The SCAQMD wants to raise your taxes

[Source: OC Register] In what appears to be the very definition of an out-of-control government agency, the staff of the South Coast Air Quality Management District has decided to pursue its own plan for raising the sales tax in four counties by a quarter-percent. The SCAQMD doesn’t have the authority to put tax-increase proposals on Read More…

Californians voted to spend billions on more water storage, but state government keeps sitting on the cash

[Source: Los Angeles Times] We could be headed into another drought. There’s little Sierra snow and valleys are dry. Is California ready this time? Not really. Good signs: There’s still a lot of water stashed in reservoirs from last year’s abnormally wet winter. And we’ve become better at using less water in our homes and Read More…

Is Trump’s EPA chief bluffing? Or will he gut California’s tough emissions standards?

[Source: Sacramento Bee] California officials and clean air advocates are increasingly concerned the Trump administration may attempt to unravel a key program to drive down greenhouse gas emissions from automobile fleets while also jeopardizing the ability of California and other states to set pollution standards stronger than federal rules. Backed by automakers, Trump officials are Read More…

Kimberly-Clark to close its paper-products plant in Fullerton, which employs 330 people

[Source: Orange County Register] Kimberly-Clark intends to shutter its plant here as part of a restructuring it announced last month, the paper products giant has confirmed. The plant, which opened in 1956, employs 330 people. “Kimberly-Clark has informed employees at the Fullerton manufacturing facility of its proposed plan to close this facility,” company spokesperson Terry Read More…

What are your rights and responsibilities if your L.A. business gets raided by ICE?

[Source: San Francisco Business Times] Efforts by Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers to turn California into a “sanctuary state” may run headlong into a widespread immigration crackdown by federal officials, leaving some businesses and employers in the crossfire. A report from the San Francisco Chronicle said that U.S. immigration officials are preparing for a “major Read More…