recently announced a strategic shift to consider an alternative for its 40-mile Palmdale-to-Burbank link. Instead of the current plan of running it parallel to the Palmdale Freeway, the new line would run [...]

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