Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Trump Arrives in California

California Republicans have been dwindling in numbers comprising out most one quarter of the electorate in the State. They may have a chance to pick the next presidential nominee as Donald Trump's growing juggernaut arrives.

It wasn't very long ago that the Trump escapade looked just like that, a circus that included more snide remarks then competent policy.

The fresh, no-nonsense attitude, and the perceived disconnect from years in politics has scored well with most Republicans. Despite what the political elite in the party wished for, the voters thinking of something different.

At this point there doesn't appear to be any stop being the potential of Presidential  nominee Donald Trump. Whether do you can win or not is the only question left to answer.

Adult Use of Marijuana Act to hit Ballot

The nov 8th ballot might (seems likely now) to include the Adult Use of Marijuana Act . The measure would allow adults ages 21 and up to possess, transport and use up to an ounce of marijuana for recreational purposes and grow as many as six plants.

Enough signatures were collected to put the measure on the ballot. (Currently sitting at over 600,000.)

The balance here is the lost 'war on drugs'. Now, lead by Colorado, governments realize the revenue potential of legalize small quantities of the drug. A 15% tax is anticipated to be pegged on sales.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Could it be Trump?

The fracturing in the Republican Party over the past eight years as come to a head. Without any competent front runner, the party seems to be slated to pick, of all nominees, Donald Trump.

What seemed impossible only months ago how seems destined for reality. The ones bankrupt Trump is more known for his lucrative business deals and B-celebrity status, then he is for any form of political acumen.

That doesn't seem to be stopping voters. In fact it's working to his advantage. What's disconcerting about the whole enterprise is quite simply his rhetoric. the 'fresh attitude' needed in Washington is going points with prospective voters, but his inability to display common sense and common courtesy to his rivals could I will be his undoing. How he seems to continue  to garner support despite is at times immature commentary, speaks volumes about voters, but also speaks volumes about the state of the Republican Party.

One thing is absolutely for certain, after this has all blown over there will be a complete overhaul of the Party.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Water shortage and legislation

With no end in sight with the ongoing water shortage crisis, and no end insight for rising demand for water, the apt question to ask is whether legislators doing about the growing problem?

There're a number of discussion drafts for proposed legislation attempting to address short and long-term water needs for the State.

The concern most people have is whether or not it's too little too late.

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-feinstein-water-20160121-story.html


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

residential storm water capture program

There's no shortage of ways residents are trying to employ to reduce their water usage. With no conceivable end in sight, the changes are now shifting a culture of water usage, and it's going to be a permanent change.

Some ways to get creative on capturing what rainfall does fall comes in the form of water capture for homes.

Check it out. http://la.curbed.com/archives/2015/11/stormwater_capture_los_angeles.php

Monday, November 2, 2015

Beverly HIlls Fined for Water Violations

It seems as though the rich can do wahtever they want. As everyone else tightens their belts, the city of Beverly Hills was fined for breaking water restriction regulations. And there's really no reason for them to stop either. The fine is a whopping 61K.

Of course, is residential consumption really the problem? In the grand scheme of things yes, but not to the extent the likes of agriculture siphons off water to produce produce.

If you want to blame water over usage then blame almonds. Yes, almonds, those nasty nuts that suck water like it was free....oh wait, the price farmers pay for water is practically that....

More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/31/us-california-drought-fines-idUSKCN0SO2IY20151031#YUzpEgseyzeydRRF.97

Monday, July 6, 2015

California anti-vaxxers almost done

California’s anti-vaxxers will no longer be able send unvaccinated kids to school, if a bill passed by the State Assembly gets signed into law. The bill closes the loophole allowing parents to not vaccinate their child due to personal beliefs. Parents can still choose not to vaccinate their children, but those kids won’t be allowed to attend public schools or daycares, and will have to either be homeschooled or enter a private school. There are a few exceptions: kids who can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons are exempt from the ruling, and only 10 specific vaccines are required, including the vaccines for measles, mumps, and rubella. Children who have special education needs will also still be guaranteed access to resources they need if they are booted from public school for being unvaccinated. The anti-vaccination movement has had a noticeable impact on vaccination rates around the US and have been responsible for outbreaks of measles, mumps, and pertussis. Hopefully science will prevail and personal choices, beliefs, and more often than not herd mentality, will be put aside for the good of the children.