November, 2010

CA Freebies Enrich Low-Wage Workers

Monday, November 29th, 2010

NOV. 29, 2010 By WAYNE LUSVARDI Contrary to half-truths by both liberals who believe the minimum wage is a poverty wage or conservatives who believe it creates more unemployment and sends jobs overseas, at least in California minimum wage is a ticket to enjoying more disposable income than the med...

State Has Yet To Hit Bottom

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

NOV. 28, 2010 Anyone who has dealt with a loved one deeply involved in some destructive behavior understands that there's only so much you can do until the person hits whatever low point is necessary to spark a commitment to turn things around. I think of my beloved California in the same light. W...

Watching The Schlackman

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

NOV. 22, 2010 Contrary to popular belief, spending a couple hours in a hearing room listening to 20 political consultants, analysts and bureaucrats talk about something called “The Political Reform Act” isn’t my favorite way to spend afternoon. But, truth be told, there are worse things to do...

Texas Beats California on Economy

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

NOV. 18, 2010 By JOHN SEILER In the competition between America's two most populous states, California has two recent victories over Texas. In the World Series, the San Francisco Giants stomped on the Texas Rangers. And on election day, Nov. 2, the Silicon Valley venture capitalists who funded ...

Guv Calls Sham Special Session

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

NOV. 18, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO For the eighth time in his seven-year administration, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has called the Legislature back into special session to deal with the state’s budget problems. And for the eighth time, the special session will generate a lot of news but little s...

Are Split Rolls Coming Soon?

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

NOV. 16, 2010 By KATY GRIMES The recent passage of Proposition 25, which allows legislators to pass a budget with only a simple majority vote, could have an impact on the future of property tax increases, according to Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association. “The recent ...

It's All Free!

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

John Seiler: California's Supreme Court yesterday ruled that illegal immigrants can get in-state tuition at state universities and colleges. But your legal relative who's a citizen and lives in Parker, Ariz., just across the border, doesn't get that goodie. It's latest absurd decision in a long st...

FPPC Not Totally Wed To Gift Bans

Monday, November 15th, 2010

NOV. 15, 2010 The traditional start of the Christmas shopping season is just around the corner, so I guess it makes sense that the state Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has decided to redo some of its gift-related regulations. Unfortunately, it’s not likely they’re going to be very s...

Union Candidate Quiz Ignored Ed Issues

Monday, November 15th, 2010

NOV. 15, 2010 I used to think school boards were about schools, and the kids they are charged with educating. At one time this was the case. But today, the majority of school board positions appear to be union labor representatives. My friend Paige Powell ran for the Sacramento City Unified School...

Business Property Not Under-taxed

Friday, November 12th, 2010

NOV. 12, 2010 By WAYNE LUSVARDI A rebuttal is required to Lenny Goldberg of the California Tax Reform Association who contends that small business properties are overtaxed and large corporate and franchise business properties are under taxed by Prop. 13 in California (“Is Prop 13 Hurting Small B...