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by Wayne Lusvardi | Pasadena

“Demography is destiny” is a phrase attributed to the 19th Century French father of sociology August Comte. And California’s current budget crisis is due to the destiny of its demography and the loss of what is called “the culture wars” as much or more as it is to anything else. [...]

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An Open Letter To Gerald Parksy

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

by Wayne Lusvardi | Pasadena

An Open Letter To Gerald Parksy, Chairman, California Commission on the 21st Century Economy - Re: Split Commercial/Residential Property Tax Roll Under Prop 13

The Honorable Gerald Parsky, Chairman
Commission on the 21st Century Economy
C/O Mark Ibele, PhD, Staff Director

http://www.cotce.ca.gov/

Re:  Split Property Tax Roll Under California Proposition 13

Dear Chairman Parsky:

I read with [...]

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by Wayne Lusvardi | Pasadena

Ambrose Bierce in The Devil’s Dictionary satirically defined electricity as the power that causes all natural phenomena not known to be caused by something else.  This definition seems apt for California Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32), also known as the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. AB 32, which mandates [...]

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by Wayne Lusvardi | Pasadena

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a drought emergency perhaps to find a legal way around the court order shutting down 85% of water to Southern California and to farmers purportedly to protect the Delta Smelt fish in the Sacramento Delta.

Absent any legal relaxation of the California Environmental Quality Act, [...]

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by Wayne Lusvardi | Pasadena

Recently, New York Times columnist and pop sociologist David Brooks has called Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin a “cancer to the Republican Party” for her alleged “anti-intellectualism.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/08/david-brooks-sarah-palin_n_133001.html

Brooks may have a point (up to a point) but opens up a line of argument that can be turned on its head.

To [...]

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by Wayne Lusvardi Pasadena

An oft-repeated phrase used by public agencies in California to market water conservation programs is to “be water wise.” But recent punitive water conservation policies being enacted at the municipal level in California in response to California’s “perfect storm” of a physical and political drought reflect what might more appropriately [...]

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by Wayne Lusvardi Pasadena

Let’s see if you can make sense of the following confusing picture? Certainly the media is sociologically incapable of doing so.
The Right Reservoir in the Wrong Place?
Earlier this month California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein proposed a $9.3 billion bond for a combination of reservoirs and conservation [...]

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