February, 2010

Community colleges oversell 0.7% enrollment decline

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Feb. 26, 2010 By ELISE VIEBECK The chancellor for California's community colleges lamented a 0.7% decline in the system's enrollment yesterday, reporting that more than 200,000 students will be "unfunded" -- that is, enrolled beyond schools' funded capacities -- this term. This announcement came a...

Will "Going Green" Backfire?

Friday, February 26th, 2010

With nearly every politician -- from city councils to state legislators, governors  and congress - embracing green technology as the cause du jour, they don't realize that with every bill signed, they may be actually killing the industry. It's kind of like reverse psychology. Politicians will kill...

Parents Able To Close Failing Schools

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

The Los Angeles-based group Parent Revolution, pushed hard to pass a new law called the "parent trigger." The new law requires school districts to make dramatic changes to a school if 51% the parents vote on the change(s). Parents could call for the school to be shut down, turned into a charter sc...

Incentives eyed to spur job growth

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Feb. 18, 2010 By KATY GRIMES In spite of the federal stimulus money invested in California, unemployment is still in double digits and will remain so for a couple more years, according to state economic experts. Consequently, talk of jobs was all the rage in the Assembly Jobs Committee this week: ...

Forbes publisher assesses state decline

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Feb. 16, 2010 By KATY GRIMES In a poignant and often funny talk, Forbes Magazine Publisher Rich Karlgaard believes this economic recession could have and should have been avoided, and the worsening U.S. economy is a man-made crisis thanks to the media, political events, as well as some serious lea...

I love California!

Sunday, February 14th, 2010
I love California!

By John Seiler No politics today. Instead, I enjoyed our 75-degree weather out here in Huntington Beach, wearing shorts and a T-shirt while taking my dog for a walk. Growing up in Michigan, every year at this time I watched the Rose Bowl or the Super Bowl played out here and everybody frolicking i...

Wired is "tired"on Cali mass transit

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Wired magazine runs a "wired/tired" feature, in which they judge new technologies as being "wired" -- up-to-date, hip, cool, etc. -- or "tired" -- old and burned out. A year ago they ran one, "White House Tech More Tired Than Wired," on how the very headquarters of the American Empire -- directing t...

Frank Luntz and Willie Brown debate or entertain?

Friday, February 5th, 2010

In the Red Corner was Frank Luntz, political pollster and consultant. And In the Blue Corner, Willie Brown, former Speaker of the California Assembly and Mayor of San Francisco... so said Eric Hogue, moderator for the "No Holds Barred" debate sponsored by Mayor Kevin Johnson's Sacramentans for Acco...

Drill here, drill now

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Feb. 3, 2010 Drilling for oil off of California’s legendary coastline is a topic that polarizes the critics of offshore drilling, and the proponents. In Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s final budget he has proposed offshore oil drilling in Santa Barbara County that will allow the first new oil dri...

Little Hoover, big report

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Here's a riddle: When is a well-written, thoroughly researched, eminently rational analysis of the state's aging, hideously expensive infrastructure completely meaningless? Answer: when it's about California. I'm speaking of the Little Hoover Commission's latest report. Read it for yourself. It's ...