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California Coastal Commission needs a reality check

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

No Wind Turbine on the Coast? IDIOTS!

By an 8-to-3 vote, the California Coastal Commission denied a request by a Santa Cruz County couple to install a wind turbine.

Commissioners said the windmill’s blades might hurt birds and the structure could visually mar the area. [The Santa Cruz Sentinel]. 

Visually maring the area?  Gimme a break!

The commission is tossing any flimsy excuse they can into the wind. Wild lions might be attracted. Swarms of locusts could descend upon us…get the picture? It’s also possible it might improve things. Truth is - they don’t know. 

Wind turbines, also known as wind mills, have been part of the American landscape for hundreds of years. They’re part of our heritage. They worked then…and will work now.

Aren’t we as a nation being encouraged to seek alternative energy sources? Wind power is such a source. What is going on with the California Coastal Commission?

Wind turbines along the coast makse sense. Harness the offshore and onshore breezes?  Sounds like a real good natural solution and win-win for the people of California - which is why it rattles the CCC’s cage.

The notion of American self-sufficiency is a huge part of our heritage. It is etched in our DNA…and it’s part of who we are. To be self-sufficient from big oil - the same big oil that paid off, er, I mean, contribuited to environental group EDC last week is in everyone’s interest. Do you think this why many Californians still feel things are going to hell in a handbasket?

Unnecessarily hurting wild birds or any wild animals is truly a sad state of affairs - but what about hurting people?  From the California Coastal Commission’s perspective, based on 30+ year’s of Civil Rights Abuse, hurting Californians isn’t a problem - and that is an even sadder state of affairs

The California Coastal Commission lost its grip on reality a long time ago and needs some mighty serious reform - term limits immediately comes to mind - but that reform is absolutely 100% guaranteed not going to come from within a broken system. 

Until the day things change, nothing will change on the California Coast. Californians will continue to leave the state in droves while the infrastructure continues to crash - which I believe is the ultimate goal of the CCC.

Coastal Turkeys - the real problem with California.

California on the Skids

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Twenty-thousand layoff notices go out Tuesday morning

LOS ANGELES — The state of California — its deficits ballooning, its lawmakers intransigent and its governor apparently free of allies or influence — appears headed off the fiscal rails.

(Source: NY TIMES)

Mathematically, it’s really simple. If people can’t build, they don’t by property, if they don’t buy property, the don’t pay property taxes. If there are no property taxes, the economy hits the rails, basic services, including police, and fire, follow soon thereafter. 

The state, nearly out of cash, has laid off scores of workers and put hundreds more on unpaid furloughs. It has stopped paying counties and issuing income tax refunds and halted thousands of infrastructure projects.

(Source: NY TIMES

In a democracy, what happens to the least of us happens to the most of us.

SINS OF COMMISSION documents several AMERICAN stories that happen to take place in California but could happen anywhere in America… whenever people come smack up against quasijudicial regulatory agencies: Agencies or commissions that make their own rules, enforces the rules they make, and then pass judgment - usually without the hope of appeal, since you’re appealing to the same commission who sentenced you. 

When the time comes for our elected representatives to explain why the state of California, once the 5th largest economy in the world, is being flushed out to sea faster than crap into the Santa Monica Bay, they won’t admit they allowed property rights to erode. The biggest offender, along the coast at least, is the California Coastal Commission.

As California government continued its grinding downshift toward insolvency, lawmakers appeared to be settling in for an overnight stay at the Capitol as they spent a fourth afternoon searching for the last vote needed to span the state budget gap.

(Source: LA TIMES)

California is faced with a projected $42 billion deficit (CNN).

Interesting footnote. A few weeks ago, I was invited to screen SINS OF COMMISSION to an organization in the real estate sector. But as quickly as I was invited, they uninvited me because they didn’t want to be seen as anti-coastal commission - even though members of this group have been hardest hit by the double whammy of the state’s economic crash, and onerous over-regulation by the triple C that is helping to bankrupt the state.

It’s sad to watch. The Golden State — which a decade ago was the booming technology capital of the world — has been done in by two decades of chronic overspending, overregulating and a hyperprogressive tax code that exaggerates the impact on state revenues of economic boom and bust. Total state expenditures have grown to $145 billion in 2008 from $104 billion in 2003 and California now has the worst credit rating in the nation — worse even than Louisiana’s. It also has the nation’s fourth highest unemployment rate of 9.3% (after Michigan, Rhode Island and South Carolina) and the second highest home foreclosure rate (after Nevada).

Roughly 1.4 million more nonimmigrant Americans have left California than entered over the last decade, according to the American Legislative Exchange Council. California is suffering more than most states from the housing bust, but its politicians also showed less spending restraint during the boom.

(Source: Wall Street Journal)

You don’t have to be a physical engineer to know once a foundation collapses, whatever is built on top goes down. That’s why Property rights is considered the “cornerstone” of democracy…. pull that away and poof - viola!

 



 
 
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