July, 2010

Canada vs. California

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

John Seiler: Dan Walters had a good column comparing California to Canada. Both have similar-sized populations and economies. Yet, Canada has mostly avoided the economic calamity of recent years, whereas California has suffered heavily. Dan: Canadian bankers eschewed massive involvement in the hous...

Dump the HSBBCCS

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

John Seiler: I'm not a fan if either candidate for governor. But for whatever reason, Meg Whitman has taken the right position on the High-Speed-Bullet-Boondoggle-Choo-Choo-Train-Scam (HSBBCCS): she's against. And Jerry Brown, predictably, is for it, as the Mercury News notes. Jerry is saying he s...

First 5 funding up in smoke

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

John Seiler: Back in 1998, actor Rob "Meathead" Reiner tricked voters into passing Prop. 10, the California First 5 initiative, which jacked up cigarette taxes 50 cents a pack to pay for programs that took over from parents the privilege of raising young children. Of course, it was sold as a way to...

Fined Russian firm gets Ft. Ross

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

JULY 1, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO Last week Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an agreement with the Russian corporation Renova Group to help pay for the upkeep of Fort Ross State Park, on the Sonoma coast, even though the company is facing an ongoing criminal investigation in Switzerland that’...

GOP on water bond delay

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

From Steven Greenhut: Here is a statement from Assembly Republican Leader Martin Garrick, of Carlsbad, and Assemblywoman Jean Fuller, of Bakersfield, regarding the governor's call to delay the water bond vote until 2012. The water bond is a tough issue. It is a wasteful, pork-laden deal, but ther...