July, 2010

Arnold at Bohemian Grove

Friday, July 30th, 2010

John Seiler: Tonight, July 30, Gov. Arnold gave a speech before the supersecret, elitist, cultish Bohemian Grove club. Reports the Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is scheduled to address a throng of rich and powerful men on Friday under the towering redwoods at the Bohemian ...

Retrospective: A state of esteem?

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

JULY 29, 2010 A CalWatchdog Retrospective: 20 years after the California Task Force to Promote Self-esteem and Personal and Social Responsibility. By K. LLOYD BILLINGSLEY California state documents do not generally fly off the shelves but 20 years ago the Golden State had a hot seller. Toward a S...

State gags rail contractors

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

JULY 29, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO All contractors hired by the California High-Speed Rail Authority to prepare environmental reports on the project are contractually prohibited from discussing their agreements with the media, a CalWatchdog examination of the authority’s current contracts show...

More furloughs, but no budget

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

JULY 29, 2010 By KATY GRIMES Faced with a $19.1 billion state deficit and no acceptable budget in the works, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reinstated furloughs for state workers on Wednesday. In an executive order declaring a fiscal emergency, the governor called for state employees to take three unp...

1/5 of Californians admit they're crazy

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

John Seiler: News item: Almost 5 million California adults say they could use help with a mental or emotional problem, according to a survey released Wednesday by researchers at UCLA. About 1 million of them meet the criteria for "serious psychological distress." I would have thought the number wou...

Court upholds contingency fees

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

JULY 27, 2010 By LAURA SUCHESKI The California Supreme Court released a controversial decision Monday in County of Santa Clara v. Superior Court (Atlanta Richfield Co.) that may worsen the state’s already dismal lawsuit climate for businesses. The court ruled that municipalities can hire contin...

Bee stokes phony crime wave

Monday, July 26th, 2010

JULY 26, 2010 By STEVEN GREENHUT In what can only be viewed as an attempt to build public support for the hiring of more park rangers, the Sacramento Bee on July 25 published an overwrought front-page story – complete with two inside-the-A-section jump pages – warning about a crime wave that s...

City muddles tax cut verbiage

Monday, July 26th, 2010

JULY 26, 2010 By KATY GRIMES Ballot language for a Sacramento city utilities initiative that would rollback rates -- proposed by the city attorney and approved by the City Council last week -- is so confusing and unreadable that even the measure's sponsor says he doesn't understand it. He worries ...

DNA tests gone wild

Monday, July 26th, 2010

JULY 26, 2010 The University of California, Berkeley, has inadvertently stepped into a brewing ethical debate over genetic testing and medical privacy after it asked the incoming freshman class to submit to the campus cotton swabs with DNA samples from their saliva. The unusual experiment is pa...

Admin costs crowd out teaching

Monday, July 26th, 2010

JULY 26, 2010 By JOHN SEILER A revealing new study shows that in recent years increases in the administrative costs of California's K-12 schools have squeezed salaries for teachers. It shines a powerful searchlight on exactly what goes on in the dark corners of school budgets. The study is, "An...