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The not so Golden State

Posted on March 2nd, 2014 at 16:48 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


Then there is the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). A well-intentioned law to curb the damaging effects of development has mutated into a monster. Almost anyone can file a CEQA lawsuit against any project they dislike; plaintiffs win half of the cases they enter, and when they lose they do not need to cover defendants’ legal fees (the reverse does not apply). Builders are compelled to hire expensive unionised labour to ward off union bosses’ threats of spurious CEQA suits. Shops and petrol stations file cases to prevent competitors from opening up. A longtime observer sums up the attitude of Californian state government to business as follows: “Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you, fuck you, fuck you, fuck you, fuck you, fuck you and fuck you.”

  1. Gene, the whole plan to split California into six pieces is a ploy to shift power to Tea Party types. The borders of the six pieces are carefully plotted to give conservative-party advantages in all but one (possibly two) of the six. So there would be ten new senators, of whom maybe two would be progressives. So the end balance would be (up to) four progressive senators and eight (or ten) conservative senators added. This is in contrast to California’s two senators, one of whom is progressive and the other is what passes for middle of the road in American politics.

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