Friday, February 13, 2015

Worst Drought in 1000 years to come?

Some scientific publications are coming out with a preview of 2015 spring and summer. America may be on watch to have the worst drought conditions in its history. This doesn't bode well even if it comes close to happening for California. The slow change and water use culture, with the lack of rain and dwindling aquifers, may further exacerbate a very bad water problem.

In the meantime keep those lawn green and pools full.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Vintage Pasadena Police Pictures

I thought this was an interesting link. Always nostalgic for archives of days gone by.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Stunning Before and After Photos on California's Water Problem

Don't say I didn't warn you...

Much like guns, the water usage problem in California could benefit from an overall culture shift. Without the shift in thinking that watering your lawn (or having a lawn) is a measurement of prestige, we're going to keep running out of water.

Here's a link to some of the data at the  California Department of Water Resources.

Some Californians have responded, however. A drop in some regions of 10% of water usage during this time of drought.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Facepalm: Christmas attack or history attack?

All for media and the variance in opinions it will offer. Albeit, media nowadays is heavily censored around the political middle. But sometimes they go too far, as in they hire people who are good at making noise but aren't so smart about the topics they discuss. THis is a Fox news fail.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Californians on Legalizing Marijuana

As expected California Republicans are not in favour of legalizing marijuana, about an even split half and half. That's slightly higher than Democrats. Of course, this is all the wrong question to be asking. The 'war on drugs' has all but failed. The issue I have with it? The COST IN DOLLARS. To incarcerate, prosecute, to combat. This is massive amounts of money that would be better spent on consumption, for regular folks who are trying to make ends meet. Heck, use the money to lower taxes, then everybody wins. But as it stands now, the entire strategy and culture around marijuana needs to change. There must be a third way because the mass inefficiencies are pointing to the need for changes.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Who's Next? San Bernardino Faces Bankruptcy

In August 2012, San Bernardin, just an hour away, filed for bankruptcy protection. That comes on the heels of other cities and counties faced with a similar predicament. Rising costs, lower tax revenues, and unsustainable pension funds. Let's take a step back. Gone are the days where you could work your job for 40 years and retire comfortable with the company pension. if you're luck to even get a pension (many pensions are being lost through bankruptcy or worse) it's hardly enough to live on. That raises the need for Americans to be more diligent in saving for their retirement on their own. Nonetheless, if San Bernardino is up then who's next? A judge did grant the city time to figure out how to pay bills, the biggest burdens usually pensions. The city is now in bankruptcy protection as it is now deemed to be insolvent. Some, however, consider it a tactic to deal with cash flow problems.
The city must negotiate with its creditors and produce a final bankruptcy plan on which the judge will ultimately have to rule. Whether pension and other debt payments, including to holders of $50 million in pension obligation bonds, will have to be treated equally or not will remain a key issue - one that could eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court.
San Bernardino stopped paying its $1.2 million bimonthly employer payments to the nation's largest pension fund for a year after declaring bankruptcy, the first California city to halt payments to the fund. It resumed paying Calpers last month but continues to renege on payments to other creditors, including holders of $50 million in pension obligation bonds. Calpers notes the city owes 14 million. They want the money. The judge is rightly asking, if they get paid, who doesn't? That would mean many many many jobs. We're not out of the woods yet, and many counties and cities are still facing the cash flow crunch 5 years after the 2008 debacle. Who's next? With notes from the legal office of San Diego corporate lawyer Cecilia Chen.