Solar power also comes at a price, and in the case of California's BrightSource Energy plant, the cost may be the lives of 28,000 wild creatures.
This year may be the driest in California in half a millennium. These reports explore how the drought is affecting agriculture, business and living conditions in the nation’s most populous state.
Most bottled water companies are taking precious H2O from the state that needs it most; a new browser add-on can show you who's funding your elected representatives; meanwhile, SWAT teams and riot police are paramilitarizing the suburbs. These discoveries and more after the jump.
Gov. Schwarzenegger's newest proposal to close the Golden State's budgetary gap: selling some of California's biggest landmarks, including the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, the California State Fairgrounds and the San Quentin prison. Because the proposed sales might come during a slumping real estate market, there are questions about whether taxpayers would be getting a good deal.
On a desperate mission to save California from a $24 billion budget gap, a legislative committee voted to eliminate both the Secretary of Education office, a whopping $2.2 million endeavor, and the Office of Planning and Research ($50 million), while the Waste Management Board, stuffed with ex-lawmakers with six-figure salaries, would see its responsibilities enhanced.
California is running short on cash fast -- $23 billion short. According to chief legislative budget analyst Mac Taylor, the Golden State may not have enough moolah to keep it going through July, and this after across-the-line tax hikes approved in the February budget package.