And you can take that headline ANY way you want.
A local Chevron refinery caught on fire last night, and since due to state regulation, California gas stations can only sell special gas made for “green” California, gas prices are predicted to shoot up to over $4/gallon within a week. (I just paid $3.65 at the Redwood City ARCO – fill up now). All in all, I’m happy to be leaving the state for an extended vacation, but… California state government is awful. I complain a lot about the feds, but we’re also burdened with an extra layer – the state and the localities. And trust me, the localities are loading up on regulation as well.
So this November, be sure to vote down the ticket for your local reps. It may not seem like they’re as important as the people you’re voting for at the federal level, but the local politicians make a bigger difference in the lives of Californians than one might imagine. High gas prices is only one example.