Ten months from now, major changes will begin for drivers of low-emission vehicles in California’s carpool lanes.
Without fanfare, Gov. Arnold, Schwarzenegger signed legislation August 30 that permits 40,000 of the next generation of hybrids – electric motor, rechargeable battery-powered cars with small internal combustion engines – to use High Occupancy Vehicle lanes beginning in January 2012.    Read more »
Large retailers and manufacturers doing business in California would be required to disclose what steps they were taking to end slavery and human trafficking under a bill sent August 30 to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The measure, SB 657, applies only to businesses with $100 million in worldwide sales.
Beginning January 1, 2012 it would force postings on an applicable company’s website “with a conspicuous and easily understood link” describing how much the retailer verifies that its product supply chain does not include slave labor or involve victims of human trafficking.    Read more »
California Taxpayers Association President Teresa Casazza Urges Legislature to Open Budget Process to Public Scrutiny
SACRAMENTO – California Taxpayers Association President Teresa Casazza issued the following statement today regarding the Legislature’s plan to vote on budget legislation that has not been made public:
“The Legislature plans to vote on a budget tomorrow, but the budget bills are not yet in print, details have not been provided to the public, and no public testimony will be heard.    Read more »
This from the Wall Street Journal:By SERENA NG
Warren Buffett turns 80 years old today, and he isn’t slowing down a bit. Instead, he is likely to take on more work in the coming year while the ball starts rolling on his closely guarded succession plan.
Back in February 2007, the chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway said in his annual shareholder letter that his expected life span was about 12 more years, suggesting he should be around at least until age 88.    Read more »
Converting food deserts into oases is the goal of the federal Healthy Food Financing Initiative – and of legislation by Assembly Speaker John Perez.
Perez, a Los Angeles Democrat, is carrying a measure that would create the California Healthy Food Financing Initiative that, contingent on federal money appearing, would attempt to eradicate the state’s food deserts and steer Californians away from food swamps.    Read more »
“Man, those are ugly birds. No wonder they have a breeding problem.”    Read more »
California taxpayers could voluntarily give money to support the state’s Arts Council under legislation sent y the Senate to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on August 25.
The 40-member Senate sent the measure, SB 1076 by Sen. Curren Price, an Inglewood Democrat, to the GOP governor on a 24 o 8 vote.
On August 24, the Assembly sent a similar voluntary check off bill to Schwarzenegger, this one to benefit the state’s veterans’ homes.    Read more »
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed two bills affecting license plates and veterans August 24.
One measure attempts to increase sales by allowing the Department of Veterans Affairs to redesign the veterans’ organizations license plates.
The other permits family members of dead persons with Purple Heart of Legion of Honor license plates to keep the plates, rather than returning them to the Department of Motor Vehicles.    Read more »
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