Columns-November, 2010

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 ...

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...

Brown's Job Got Twice as Hard

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

NOV. 12, 2010 By JOHN SEILER Less than a month ago, on Oct. 18, Moody's Investor Service issued a report calculating California's situation as "at least $12 billion in future budget gaps." Now, the nonpartisan California Legislative Analyst's Office released a report calculating a deficit of ...

Ax the whole state ed bureaucracy

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

John Seiler Jerry Brown wants to get rid of the education secretary position, a pointless position created by Gov. Pete Wilson (talk about pointless). A better idea: Get rid of the whole centralized, massive, wasteful state education bureaucracy. Turn everything over to the local school districts....

State GOP Now Irrelevant

Monday, November 8th, 2010

NOV. 8 Republicans have been amused by President Barack Obama's thick-headed response to the Democratic Party's electoral defeat. Despite near-historic gains for the GOP in the House of Representatives and significant GOP gains in the Senate and statehouses, Obama refused in his news conference ...

Is California Ungovernable?

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

NOV. 3, 2010 I jokingly referred earlier in the week to Meg Whitman’s campaign as the worst campaign ever. Now I'm not joking. And while I am sure it’s not the worst ever, it was really bad. Running against former California Governor Jerry Brown should have been a slam dunk. Instead Whitman ra...

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