Good, bad and ugly initiatives 1

Jan. 5, 2010:

Any reform that will actually help fix the ongoing California government’s fiscal mess (serious spending limits, pension reform, limits on union power, cutbacks in the size of state government, educational privatization, etc.) cannot possibly pass, given political realities. Anything that can actually pass will not fix anything – or might make things worse. We’re in a pickle, and it’s unclear how it will all play out.… Read more

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Water bills threaten California prosperity 3


Will Southern California sell its maximum annual entitlement of 2 million acre feet of water from the State Water Project for a bundle of small water projects of uncertain yield, plus $2 billion of political pork barrel projects, if voters approve the proposed $11.1 billion Comprehensive Water Package, a bond proposal known as the “Safe, Clean, Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010”?… Read more

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Budget dominates new session 1


What a difference three years makes. In January 2007, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was fresh off his resounding election victory over Phil Angelides, basking in an aura of “postpartisan” triumphalism. The governor even proposed a universal health care system. “We have to aim high and attack the entire system from top to bottom,” the governor enthused in a major speech.… Read more

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The Capitol’s worst-kept secret 0


Last August, state Sen. Pat Wiggins, D-Santa Rosa, announced that she would not seek re-election in 2010 – shortly after announcing that she would run for re-election.

Her announcement occurred soon after she made an inappropriate comment at a hearing to discuss global warming to a pastor who was testifying, leading many to question Wiggins’ rationality. She called the pastor’s arguments “bullshit.” A video of the exchange was posted on YouTube.… Read more

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California’s “green jobs” snow job 0

Jan. 5, 2010:

As a news reporter and columnist for CalWatchdog, my focus is reporting stories that do not get sufficient coverage and to expose the waste, fraud and misuse of taxpayer funds buried in legislation and political practices in the state. A good example: the “green” economy in California and the “green jobs” that are not the panacea for economic recovery, as everyone from the governor to most of the media, would like us to believe.… Read more

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Taylor is Editor of Human Events, the oldest conservative weekly in the nation, and, the popular conservative website that features Human Events staff writers John Gizzi, Tony Lee and others, as well as noted conservative columnists such as Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams.

She also oversees the successful conservative website, as well as several newsletters including Guns & Patriots and Family Events.… Read more

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Swaim is founding publisher of the OCWeekly and former publisher of LA CityBeat.… Read more

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Smoller is director of the Masters of Public Administration Program at Brandman University in Irvine.… Read more

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Fulks is publisher of The Forum Press, a book publishing company in Santa Ana, Calif.… Read more

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