Public Health and Safety

Road taxes, fracking and the Adam-Condit-Gray mob

Submitted: Aug 22, 2016

Prop. 13 is a gift that keeps on taking from the California public. The real estate special interests, including the financial and insurance industries, advertise throughout the world the advantages of California famous Proposition 13, which sharply limit the annual increase of property taxes and, as George Skelton reminds us, required a two-third vote of the state Legislature to raise any taxes.

The two-thirds requirement is generally an insurmountable obstacle to the 120-member state Legislature. The state Secretary of State's office doesn't post (or in any convenient place) the number of registered lobbyists doing business in the state Capitol. However, starting at the beginning of the alphabetical list, we reached 120 at William Barnaby III, a ruggedly handsome young fellow with a law degree and fashionable stubble who is a hereditary member of the lobbying firm Barnaby and Barnaby. 

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How quickly can you forget this story?

Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

The problem with the "mistakes" developers make in the heat of a construction boom is the decision the homeowner has to make once the "mistake," life-threatening or not, is discovered.

 To disclose or not to disclose, that is the question.

If I don't disclose, no one can help me.

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Worse news than the election campaigns

Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 8-15-16

Common Dreams

The Earth Just Experienced the Hottest Month on the Books. Period.

Plus, scientists say there's a "99 percent chance of a new annual record in 2016"

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Western and west side-water madhouse

Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 In the meantime, the Resnicks have been going hog wild with all that water. Based on current estimates, their Central Valley crops receive more yearly water than the amount used by every single home in Los Angeles combined. Their citrus crops alone use up more water than the city of San Francisco. -- Elijah Chiland, la.curbed.com, Aug. 10, 2016

It is our duty as journalists, in fact it is our precise duty as writers, to try to find plain words to describe what is happening in our world. But when it comes to the irrigated agribusiness of the West and the feudal social structures erected upon it, it is easy to become speechless or simply to document the ecological atrocity as if you were a fax machine spewing out pages to an empty newsroom.

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Jeeves willikers, the country shore has changed!

Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 

Bernardus Lodge debuts new lodgings

The Villas & Suites at Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel Valley has opened with 14 new guest lodgings.

The new lodgings debuted on Aug. 2 and have rates from $950 to $2,500.

The new accommodations transport guests to a private sanctuary paired with butler services, free Mercedes-Benz convertibles, alfresco rain showers and a three-to-one staff ratio focused on exceeding guests' expectations.

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Father of the USSC Citizens Alliance decision

Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

  

With his appointment of Anthony Kennedy to the US Supreme Court, Ronald Reagan foisted on the nation a hereditary Sacramento lobbyist decorated with lipstick in a very special shade called "Well-educated, straight-laced, sober jurist and distinguished professor of law." -- blj

 

 


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Merced Development Rodeo: Merced taxpayers, beware of your city council

Submitted: Aug 03, 2016
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 

A cabal of Merced City Council members, city staff and developers ripped off the citizens of Merced for a bundle two weeks ago. Just in case we couldn't put a face on the usual suspects, developer and almond grower Greg Hostetler showed up at Monday's council meeting to berate retiring Mayor Stan Thurston for speaking truth to the city's development staff.

The issue was whether Merced would quit paying fees it collects from developers to pay for mitigation of the traffic impacts caused by their business. The city council decided to quit paying the fees for two years. This puts the public in the position of either suffering the results in traffic congestion or being forced to pay for it themselves.

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"Good time to buy cows."

Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

 

 

 

This report on the effects of oversupply in the US milk market and other milk markets reminds us of a joke we once heard in Hilmar, a local dairy center. The dairyman watched the price of milk slide and slide until finally the milk price was zero.

"Good time to buy cows," he said.

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Hillary Clinton: Ol' "Honey" Bill's candidate for president

Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 We were impressed by this note by Michael Moore in a section in the July 18 issue of The Nation called "We still need a future to believe in." Perhaps it was because it accords with our own gloomy view. Despite a real Murderers Row of Democratic Party orators on the opening night of the party's convention -- Sen. Cory Booker, First Lady Michelle Obama, Sen. Elizabeth Warren -- and a speech for the history books by Sen. Bernie Sanders, our fears of political chaos in the Democratic Party are not allayed.

In the Democratic Party of 2016, everybody's special; ordinary Americans need not apply, and just might not, much. These successful aspirants -- Booker, the Obamas, Warren, Bill and Hill -- who found their social ladders to climb in academia and politics -- are no inspiration for ordinary people who lack these particular gifts and historical opportunity. And, of course, there is no reward for any child who lacks the ambition to out-compete his schoolmates.

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Destruction of Delta moves forward: courts say more of the pieces legal

Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 7-15-16

The Mercury News

State Supreme Court sides with Southern California in sale of delta islands

Matt Stevens

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