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California Town Makes a Bid to be "Solar Capital of the World" with New Law

April 17, 2013

Every city wants to be known for something, even if it's just so they can put up a sign on the highway welcoming tourists to a unique corner of the globe. Reno, Nev. decided a while back to call itself "the biggest little city in the world," and gained some renown that way. All across America, there are cities who trumpet famous people or mythical characters from their town (Brainerd, Minn., home of Paul Bunyan!) or places that offer strange or unusual landmarks or designations. Five years ago, a trial lawyer named Rex Parris was elected mayor of Lancaster, Calif., a desert town in Los Angeles County of about 150,000 residents. Parris is a Republican, but unlike many of his colleagues in the party, he's extremely concerned about global warming. In an interview with me he said more than once that climate change "was the biggest problem we face in America," and that the effects will be "cataclysmic" in the very near future. Read More

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Senate Releases Immigration Bill: What Does It Mean for Industry?

April 17, 2013

An immigration bill put forth by a bipartisan group of eight senators was completed on Tuesday, seeking to fix major problems found in the U.S. immigration system and implement a method of getting 11 million illegal immigrants on the path to legality. The bill also is a boon for American companies desperate for skilled engineers, as the bill stands to increase immigration of foreigners with engineering skills assets. Read More