March, 2010

Is Public Transit Bankrupt?

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

March 31, 2010 By KATY GRIMES With the announcement this week by Sacramento Regional Transit that it is reducing bus and train service by 22 percent, it’s never too late to address the problems faced by the chronic deficit-plagued transit systems in the state. The American Public Transportati...

State violates e-waste rules

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

March 31, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO Despite a state Auditor’s report and a four-year-old law that prohibits consumers from throwing old and broken electronic devices into the trash, many state agencies are apparently still throwing computers, television sets, radios, printers, copiers, radios ...

Fighting Without Skin in the Game

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Usually when two sides fight over a contentious issue, both have skin in the game. But when the government fights American citizens, it’s with bully tactics, intimidation, threats and not about the well-being of anyone. Which is probably one of the biggest reasons that Americans and Californians ...

Job Creation Means Unions Jobs

Friday, March 26th, 2010

I recently gave a speech to two-hundred Republican women on the current state of politics in California and how businesses are being destroyed by the majority party’s regulations, taxes and now, global warming laws. During the speech I asked the audience how many of them owned businesses – nearl...

Reform group wants higher taxes

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

March 24, 2010 By KATY GRIMES At a hearing Tuesday in the Improving the State Committee, the new “bipartisan” group, California Forward, made another heartfelt appeal to legislators for support of what is supposed to be something everyone can believe in: Higher taxes and abolishment of the two...

Obamacare and California

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

On Sunday evening, two days after Obamacare was passed, I came down with food poisoning. So far, Obamacare hasn't helped me at all. What happened? Wasn't The One supposed to cure all our ailments? Seriously, Obamacare is going to hit California's budget, chronically in the red, with another $2 bill...

Important government hearings

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

In case you were assuming that our legislators are working on the state's broken budget, the following is from today's Senate Daily File and is a Governmental Organization committee hearing: GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION WRIGHT, Chair ...

State Employees: Calling Out The Cheaters

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

As a reporter for Cal Watchdog rooting out waste, abuse and fraud, I receive calls frequently from government employees wanting to tell me about the employee cheating they witness first hand in their particular government agencies by city, county, state and federal employees. More recently, I've re...

What Budget Crisis?

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Mar. 19, 2010 I spend my days attending state Assembly and Senate committee hearings, trying to follow proposed legislation. Most days I end up sitting in a red velvet chair in a committee hearing room, listening to the ridiculous banter and commentary passing between committee members over policy ...

DOJ to state agencies: pay up

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

March 17, 2010 By KATY GRIMES The California Department of Justice wants to be compensated by California’s state agencies for legal services. Last year, the DOJ lost $30 million of its budget and had to cut 130 attorneys from its staff. As a way to manage their caseload and still provide le...