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Last Post of 2008

It’s New Year’s Eve, and while I’m not the type to make resolutions, today does provide an opportunity to reflect on the past year and look forward to the next.
Simplification was one of my priorities in 2008. In general, I try to live relatively minimally. However, it does require a concentrated effort to [...]

Google’s Many Mobile Platforms

After a couple days of working through Apple’s infamous App Store bureaucracy, the latest version of Google Mobile App is available. The feature everyone is raving about is, of course, the ability to lift the phone to your ear and simply say what you are searching for. I’ve installed it on my iPhone, [...]

California Proposition 12

Veterans’ Bond Act of 2008
Summary:

This act provides for a bond issue of nine hundred million dollars ($900,000,000) to provide farm and home aid for California veterans. Fiscal Impact: Costs of about $1.8 billion to pay off both the principal ($900 million) and interest ($856 million) on the bonds; costs paid by participating veterans. Average payment [...]

California Proposition 11

Redistricting
Summary:

Changes authority for establishing state office boundaries from elected representatives to commission. Establishes multilevel process to select commissioners from registered voter pool. Commission comprised of Democrats, Republicans, and representatives of neither party. Fiscal Impact: Potential increase in state redistricting costs once every ten years due to two entities performing redistricting. Any increase in costs probably [...]

California Proposition 10

Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Renewable Energy. Bonds.
Summary:

Authorizes $5 billion in bonds paid from state’s General Fund, to help consumers and others purchase certain vehicles, and to fund research in renewable energy and alternative fuel vehicles. Fiscal Impact: State cost of about $10 billion over 30 years to repay bonds. Increased state and local revenues, potentially [...]