Told You So
It's probably too early to be saying I told you so, but I'll do it anyway. It doesn't look like the Evergreen mill is going to reopen, according to today's Times- Standard. I actually predicted (hoping I'd be proven wrong) that the mill would never reopen, if only because of the air and water quality control boards, never mind the the state's overall anti- business climate.
I'm sure some will say the permanent closure had nothing to do with the air and water folks because they already got a water discharge permit. That was a surprise, but they'd still have to deal with the Air Resources Board, as well as a number of other agencies. I suspect the reason they couldn't raise money to open the mill is because investors know California is not the place to invest money they want to see a return on.
And, nope, none of Obama's stimulus money was to be had for the mill. All that money is being used for government projects like paving roads. Their reasoning being that, if we just have nicely paved roads, businesses should spring up all over the place. What's wrong with that line of thinking?