Judge’s Decision Ignores Simple Supremacy Clause Question

Executive Director

Friday, 04 January 2013 16:27
I was on the cusp of finishing my January managers’ report just before the Christmas weekend and something happened, so instead of cancelling most of my report, I decided to share it with you. I was going to begin it like this:

“After 23-months we still have no decision in our case against CARB. September 6th was the last hearing date (this one caused by EPA’s politically-timed acceptance of CARB’s state implantation plan (SIP)). At that hearing, Judge England said he would have a decision out ‘shortly.’ The word ‘shortly’ surely doesn’t mean the same to all of us. Impatient with the delay, we sent an appeal letter to the court on November 15 asking for a decision.” Read more

CCTA (CDTOA) V. CARB Update Oct 2012

Executive Director CTN Magazine

Wednesday, 03 October 2012 10:14

Going on 20-months and still no decision.

CalChamber’s Final Tally on Job Killer Bills:

Governor Vetoes Two; Signs Two into Law

Gov. Brown concluded his work on legislation over the last weekend in September, vetoing two more CalChamber member-opposed “job killer” bills in addition to signing two job killer bills into law. A total of four job killers ultimately made it to the Governor’s desk from the 32 that were identified for 2012. Read more

CCTA (CDTOA) v. CARB – Sep 2012

Executive Director – CTN Magazine

Thursday, 13 September 2012 08:21

On Thursday, September 6, 2012, we finally had our hopefully “last” hearing in this phase of our lawsuit against CARB in front of U.S. District Court Judge Morrison England, Jr. in Sacramento. The hearing was delayed several times due to the judge’s repeated requests for supplemental briefing from the parties.

At the hearing, the defendants fielded three attorneys: a Deputy Attorney General from the state Department of Justice, the CARB General Counsel, and a high-profile lawyer from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Interestingly, the attorney from the NRDC, Melissa Lin Perrella, spoke 90% of time; counsel from the AG’s office 10% and the lawyer from CARB said nothing. Clearly, the NRDC is running this show for the opposition. Read more

PLF Case Updates Sep 2012

Executive Director – CTN Magazine

Thursday, 13 September 2012 08:20

Our petition for hearing on CARB’s waiver application for non-road diesel engines was approved in part and denied in part. EPA agreed to hold a hearing on September 20, 2012, but it will be in Washington, D.C., not in Sacramento, as we had requested. Read more


Executive Director CTN Magazine

Monday, 13 August 2012 12:52

The latest developments in our lawsuit against the CARB On-Road Truck and Bus Rule is more evidence that we are truly fighting a multi-headed monster. We have taken on CARB and the State of California, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) quickly intervened in the case against us, and now the court seems to be on the verge of inviting the U.S. EPA to join in the case.

In an order issued on July 19, 2012, the court set a hearing date of August 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM in Sacramento. Read more

PLF Case Updates – August 2012

August 2012

In late July, EPA held a hearing in Sacramento regarding the proposed particulate matter standard, at which members of CCTA and others presented testimony regarding the devastating effects those regulations could have on the trucking industry in California. A substantial number of eminent scientists testified at the hearings, stating that the regulations were unnecessary and were based on faulty science. Read more

State Fund’s 2008 Annual Report

Dear Valued Association Partner

I am very pleased to provide this link to State Fund’s newly published 2008 annual report. Read more

Governor Schwarzenegger Applauds Decision to Reject Workers’ Compensation Rate Increase

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today applauded Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner’s decision to reject the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s request for a pure premium rate increase that would have had an overwhelmingly negative impact on businesses, employees and California’s economy.

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Poizner Says NO! To Rate Increase Today

Citing decreasing workers’ comp costs from self insured’s’ and many opportunities for California workers ‘ comp carriers to implement cost containment measures, California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner today announced that he is just saying no to increasing the pure premium rates. That’s right: A ZERO INCREASE IN THE PURE PREMIUM RATE. Read more

2009 Workers’ Comp Rate Increase Disaster

On Thursday, June 4, CDTOA received a detailed email letter from State Compensation Insurance Fund or SCIF (below) informing us that our workers’ compensation insurance base rates here in the Golden State weren’t just going up 15% as the earlier SCIF news bulletins deceptively announced. This new letter indicated that the base rate increases for all class codes are going up an average of 15% and that our particular group “base rates were increasing by 25 percent or more”. Read more