Some Things to Ponder: 07-04-12

Russ Steele

Some things to ponder this 4th of July:

  •  We just returned from a trip to Bend Oregon and did not see any signs of the economic blight we are experiencing in California, why is that? No empty car dealerships, no boarded up shops, no foreclosure signs.  Why are our neighbors to the North doing so much better that we are?
  • Why is CARB seeking legislation to exempt their cap-and-trade fraud from the open meeting laws of California. What is it that they want to hide, or have to hide, from the public?
  • Why is the Governor seeking a CEQA exemption for the high-speed rail project? If the CEQA is good for all of California, why is it not good for high-speed rail?
  • What is the real impact of Grass Valley deciding to out-source their assembly and testing to firms out side of Nevada County, and maybe out side of the State. Will Grass Valley become just a design facility.  Design facilities do not generate the tax revenue that a manufacturing facility generates. Nevada City leaders were depending on that manufacturing tax revenue to pay off the City Hall renovation bonds.
  • Why was the Tea Party Patriots the largest unit in the Nevada City 4th of July Parade, larger than the Republican unit, or the Democrat unit, or for that matter the Peace Center?
  • The San Diego Fireworks display was scheduled to last 20 minute. Why did the San Diego fireworks display last only last 9 seconds?

Somethings to ponder the rest of the week. Do you have any answer for these puzzling questions?


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

3 Responses to Some Things to Ponder: 07-04-12

  1. Brad Croul says:

    Re: Bend, OR, – if you travelled up Hwy 97, no cities or towns between Weed and Bend ever “popped” so there would be no obvious boom-bust effects (there is not a lot of “anything” between Weed and Bend except scenic countryside). Bend definitely got hit hard when the real estate bubble popped. Bend is more of a playground/ second home/ retirement community now than a logging or cattle town so it would be hard to compare it to Stockton or parts of greater Sacramento with their larger working class housing developments and related foreclosures.

  2. gjrebane says:

    We have to remember that CARB is a rogue agency of the California state government that is staffed by people of dubious character and meager, if not missing, credentials. They have no chance for an equivalent quality of life if forced to compete for private sector jobs. Their work product has been shown to be beyond suspect, especially as it applies to AB32. Their means and methods cannot stand the light of day because the public outcry would be ruinous for them and their political backers in Sacramento. They survive by operating by fiat in the dark of night.

  3. Here is another thing to ponder.

    California new jobless claims 8,239 last week the largest weekly increase in the nation. The most layoff were in the service industry.

    Manufacturing went south, now the service industry is headed in the same direction.

    We are on the cusp of a depression in CA, if we are not already there.

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