Dear Readers: The title today is a parody of a Raiders of the Lost Ark quote, tailored to meet some state-specific topics I want to cover.
First, here is a veteran of San Diego citizen activists: Richard Rider. He is discussing Jerry Brown on KUSI: “Is Jerry Brown crazy – yes”. Then Richard proceeds to give a very detailed analysis on the state of California, including a review of budget matters. Richard actually is more optimistic about Brown’s potential to be a good governor than I am (his exact words — “not as bad as some people think”). I sure hope so. But that means all-hands-on-deck for Tea Party Californians.
One of the things I am going to strive to do this year is to focus more on state and local issues, except where critical matters are involved (e.g., budget and Obamacare). To that end, I found a great new website: Cal Watchdog. The website had a gem of a piece comparing and contrasting Jerry with Arnie: Arnold Was The Machiavellian Governor. A couple of passages caught my eye, and are essential for me to share:
In 2006, Schwarzenegger pushed through Assembly Bill 32 – the Global Warming Solutions Act – to capture the revenue premiums from long-term power contracts for green power. The roll out of AB32 by 2012 may backfire on California because the Obama administration plans to socialize the regional power grid and bust open the green energy cartel that California had hoped would reduce the state budge deficit.
Thus, the result of AB32 may not be less but greater dependence on imported power from other states – only it will be expensive green power not cheap coal power. As Machiavelli warned when referring to the regime of Cesare Borgia: “If his efforts came to nothing, it was not due to his own shortcomings, but to an extraordinary run of bad luck.” And bad luck it will be if Schwarzenegger’s legacy is greater dependence on imported power.
Schwarzenegger’s management of the so-called drought by declaring a statewide emergency in 2008 after only two years of normal light rainfall and snowpack was an example of bureaucratic capture. The drought required higher water rates in Southern California due to water conservation required as a result of a court shutting off water to farms and cities to protect a tiny fish. The court was hoodwinked by bogus science and later rescinded its water shut down order.
Water agencies in Southern California no longer enforce their water conservation ordinances but have not repealed their water rate hikes, arousing suspicions that the whole drought was fishy. Paraphrasing the new governor’s inaugural speech, Brown will have to discern a “problem” from a “condition,” and a contrived drought is not a condition of nature.
Schwarzenegger should have learned from the Klamath River Conflict in 2001 in Oregon where this trick of using a bogus environmental lawsuit to raise water rates and grab land and water rights from farmers was previously pulled off. Paraphrasing a classic proverb in the public water business: “Even when the water is shut off, water flows up hill toward money.”
Brown has wisely cleaned house of all the major department heads, including Lester Snow of the Department of Water Resources. It will be more difficult for Brown to succumb to bureaucratic and legal capture on the drought issue now that the meteorological gods have already dumped double the normal snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains for this time of year.
Brown has not mentioned if he will freeze the $4.1 billion of unspent funds from prior water bonds, which have mainly funded greenbelt projects around wealthy residential enclaves. Neither has he mentioned whether he will endorse the proposed $31 billion Consolidated Water Bond (including interest and matching fund mandates) on the upcoming 2012 ballot given that it is full of political pork and questionable projects, but no Peripheral Canal. If the economy doesn’t improve fast, the new bloated water bond has a snowball’s chance in Death Valley of passing.
B-daddy of the Liberator Today recommends the San Diego Union Tribune Watchdog. In this care, this article was cited: Petition gatherers told ‘you can’t make things up’.
My first FLAMING CAPITALIST PROMO of 2011. I am listening to the LaDona Harvey show on AM600 KOGO (noon – 3 pm), and am quite impressed. She has a golden voice, a great wit, and an independent take on news that effects San Diegans.