With complex labor regulations, steady increases in the minimum wage, and controversy over illegal immigrant labor, many growers would have yanked their peach orchards and raisin vineyards even without the hope of enormous profits, just to escape the tentacles of California bureaucracies.

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EPA violated the law

The EPA wants to make puddles their purview, so they broke the law. NYT WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency engaged in “covert propaganda” and violated federal law when it blitzed social media to urge the public to back an Obama administration rule...

Media coverage of the “1,000 year flood” demonstrates how nonsense becomes “fact” when repeated often enough

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Context for VW’s sins

WSJ editorial …According to EPA, a software switch senses whether the car “is being tested or not based on various inputs including position of steering wheel, vehicle speed, the duration of the engine’s operation and barometric pressure” and these “inputs...

The EPA’s email problem

Most know that former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson used a fake email address to conduct official business. Now there’s another sneaky one at the EPA. Kimberly Strassel in WSJ When a government official (think Hillary Clinton) uses a private email account for...

Why California is thirsty

In the early ’90s, I did PR work for a desalination plant–it was in the exploratory stage–to be built in Ventura County. The next few winters were wet and no political leader talked about desalination anymore. They did talk about climate change and...