Local Lefty Bashing Republicans – Again!

Russ Steele

Never finding a good thing to say about Republican our local lefty blogger has latched on to an Op-Ed by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, in the Washington Post to promote their book new It’s Even Worse Than It Looks.  It is all Republicans Fault!

Karl at writing at Hot Air nails it!  Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein are ignoring the biggest problem of all created by the Democrats –Run Away Spending

Today’s post is much shorter than yesterday’s, because if you reread Ornstein and Mann, you will find none of this real-world context in their op-ed. In order for them to condemn Republicans as “the problem,” they ignore the country’s biggest problems, save for a passing reference to our exploding public debt as, er, “fiscal pressures.” They ignore the Democrats’ gross irresponsibility and dereliction in meeting the basic duties of governance, similarly burying their heads in the sand. They ignore that the Democrats’ preferred approach to the debt — when forced to consider it — has tended to fail worldwide. They denounce the GOP as ideologically extreme, public opinion data to the contrary. No wonder they demand the media switch entirely to a propaganda machine for the Democratic Party. Their reality-based community is a Potemkin village.

Here in California we have a similar problem, uncontrolled spending. The Democrats created a fake budget and then express amazement when the tax revenues do not roll into fill their budget fantasy.  California’s economy is in the tank. Democrats are totally in charge, and California’s economic failure is the Republican fault?  Only in a Democratic Potemkin village.

The New Class Warfare

Russ Steele

Joel Kotkin the Contributing Editor at The City Journal has written an extraordinary assessment of California’s social decline of the middel-class with a very dim view of our future under the the thumb of the states super-wealthy progressive elites.

Joel’s introduction to The New Class Warfare:

California’s super-wealthy progressives seem intent on destroying middle-class jobs.

Few states have offered the class warriors of Occupy Wall Street more enthusiastic support than California has. Before they overstayed their welcome and police began dispersing their camps, the Occupiers won official endorsements from city councils and mayors in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond, Irvine, Santa Rosa, and Santa Ana. Such is the extent to which modern-day “progressives” control the state’s politics.

But if those progressives really wanted to find the culprits responsible for the state’s widening class divide, they should have looked in a mirror. Over the past decade, as California consolidated itself as a bastion of modern progressivism, the state’s class chasm has widened considerably. To close the gap, California needs to embrace pro-growth policies, especially in the critical energy and industrial sectors—but it’s exactly those policies that the progressives most strongly oppose.

You can read the rest of this very long article HERE. Worth your time to read, as it summarizes may of the issues that I have posted on this blog and my former blog NC Media Watch.

Joel concludes on a modestly positive note:

California doesn’t even need to abandon its progressive tradition to narrow the class divide. Homebuilding, manufacturing, and warehousing could expand if regulatory burdens other than those associated with fighting climate change were merely modified—not repealed, but relaxed sufficiently to make it possible to do business, put people to work, and make a profit. New energy production could take place under strict regulatory oversight. Future industrial and middle-class suburban development could be tied to practical energy-conservation measures, such as promoting home-based businesses and better building standards. California’s agriculture industry—currently thriving, thanks to exports—could be less burdened by the constant threat of water cutbacks and new groundwater regulations.

Even from an environmental perspective, increased industrial growth in California might be a good thing. The state’s benign climate allows it to consume fossil-fuel energy far more efficiently than most states do, to say nothing of developing countries such as China. Keeping industry and middle-class jobs here may constitute a more intelligent ecological position than the prevailing green absolutism.

More important still is that a pro-growth strategy could help reverse California’s current feudalization. The same Public Policy Institute of California study shows that during the last broad-based economic boom, between 1993 and 2001, the 10th percentile of earners enjoyed stronger income growth than earners in the higher percentiles did. The lesson, which progressives once understood, is that upward mobility is best served by a growing economy. If they fail to remember that all-important fact, the greens and their progressive allies may soon have to place the California dream on their list of endangered species.

If your are aspiring to the middle-class, and your have the resources, it would be better for your to  look beyond California for you future.  You can return after the economic collapse and help us survivors rebuild this once great state.

Troubling Numbers for California’s Future

Russ Steele

There are growing signs that California, the once Golden State, is in serious trouble. Tax revenues are in decline and the educated middle class is fleeing the state for more job friendly locals. The Governor’s solution is to double down on green energy projects which are raising energy prices,  which will push more manufacturing and other blue-collar energy users out of the state.  Here are some of the scary numbers culled from my morning reading:

From the Summary Findings of the LAO Report on 2012-2013 budget

  • Franchise Tax Board collections are a couple of billion short.
  • Employment Development Department is $250 million short.
  • Personal Income tax is over $2 billion short.
  • Corporation taxes are $150 million short or 10% below predictions.=

Joel Kotkin writing in the Daily Beast

  • California energy costs are 50 percent above the national average, and expected to rise
  • Middle-skilled jobs (those that require two years or more of post-secondary education) increased by a mere 2 percent compared to a 5.3 percent increase nationwide, and almost 15 percent in Texas over last ten years.
  • In the science-technology-engineering and mathematics field the state has lost its edge, growing just 1.7 percent over the past 10 years compared to 5.4 percent nationally and 14 percent in Texas.
  • The middle class is proportionately smaller and has shrunk more than elsewhere. Adjusted for cost of living, it stands at 47.9 percent in California compared to nearly 55 percent for the rest of the country.
  • Nearly two-in-five Californians pay no income tax, and one in four receive Medicaid.

The Governor solution to these growing problems is to increase income and sales taxes, increase energy costs at the pump by mandating low carbon fuels, mandate more unreliable high cost renewable energy for the manufacturing sector, and implement cap and trade to raise the cost doing business in the state.

It is clear that California economy is not going anywhere but down, and the fall will be accelerating with the next round of housing foreclosures already in the pipeline.

How do we get out of this economic death spiral?

Prop 23 Update: Voters Remorse over AB-32 — Discovered it Means Higher Energy Costs

Russ Steele

John Kabateck,  CA Executive Director of the National Federation of Independent Business, writes in Fox & Hounds.

Folks at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) are fond of saying that with the defeat of Prop. 23 a few years ago voters made it clear they supported the agency’s plan for implementation of AB 32, the state’s global warming law.

Under that presumption, CARB has charged full speed ahead with the development of an astonishing array of regulations designed to re-invent California’s energy platform and reduce global warming, with an equally astonishing price tag.

A new poll just released by the AB 32 Implementation Group should serve as a reality check for what is arguably the most powerful state agency in the nation, and the least inhibited by strict legislative oversight.

While a slim majority of voters surveyed indicated they support AB 32 itself, they sang quite a different tune when asked if they were willing to pay higher prices for electricity, gas, food and other essential commodities in order to fund CARB’s greenhouse gas reduction policies, such as its proposed cap and trade auction.

Two-thirds of poll respondents expressed unflinchingly intense opposition to the cap and trade auction, viewing it as a hidden energy tax costly to consumers and vulnerable to market manipulation by Wall Street bankers.

Only 39% said they were willing to pay more for a gallon of gas, and most of those were unwilling to go higher than 50 cents a gallon at most.

And they feel strongly that Californians alone in all the country should not be forced to pay higher prices for energy, goods and services while citizens elsewhere are free of this burden since their states have not adopted climate change policies remotely as ambitious as ours.

You can read the rest of the article HERE. The author concludes:

. . . that as currently planned regulations such as the cap and trade auction will cost billions of dollars, displace workers and drive productive, tax-paying businesses out of the state in search of a regulatory environment in which they actually have a chance of staying in the black.

One of the reasons that Prop 23 failed was that CARB crafted a clever campaign to portray saving AB32 as an ozone health issue. Even though there was no mention of ozone in the whole regulation.  CARB, their grant whore supporters, and going green VCs out spend the opposition 3 to 1. Millions to bamboozle Prop 23 voters into thinking that AB32 was about clean air issues, such as ozone.  Now those bamboozled voters are learning the truth. It was not about ozone, it was all about collecting cap and trade $billions for CARBs going green slush fund.  Now the Governor is trying to figure out how to get his hands on that slush fund to save his budget.

Remember When Smart Meters Were for Customer Convenience?

Russ Steele

I learned the other day that PG&E will be implementing peak day pricing. They will be jacking up the price of electricity during the peak hours for California business and agriculture.  How will PG&E know how much energy a business is using in during peak hours — SmartMeters?

The PG&E webpage has the details HERE:

California businesses are moving to a new electric rate structure called Time-Varying Pricing, part of a statewide energy plan that will be implemented by all investor-owned utilities in the state.

Time-Varying Pricing is designed to help protect the state’s electricity resources. During weekday afternoons, when demand is higher than in the morning or at night, rates are higher; at other times they will be lower. Conserving energy during peak periods, by even a small amount, can help you lower your annual bills.

As I have pointed out before, in the transition to renewable energy sources utilities have less flexibility to crank up another generator to meet the demand. They will not have the generators to crank up, as they will be unable to command the wind blows more, or the sun to shines harder.

One of the strategies is to jack up the price of electrical energy when the demand goes up on hot afternoons.  They hope that increasing the cost of energy will force business to curtail power use on those hot afternoons. Shutting off the AC, turning off lights, and shutting down the machines.

In my estimation, this will force high energy users to leave the state.  Some business cannot just run off the lights and shut down the machines because PG&E is locked into renewable energy by CARB and AB-32.

New EPA Enforcement Method: Political Crucifixion of Oil and Gas Companies

Russ Steele

This video came in over the e-mail transom:

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) took to the Senate floor today to draw attention to a video of a top EPA official saying the EPA’s “philosophy” is to “crucify” and “make examples” of oil and gas companies – just as the Romans crucified random citizens in areas they conquered to ensure obedience.

Inhofe quoted a little-watched video from 2010 of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official, Region VI Administrator Al Armendariz, admitting that EPA’s “general philosophy” is to “crucify” and “make examples” of oil and gas companies.

The audio in this video is a bit weak, Administrator Armendariz says:

“I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement, and I think it was probably a little crude and maybe not appropriate for the meeting, but I’ll go ahead and tell you what I said:

“It was kind of like how the Romans used to, you know, conquer villages in the Mediterranean.  They’d go in to a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they’d crucify them.

“Then, you know, that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.”

“It’s a deterrent factor,” Armendariz said, explaining that the EPA is following the Romans’ philosophy for subjugating conquered villages.

Soon after Armendariz touted the EPA’s “philosophy,” the EPA began smear campaigns against natural gas producers, Inhofe’s office noted in advance of today’s Senate speech:

“Not long after Administrator Armendariz made these comments in 2010, EPA targeted US natural gas producers in Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming.

“In all three of these cases, EPA initially made headline-grabbing statements either insinuating or proclaiming outright that the use of hydraulic fracturing by American energy producers was the cause of water contamination, but in each case their comments were premature at best – and despite their most valiant efforts, they have been unable to find any sound scientific evidence to make this link.”

In his Senate speech, Sen. Inhofe said the video provides Americans with “a glimpse of the Obama administration’s true agenda.”

That agenda, Inhofe said, is to “incite fear” in the public with unsubstantiated claims and “intimidate” oil and gas companies with threats of unjustified fines and penalties – then, quietly backtrack once the public’s perception has been firmly jaded against oil and natural gas.

This how the Obama administration leads, by fear and intimidation. Comply,  or be crushed. Do we need four mores of this?

First the Brits and then California?

Russ Steele

Britain was one of the global leaders in going green with huge investments in alternative energy subsidies driving up energy costs. As the climate turned colder many of the UK’s elder citizens on pensions had to decide, heat or eat.  Now we learn, that Britain’s economy is on the cusp of a financial crisis.

From CNBC this morning:

Britain’s economy slid into its second recession since the financial crisis after official data unexpectedly showed a fall in output in the first three months of 2012, piling pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron’s embattled coalition government.

The Office for National Statistics said Britain’s gross domestic product fell 0.2 percent in the first quarter of 2012 after contracting by 0.3 percent at the end of 2011, confounding forecasts for 0.1 percent growth.

Most economists had expected Britain’s $2.4 trillion economy to eke out modest growth in the early 2012, but these forecasts were upset by the biggest fall in construction output in three years coupled with anaemic service sector growth and a fall in industrial output.

California under the thumb of CARB and AB32 continues down the same road that the Brits took, mandating alternative energy and reducing reliance on fossil fuels.  The states energy prices are rising and our most productive people are leaving the state, as business leave or expand else where.  We are fortunate that our climate is not as cold as the UK, and many CA citizens will not be shivering in the cold.

However, as energy prices keep climbing and unemployment increases, the state is highly vulnerable to a double dip recession.  Are we next?

Did exploding stars help life on Earth to thrive?

Russ Steele

Today the Royal Astronomical Society in London published Henrik Svensmark’s latest paper entitled “Evidence of nearby supernovae affecting life on Earth”. After years of effort Svensmark shows how the variable frequency of stellar explosions not far from our planet has ruled over the changing fortunes of living things throughout the past half billion years.

All the details can be found at the Next Grand Minimum, including a copy of the paper.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

MSNBC reports that the lack of temperature rise in the last 12 years has convinced environmentalist James Lovelock ( The Gaia Hypothesis) that the climate alarmism wasn’t warranted.

From his Wikipedia entry: Writing in the British newspaper The Independent in January 2006, Lovelock argues that, as a result of global warming, “billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable” by the end of the 21st century.

He has been quoted in The Guardian that 80% of humans will perish by 2100 AD, and this climate change will last 100,000 years. According to James Lovelock, by 2040, the world population of more than six billion will have been culled by floods, drought and famine. Indeed “[t]he people of Southern Europe, as well as South-East Asia, will be fighting their way into countries such as…

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You Will Not Read This On Lefty Blogs

Russ Steele

Our local left, likes to publish surveys that make Republicans look bad.  Power Line’s Steven Hayward brings this Pew Survey to our attention via the Daily Caller

The Daily Caller reports on a recent Pew survey that finds Republicans are better informed than Democrats on political issues:

On eight of 13 questions about politics, Republicans outscored Democrats by an average of 18 percentage points, according to a new Pew survey titled “Partisan Differences in Knowledge.”

The Pew survey adds to a wave of surveys and studies showing that GOP-sympathizers are better informed, more intellectually consistent, more open-minded, more empathetic and more receptive to criticism than their fellow Americans who support the Democratic Party.

Steven Hayward favorite factoid of the story:

A March Washington Post poll showed that Democrats were more willing to change their views about a subject to make their team look good. For example, in 2006, 73 percent of Democrats said the GOP-controlled White House could lower gas prices, but that number fell by more than half to 33 percent in 2012 once a Democrat was in the White House.

Remember when Bush and Cheney, those nasty oil guys, were responsible for high gas prices, now with Obama in the WH it is those nasty speculators. This real issue in both cases is the lack of a comprehensive national energy plan.  We cannot get there until we know there is!

On Earth Day – Video Says It All!

Arctic Ice Area Approaching Abnormally High Range

Reblogged from Real Science by Steven Goddard

Note: Real Science blog has been hacked with the hackers claiming that Steven Goddard has died. He is very much alive and his alternative site is HERE.

In a sure sign of devastating global warming, Arctic ice area is nearly one standard deviation above normal:

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Meanwhile, Antarctic ice has been above normal for the entire year.

via Arctic Ice Area Approaching Abnormally High Range | Real Science.

Sun with Four Poles?

Russ Steele

Could the sun end up with for poles? What would be the impact on earth?

Details at the Next Grand Minimum HERE. 

Joel Kotkin: The Great California Exodus

Russ Steele

The WSJ speaks for its self, however I am going to extracts key portions. The full article is HERE.

A leading U.S. demographer and ‘Truman Democrat’ talks about what is driving the middle class out of the Golden State.

By ALLYSIA FINLEY

‘California is God’s best moment,” says Joel Kotkin. “It’s the best place in the world to live.” Or at least it used to be.

Mr. Kotkin, one of the nation’s premier demographers, left his native New York City in 1971 to enroll at the University of California, Berkeley. The state was a far-out paradise for hipsters who had grown up listening to the Mamas & the Papas’ iconic “California Dreamin’” and the Beach Boys’ “California Girls.” But it also attracted young, ambitious people “who had a lot of dreams, wanted to build big companies.” Think Intel, Apple and Hewlett-Packard.

Now, however, the Golden State’s fastest-growing entity is government and its biggest product is red tape. The first thing that comes to many American minds when you mention California isn’t Hollywood or tanned girls on a beach, but Greece. Many progressives in California take that as a compliment since Greeks are ostensibly happier. But as Mr. Kotkin notes, Californians are increasingly pursuing happiness elsewhere.

Nearly four million more people have left the Golden State in the last two decades than have come from other states. This is a sharp reversal from the 1980s, when 100,000 more Americans were settling in California each year than were leaving. According to Mr. Kotkin, most of those leaving are between the ages of 5 and 14 or 34 to 45. In other words, young families.

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“Basically, if you don’t own a piece of Facebook or Google and you haven’t robbed a bank and don’t have rich parents, then your chances of being able to buy a house or raise a family in the Bay Area or in most of coastal California is pretty weak,” says Mr. Kotkin.

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And things will only get worse in the coming years as Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and his green cadre implement their “smart growth” plans to cram the proletariat into high-density housing. “What I find reprehensible beyond belief is that the people pushing [high-density housing] themselves live in single-family homes and often drive very fancy cars, but want everyone else to live like my grandmother did in Brownsville in Brooklyn in the 1920s,” Mr. Kotkin declares.

“The new regime”—his name for progressive apparatchiks who run California’s government—”wants to destroy the essential reason why people move to California in order to protect their own lifestyles.”

Housing is merely one front of what he calls the “progressive war on the middle class.” Another is the cap-and-trade law AB32, which will raise the cost of energy and drive out manufacturing jobs without making even a dent in global carbon emissions. Then there are the renewable portfolio standards, which mandate that a third of the state’s energy come from renewable sources like wind and the sun by 2020. California’s electricity prices are already 50% higher than the national average. [emphasis added]

Oh, and don’t forget the $100 billion bullet train. Mr. Kotkin calls the runaway-cost train “classic California.” “Where [Brown] with the state going bankrupt is even thinking about an expenditure like this is beyond comprehension. When the schools are falling apart, when the roads are falling apart, the bridges are unsafe, the state economy is in free fall. We’re still doing much worse than the rest of the country, we’ve got this growing permanent welfare class, and high-speed rail is going to solve this?”

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In the governor’s dreams, green jobs will replace all of the “tangible jobs” that the state’s losing in agriculture, manufacturing, warehousing and construction. But “green energy doesn’t create enough energy!” Mr. Kotkin exclaims. “And it drives up the price of energy, which then drives out other things.” Notwithstanding all of the subsidies the state lavishes on renewables, green jobs only make up about 2% of California’s private-sector work force—no more than they do in Texas.

Of course, there are plenty of jobs to be had in energy, just not the type the new California regime wants. An estimated 25 billion barrels of oil are sitting untapped in the vast Monterey and Bakersfield shale deposits. “You see the great tragedy of California is that we have all this oil and gas, we won’t use it,” Mr. Kotkin says. “We have the richest farm land in the world, and we’re trying to strangle it.” He’s referring to how water restrictions aimed at protecting the delta smelt fish are endangering Central Valley farmers.

Meanwhile, taxes are harming the private economy. According to the Tax Foundation, California has the 48th-worst business tax climate. Its income tax is steeply progressive. Millionaires pay a top rate of 10.3%, the third-highest in the country. But middle-class workers—those who earn more than $48,000—pay a top rate of 9.3%, which is higher than what millionaires pay in 47 states.

And Democrats want to raise taxes even more. Mind you, the November ballot initiative that Mr. Brown is spearheading would primarily hit those whom Democrats call “millionaires” (i.e., people who make more than $250,000 a year). Some Republicans have warned that it will cause a millionaire march out of the state, but Mr. Kotkin says that “people who are at the very high end of the food chain, they’re still going to be in Napa. They’re still going to be in Silicon Valley. They’re still going to be in West L.A.”

That said, “It’s really going to hit the small business owners and the young family that’s trying to accumulate enough to raise a family, maybe send their kids to private school. It’ll kick them in the teeth.”

A worker in Wichita might not consider those earning $250,000 a year middle class, but “if you’re a guy working for a Silicon Valley company and you’re married and you’re thinking about having your first kid, and your family makes 250-k a year, you can’t buy a closet in the Bay Area,” Mr. Kotkin says. “But for 250-k a year, you can live pretty damn well in Salt Lake City. And you might be able to send your kids to public schools and own a three-bedroom, four-bath house.”

According to Mr. Kotkin, these upwardly mobile families are fleeing in droves. As a result, California is turning into a two-and-a-half-class society. On top are the “entrenched incumbents” who inherited their wealth or came to California early and made their money. Then there’s a shrunken middle class of public employees and, miles below, a permanent welfare class. As it stands today, about 40% of Californians don’t pay any income tax and a quarter are on Medicaid.

It’s “a very scary political dynamic,” he says. “One day somebody’s going to put on the ballot, let’s take every penny over $100,000 a year, and you’ll get it through because there’s no real restraint. What you’ve done by exempting people from paying taxes is that they feel no responsibility. That’s certainly a big part of it.

And the welfare recipients, he emphasizes, “aren’t leaving. Why would they? They get much better benefits in California or New York than if they go to Texas. In Texas the expectation is that people work.”

California used to be more like Texas—a jobs magnet. What happened? For one, says the demographer, Californians are now voting more based on social issues and less on fiscal ones than they did when Ronald Reagan was governor 40 years ago. Environmentalists are also more powerful than they used to be. And Mr. Brown facilitated the public-union takeover of the statehouse by allowing state workers to collectively bargain during his first stint as governor in 1977.

Mr. Kotkin also notes that demographic changes are playing a role. As progressive policies drive out moderate and conservative members of the middle class, California’s politics become even more left-wing. It’s a classic case of natural selection, and increasingly the only ones fit to survive in California are the very rich and those who rely on government spending. In a nutshell, “the state is run for the very rich, the very poor, and the public employees.”

So if California’s no longer the Golden land of opportunity for middle-class dreamers, what is?

Mr. Kotkin lists four “growth corridors”: the Gulf Coast, the Great Plains, the Intermountain West, and the Southeast. All of these regions have lower costs of living, lower taxes, relatively relaxed regulatory environments, and critical natural resources such as oil and natural gas.

Take Salt Lake City. “Almost all of the major tech companies have moved stuff to Salt Lake City.” That includes Twitter, Adobe, eBay and Oracle.

Then there’s Texas, which is on a mission to steal California’s tech hegemony. Apple just announced that it’s building a $304 million campus and adding 3,600 jobs in Austin. Facebook established operations there last year, and eBay plans to add 1,000 new jobs there too.

Even Hollywood is doing more of its filming on the Gulf Coast. “New Orleans is supposedly going to pass New York as the second-largest film center. They have great incentives, and New Orleans is the best bargain for urban living in the United States. It’s got great food, great music, and it’s inexpensive.”

What about the Midwest and the Rust Belt? Can they recover from their manufacturing losses?

“What those areas have is they’ve got a good work ethic,” Mr. Kotkin says. “There’s an established skill base for industry. They’re very affordable, and they’ve got some nice places to live. Indianapolis has become a very nice city.” He concedes that such places will have a hard time eclipsing California or Texas because they’re not as well endowed by nature. But as the Golden State is proving, natural endowments do not guarantee permanent prosperity.

H/T to a regular reader of this blog for bring this article to my attention. As he said, it “says it all”  If our grandkids were to were to leave, I and sure that Ellen and I would follow. Let hope both sets go to the same place. 

GoNevadaCounty Update (Updated)

Russ Steel

The Friday County CEO Friday Memo had this update on the Nevada County Tourism Web Site.

The success of the County’s tourism website, GoNevadaCounty.com, continues to grow. A new daily blog, with regularly refreshed content and photos, and collaboration with other tourism stakeholders have all contributed to more traffic being driven to and from the site.  In its April report, Sierra Food/Wine/Art notes, “We continue to see an upward swing as new visitors are attracted to GoNevadaCounty.com and returning visitors check out what is new, up 388% over November 2011.  [The number of total visitors was 754 in November and 2732 in March].  The number of pages being viewed has increased 462% since November 2011 [1,795 vs. 8082].  Pages per visit is holding steady at just under 3 pages per visit.”  The SEO score, which measures how efficiently a website is generating visitors through the use of key search terms, was at 73% in November; an ideal score is at least 90.  It is now holding steady at 92%.   GoNevadaCounty.com’s Facebook page has also grown in popularity, from 59 “Likes” in November to 365 at this writing.  The site is active with new posts daily by community groups, businesses and individuals adding their comments and announcements on the page.

I have been monitoring the traffic at GoNevadaCounty HERE.  I am please to hear that the site is getting more traffic.  According to the write up the site had 754 visitors in November 2011.  According to Compete Site Analysis, a free service, the number of visitors in November 2011 was 805, just a little more than the SEO Service that the Sierra Food/Wine/Art Editor reported. In March the Editor reported 2732 visitors. According to Compete it was 1,182. I found the size of the difference surprising even though it just a sample, given how close the starting point was.   Here is the plot.

Update (04-20-12, 22:20) Full list of analytics for GoNevadaCounty is HERE.

I have been monitoring the ranking of GoNevadaCounty HERE and we are seeing some improvement in the rankings, but none from the starting point. The best site on the internet is a rank of #1.

Starting Rank:

Current Rank:

 

The Compete numbers are estimates and leave the door open for a challenge, but I wonder about huge difference between the March number when the November numbers were so close.

Here is KNCO for comparison:

I would like to see the real numbers.  I wonder if the County is tracking the real numbers, or are they just taking the Sierra Food/Wine/Art Editor numbers at face value.  The performance of the contractor according to the contract was to be measured by the number of new visitors. I recommend the following:

  1. The County use a third party to do the performance analysis to insure impartial results.
  2. The GoNevadaCounty web site include the number of monthly visitors on the website, so the public can track the real numbers.

Note: Found the full site analytics on the County Web Site. 

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