Not enough answers from CARB’s Mary Nichols

Russ Steele

I have posted before about Rep Darrell Issa’s probe of CARB and is secret role in help set the new fuel standards HERE.

Now Representative Issa, House Oversight Committee Chairman, is intensifying his probe into the California Air Resources Board and it’s role in negotiations that led to the tough new federal fuel economy standards.

Issa initially asked CARB 17 questions, which Mary Nichols at CARB answered, however the information provided so far by the state agency had some serious holes. Details in a story by the Press-Enterprise:

Though she provided responses to 17 questions related to the negotiations, Issa wants more information, and his committee staffers are drafting another request to be delivered to the air board before the end of the year.

Moore said the panel wants details about reports that those involved in the talks were asked to put nothing in writing and leak no part of the discussions to the news media. In her initial response, Nichols said no written documents were created to her knowledge but that she knew of no direction from Obama administration officials to refrain from doing so.

Issa also wants answers on why Nichols didn’t provide any documents related to negotiations with the Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Moore said. Separate documentation shows that officials from the two agencies were involved in meetings on 116 occasions, Moore said.

It is getting tougher and tougher for CARB to lie it’s way out of the mess they have created, all to solve a non-existing problem.  When is it finally clear that humans have no control over the climate, or for that matter the weather, who will  hold these bureaucratic liars responsible for the damage they have done to our economy?

California Makes Another List – Worst Run State in the Nation

Russ Steele

Wyoming and California were respectively named the best- and worst-run states in the U.S. this year, according to a new study by 24/7 Wall Street Details HERE.

  •  Wyoming came out on top overall by having a state debt per capita of $2,452.
  •  Only 14.9 percent of the Wyoming’s population didn’t have health insurance.
  •   Only 10.3 percent was classified as living below the poverty line and unemployment was at 5.8 percent — the sixth lowest in the nation.
  •  The study reported 92.3 percent of adults over 25 have a high school diploma.
  •  Wyoming was also recorded having the fourth lowest violent crime rate.

Contrary to Wyoming, California was ranked the worst-run state of all 50 states.

  • California state debt per capital of $3,660 — the 21st highest in the nation.
  • California ranked poorly with 18.5 percent of the state’s population without health insurance and 14.5 percent below the poverty line.
  •  California’s unemployment rate ranked second highest in the nation at 11.9 percent
  •  California has the second lowest percentage of adults who have earned a high school diploma in the nation.

The complete list (from best to worst) is as follows:

1. Wyoming

2. Nebraska

3. North Dakota

4. Minnesota

5. Iowa

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Yes, Yes, Sign me up!

Russ Steele

The Sac Bee has the story HERE:

A constitutional amendment to switch California’s Legislature to a part-time body meeting about three months per year was proposed today by a Republican lawmaker and the head of a political watchdog group.

The measure by Republican Assemblywoman Shannon Grove of Bakersfield, and Ted Costa of People’s Advocate, also would cut legislators’ salaries from $7,940 per month to $1,500 per month — or $18,000 annually.

The measure was filed today with the state Attorney General’s Office, a first step toward launching a campaign to gather the 807,615 signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot, Costa said.

Separately, two Republican Assembly members have vowed to make a legislative push next year for lawmakers to serve part time.

I was discussing this issue with Greg Marks, Dan Logue’s local representative at the Contractors Association Christmas Party last night. Great party by the way, well attended and more up beat this year than last year, but I digress.  Dan is working on a bill to establish a part time legislature. I volunteered to help in any way possible. Any legislature that turns out 750s bill a year, with out resending any of the useless bill they pass in past session needs to be brought up short. Maybe cutting the time they are in session might make them focus on the real issues for once. I will certainly get behind the above initiative effort.

Truckee Makes Top Ten Most Expensive Places to Live (edited)

Russ Steele

I was looking at the ACCRA Cost of Living Index and almost dropped my coffee on the keyboard when I read that Nevada County aka Truckee was number 9 on the Top Ten Most expensive places to live.

The ACCRA Cost of Living Index measures regional differences in the cost of consumer goods and services, excluding taxes and non-consumer expenditures, for professional and managerial households in the top income quintile. It is based on more than 90,000 prices covering 60 different items for which prices are collected quarterly by chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, and university applied economic centers in each participating urban area. Small differences should not be interpreted as showing a measurable difference.

The composite index is based on six component categories – housing, utilities, grocery items, transportation, health care and miscellaneous goods and services.

More details HERE.

We missed the low cost to do business list, but made the high cost of living list.  We have our work cut our for us, how do we counter this kind of negative publicity?