Judge Rules Against FAA in ‘Landmark’ UAV Challenge

NTSB judge strikes down $10,000 fine against man for unlicensed “commercial use.” In 2011, Raphael Pirker used a RiteWing Zephyr II remote-controlled flying wing to record aerial video of a hospital campus for use in a television advertisement. That act resulted in the Federal Aviation Administration issuing a fine to Pirker of $10,000 for that commercial…

Blind Faith: How Deregulation and Enron’s Influence Over Government Looted Billions from Americans

Q. What have we learned? A. Obviously nothing, except how to bend over and take it again and again. Electricity Deregulation LET’S TAKE A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE: THE ISSUES?   The U.S. electric industry was undergoing a sea change in the way it delivers electricity to millions of households and businesses nationwide. At the…

The Most Important Court Case You’ve Never Heard Of

Vergara v. California You didn’t know that nine California kids were suing their state over substandard teaching at their public schools? You should—it’s an example to all who want equal access to education. This school year, parents learned a tough lesson: The only force on behalf of the  public interest is an interested public. And…

San Diego’s Second Chance at Drone Domination

San Diego missed out last year on a shot to become a national drone testing hub. Now, leaders have another chance to be at the forefront of drone research, and they’re taking pains to ensure they don’t repeat the mistakes they believe doomed their first bid. A handful of San Diego and state-level officials attended…

Protect Our Community From SDG&E

Once again SDG&E is skirting  the details, worse yet, the laws, rules and regulations put in place to safeguard our environment and our safety. SDG&E’s Power Line Replacement Project  Tie-Line 637 Wood-to-Steel Project Scoping SDG&E’s Master Special Use Permit (Project) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). These comments are…