How much should California spend on programs and where should revenue come from?
That's the question posed to some 30 people taking the Next 10 Budget Challenge at Travis Credit Union on Thursday evening. Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Solano, invited constituents to the interactive workshop, but anyone can try it online. Next 10 just updated the budget challenge, available at www.budgetchallenge.org.
The Budget Challenge game has returned by the nonprofit Next 10 to find out how ordinary Californians would spend tax dollars if they were calling the shots.
This year can be called Episode 2014: A long time ago (2010) in a galaxy far away (the Capitol), lawmakers were struggling with a $20 billion deficit.
February 27, 2014 - It will be hotter. It will be drier, at times, and wetter at others. We'll get less water from the Sierra Nevada snowpack, and the Pacific Ocean will rise and creep inland. But beyond those brute certainties, scientists, futurists, technologists, and entrepreneurs offer competing visions about how climate change will affect California in the decades to come.
SAN DIEGO California's air board next week will emphasize the need to set a greenhouse gas reduction target for 2030, a potential guidepost as the state eyes an ambitious 2050 emissions goal, a top executive said here.
Ready for some genetically altered algae in your Dove soap or Ben & Jerry's ice cream?
South San Francisco biofuel company Solazyme has struck a deal with British conglomerate Unilever to manufacture 3 million gallons of algae-based oil for the multinational whose brands include Dove and Ben & Jerry's.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but it's a big one for Solazyme, which started out 10 years ago producing jet and automobile fuel from algae and has since expanded into food and cosmetics with its "microalgae" additives.