Remember Jerry's radio show? 0

One thing I’m looking forward to in this campaign is what Meg’s campaign finds out about Jerry’s radio show in the 1990s.

Before he re-launched himself into politics, in the 1990s Jerry Brown was an excellent talk show host, one of the few liberals to succeed in what has become a conservative medium. I enjoyed listening to it. Whatever you think of his politics, he has a quirky mind and had interesting guests.… Read more

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Public financing on ballot 7

March 29, 2010

By JOHN SEILER

With California’s politics messed up seemingly beyond repair, it’s not surprising two reform initiatives are on the June 8 ballot. I earlier wrote about Proposition 14, the “Top Two Primaries Act.”

The other initiative is Proposition 15, which would establish a pilot program of public tax-funding of campaigns. It has three major components:

* First, the existing ban on public funding of elections would be lifted – permanently.… Read more

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Vallejo avoids tough pension fights 2

March 29, 2010

By STEVEN GREENHUT

(Originally printed in the Wall Street Journal)

In 2008, Vallejo, Calif., was nearly broke. Faced with falling tax revenues, rising pension costs, and unmovable public-employee unions, the city was unable to pay its bills and declared bankruptcy. Now, as it prepares to emerge from Chapter 9, officials in Los Angeles, San Diego and other cities across the state are looking to see if Vallejo has blazed a trail for them to get out from under their own crushing pension costs.… Read more

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State touts 'green' progress 1

March 29, 2010

By KATY GRIMES

In 2005 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered all state buildings to be 20 percent more energy efficient by 2015 and “encouraged” the private sector to do the same.  And now, the Department of General Services (DGS) has issued a “Green” Progress Report (dated Spring 2010) outlining how the state is doing.

The governor’s Executive Order S-20-04, known as the “Green Building Initiative,” and the accompanying Green Building Action Plan, were slated as the roadmap for identifying how and what needs greening-up in California.… Read more

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Cops as revenuers 0

Expect more stories such as this one in the Sacramento Bee today, in which an 18 year old man was fined $500 for riding a bicycle without a seat (it was stolen) and without brakes. Other news reports suggest that fines are going up all over the place. Police increasingly are becoming by-the-book revenuers who aren’t so much concerned about public safety, but about increasing revenues for cash-strapped agencies and governments.… Read more

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Slow erosion of our freedoms 0

March 29, 2010

Many people have noticed just how our rights have been eroded away over the decades. Bit by bit, our rights and liberties have been removed while restrictions to our lives have been added.

You can’t smoke in public parks, children must be harnessed in a certain kind of car seat, it’s illegal to park on your own street for more than one hour in the cities, dogs must be leashed, it’s illegal to drive while on the cell phone, you can only water your lawn certain days, new homes must be built with sprinkler systems, it’s illegal to remove a “heritage” tree from your own property, in Pacific Grove it is illegal to kill a butterfly, and of course, the California Democratic legislators still want to pass mandatory state-run health care.… Read more

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Enviros trade in human misery 0

March 29, 2010

One of the most unusual vote-buying scams the Obama administration may have used to pass its health care socialization plan was an alleged promise to two Democratic congressmen to increase federal water supplies to the San Joaquin Valley. It’s the nation’s most fertile farm region, but a region now dotted with scenes that evoke images from the “Grapes of Wrath” thanks to a drought caused more by government policy than by nature.… Read more

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