Solar Energy Gives Investors A Shock

Susan Shelley

Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, “How Trump Won.”


Solar energy is full of surprises. The operators of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System were recently surprised by state air quality regulators, who informed them that the $2.2 billion solar energy plant is a carbon polluter. Solar energy doesn’t emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. That’s the whole point of California’s increasingly mandatory and […]

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Holiday Season Sends Health Food Into Hiding

Susan Shelley

Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, “How Trump Won.”


It happens every autumn. No sooner has the last goblin rappelled down the wall of Halloween candy in the supermarket than the fruits and vegetables go into the witness protection program and refuse to be seen unless covered from tip to stem in cream cheese and pecans. Other popular disguises include vanilla custard and cream […]

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Cost of Regulations Will Take Your Breath Away

Susan Shelley

Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, “How Trump Won.”


In 2008, the California Air Resources Board banned diesel truck engines manufactured before 2010. Over a million trucks operating in California, including 625,000 that were registered out-of-state, were suddenly illegal. Existing diesel engines could only be operated in California if they were retrofitted with a filter that could cost as much as $15,000. The regulation, […]

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Clean-Air Agency Rakes in High Fees and Higher Salaries

Susan Shelley

Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, “How Trump Won.”


California lost 32,000 manufacturing jobs between 2009 and 2013, and Los Angeles County lost another 4,700 over the last year. The occupations projected to have the greatest job growth in California by 2022, according to the Employment Development Department, are personal care service provider, home care aide, food preparation worker or server and office administrative […]

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For Marijuana in California, Line Between Legal and Illegal Gets Hazy

Susan Shelley

Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, “How Trump Won.”


California’s medical marijuana industry may soon be craving pain relief instead of selling it. The state Legislature recently passed the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, a combination of three laws that together will impose a massive, multi-agency regulatory framework on the cultivation, distribution and sale of cannabis. Nate Bradley, executive director of the California […]

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This Fundraising Law Puts Political Ethics On Thin Ice

Susan Shelley

Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, “How Trump Won.”


Circus acts! Figure skaters! Politicians seeking unlimited donations! Welcome to today’s special edition of “Why is this even legal?” In a previous episode we looked at the California Legislature’s “spot bills,” those completely blank pieces of legislation passed by lawmakers and filled in later after backroom negotiations. What will be written on them when they […]

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Government Meddling Led To Empty Stores, Laid-Off Grocery Workers

Susan Shelley

Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, “How Trump Won.”


At 6:15 p.m. on a recent weekday, you could have thrown a bowling ball down the service deli aisle at the new Haggen store in Woodland Hills and not hit anybody, and that’s no reflection on your bowling skills. Nobody was there. Outside the store, the new carts with the Haggen logo were lined up […]

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Stop Sign Cameras In Mountain Parks May Take A Hike

Susan Shelley

Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, “How Trump Won.”


The Santa Monica Mountains are home to nearly 400 species of birds, more than 50 threatened or endangered plants and animals, and seven threatened or endangered photo-enforced stop signs. State Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) wants to save the ticket-mailing stop signs from extinction, but Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) has introduced a […]

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Climate Doomsayers Pick and Choose Their Apocalypse

Susan Shelley

Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, “How Trump Won.”


The story you are about to read is not true. But the quotations from our elected officials contain their actual words from recent speeches. It was a beautiful, sunny day in August and Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Public decided to walk to the park with their two children, ages 34 and 32, who still […]

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On Bullet Train, Voters Finally May Get To Apply The Brakes

Susan Shelley

Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, “How Trump Won.”


Pencils have erasers. Computers have the undo command and the escape key. If you had it to do over again, would you vote for the bullet train? It was called the “Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act” on the 2008 ballot, and it authorized $9 billion in bonds — borrowed money — to “partially […]

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