Stop the (WATER) INSANITY!

This is an open letter to President Trump, California’s Republican Representatives, John Cox (Republican Candidate for Governor), and all other elected and appointed officials who have not gone complete insane over global climate change and water in California…

It’s time to STOP THE INSANITY! Liberal Democrats, from Gov. Jerry Brown on down, are hell bent on destroying the California Economy, our way of life, and our ability to maintain healthful communities by further restricting water use in the state.  Prior to the introduction of AB 1668, the California Legislature had already reduced the availability of water to the point where many of our Farms, Construction Firms, and Recreation Companies were forced out of business.  Now, the State Legislature wants to limit your ability to shower, wash clothes, cook, or even drink water, all because of the abject failure of every administration since Jerry Brown Jr’s first term in office (in the 1970’s) to expand the States ability to capture, treat, and deliver water to an increasingly thirsty and growing population.

Now, rather than developing new resources (HEY, Jerry, you see that big blue ocean to the west?), Jerry and the Progressives want the California people to further conserve water.  This is at the same time we are committed to building a low-speed choo-choo to nowhere at a cost of $200+ BILLION.  A choo-choo that no one wants, no one needs, and no one will ride (HEY Jerry, you ever hear of hi-speed Airplanes?).  For 10% of the cost of the choo-choo to nowhere, California Coastal Cities and Counties could build ten Desalination Plants along to coast to provide fresh, clean, uninterrupted water to 6 MILLION Southern California residents.  No more droughts, no more rationing, no more conservation for all of San Diego and Orange Counties.  And here is the BONUS! By building these desalination plants (1 approximately every 8 miles along the coast), the various water agencies (IID, MWD, etc) could stop sending water from the Colorado River to coastal communities.  This “saved” water could then be used to restore the Salton Sea, irrigate fields and farms in Imperial, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, and provide safe, fresh, water to a thirsty and growing Inland Empire.  This same desalination technology can be used to maintain water quality and provide fresh water from the Salton Sea once it is refilled to historic levels and the Salton Sea can once again become a massive source of recreation, entertainment, and business opportunity (salt and lithium mining) for California.

It’s past time for the good people of the State of California to demand that our liberal, progressive, legislators and Governor to stop lying to us about desalination.  We have the technology, we have the energy production, the Pacific Ocean will NEVER dry up, and water is something that everyone needs and wants.  The bottom line is that we DO NOT have a water problem here in California, what we have is a LACK OF POLITICAL WILL problem to do the right thing and develop our natural resources that we have, right off of our coast.

This post inspired by an article in the Washington Times by Tammy Bruce.  California’s New Water Restrictions send residents fleeing to Saner States

Designed for Success (025)

Happy Friday everyone!

Please forgive my tardiness, it’s been a busy morning.  Which is perfect for today’s 1st Success Quote from John D. Rockefeller.  Mr. Rockefeller was an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and founder of Standard Oil during the great industrial revolution in the United States.  Rockefeller believed the power of the individual and felt that all great breakthroughs in industry, commerce, and technology were derived from the individual’s desire and ability to change the world for the better.  I believe that we should not try to emulate the past, but should learn from it and benefit from the wisdom of others.  Especially those who have achieved success in business, politics, religion, and life.  Here is another of my favorite quotations on SUCCESS!

To your health, happiness, prosperity, and SUCCESS!

Kevin

Designed for Success (015)

Good morning and Happy Friday everyone!

Today’s 1st Success Quote is from Bruce Lee.  Bruce is best known for his high-energy martial arts movies where good always triumphs over evil. Unfortunately, Bruce passed away at only 33 years old, but he left us a great legacy of individual ability for self-discovery, creativity, and innovation. Let’s all learn from the past and benefit from the wisdom of others. Especially those who have achieved success in business, politics, religion, and life.

Here is another of my favorite quotations on SUCCESS!

To your health, happiness, prosperity!

Kevin

Designed for Success (014)

Good day everyone,

Today’s 2nd Success Quote is from Tony Robbins.  Tony is best known for his high-energy seminars where he helps others to tap into their hidden talents and rise up to new challenges.  Because of his energy, enthusiasm, and personal success, Tony could be the personal symbol for the “You Economy”.  Both Tony and I believe that it is the individual ability for self-discovery, creativity, and innovation that is truly the great resource of our Nation.  However, I also believe that we should not try to emulate the past, but should learn from it and benefit from the wisdom of others. Especially those who have achieved success in business, politics, religion, and life.

Here is another of my favorite quotations on SUCCESS!

To your health, happiness, prosperity!

Kevin

Embrace the Green Economy – Work from Home

For the past several years I’ve been getting myself in a little bit of trouble with some of my peers in the Traffic and Transportation (T&T) planning and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) industries.  I have spent a great deal of time writing and speaking about the need to reduce, or in some cases completely eliminate, roadway expansion for larger freeways and the new construction of virtually all mass transportation systems. Of course, in California, where the car culture was born, nurtured, and come of age, these thoughts border on heresy.  Unfortunately, while I do enjoy my cars, the reality is that our car dependent culture here in California has become a burden to many people, and a benefit only to those who are connected to the liberal political class. Every year, as the population continues to grow here in California, so to the number of trucks, cars, delivery vehicles, repair and supply vehicles, and all other modes of getting to and from our homes and our workplaces.

However, the advancement of technology and communications, has eliminated the need for many of us to drive to work.  For very large segment of the population, we wake up early in the morning, slam down some coffee, jump into our cars, commute for an hour or more, arrive at work already worn out and frazzled, then spend the next 8 to 10 hours looking at a computer screen and typing on a keyboard, just so that we can do the reverse commute at the end of the day. This means that for the average commuter, he or she is away from home on average 11 to 12 hours a day.  This is time spent away from family, children, your neighborhood, and your community.  Hundreds of sociological studies have shown that one of the major issues facing young families is the fact that one or more of the parents is away from home nearly 12 hours every single day.

So, imagine a world, where you did not wake up in the morning and go to work at an office.  You wake up in the morning, have breakfast with your children, make sure they got their homework done, see them off to school, then slip into your own home office with the latest and best technology, log on to the office server, and start your workday. No commute, no stress, and no sitting in traffic.

Beyond the important benefits to your health and your family, there would be fewer cars on the road.  This will obviously lead to better air quality and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.  Additionally, with fewer vehicles on the road, the need to expand our freeways, will also be reduced.  This will free up billions of tax dollars so that high-speed communications infrastructure, green power, and fresh clean water from desalination, can be delivered at reasonable rates to every household in the state.  Other benefits will include greater home ownership rates, lower daytime crime rates in our neighborhoods, children that will be supervised and have mom or dad, or both, at home after school.  Participation in local social organizations, churches, clubs, and sports, will also increase, providing for greater quality of life for everyone.  Lastly, the local economy of all of our small and medium-sized towns, all across California, will be enhanced because people will be spending money where they live instead of spending money on the road.

Granted, this scenario will not work for every person in every situation.  But when you consider how many people get in the car every morning and go to work in a cubicle, it seems to make far more sense to spend hard earned tax dollars on communications infrastructure so that we can link our homes to our workplaces, and truly find work-life balance.

This blog post inspired by Want to be Green? Forget Mass Transit. Work from Home, by Joel Kotkin.