December, 2010

Crime Hikes Don't Cause Prison Crowds

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

DEC. 31, 2010 By WAYNE LUSVARDI and RICH McKONE We have all seen the TV videos of the overcrowded conditions in California’s prisons. But, do these visuals reflect reality or are they highly managed Hollywood stage sets? If I told you the Golden State Freeway (I-5) was congested but I didn’t ...

There's Something About Mary

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

DEC. 30, 2010 By K. LLOYD BILLINGSLEY The Sacramento Bee is publishing an eight-part series on “Californians to watch in 2011.” The Dec. 28 profile of Mary Nichols by Rick Daysog fails to mention key reasons why Californians might want to keep a close watch on the California Air Resources Boar...

California 2010: The Year in Review

Thursday, December 30th, 2010
California 2010: The Year in Review

DEC. 30, 2010 By JOHN SEILER For California, 2010 brought exciting developments in many areas. The year catapulted our local computer company, Apple, into the first position among information companies, based on market capitalization (the total value of stocks). It surpassed long-time rival Micr...

FPPC Investigates Ex-DMV Staff

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

DEC. 29, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO It’s always fun to watch one government agency investigate another agency. Or, recently departed agency personnel, as in this case, which popped up about two weeks ago. On Dec. 14, the state Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) opened an investigation int...

The People's Governor?

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Steven Greenhut: The Sacramento Bee reported today that the Orange County Employees Association, the union representing OC's miscellaneous county workers, and Sen. Lou Correa, the "moderate" Democrat from Anaheim who authored 1999 legislation that started the "3 percent at 50" mess that has destroye...

Federal Stimulus Is Govt Growth

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Katy Grimes: Claiming to save or creating jobs for federal workers, at a cost of $94,000 per job, San Francisco officials are touting a building renovation project as a way to “stimulate” the cities’ economy. Mayor Gavin Newsom and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer have each boasted recently about th...

New Year’s Water Bond Resolutions

Monday, December 27th, 2010

DEC. 27, 2010 By WAYNE LUSVARDI Everyone has had the disappointing experience of opening up a Christmas time holiday gift and finding something entirely useless or even lacking sentimental value. So it may be with California’s five previous water bonds. Examining these prior water bonds may pr...

Bullet Train Costs Exploding

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

DEC. 22, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO Trying to pin down an actual, quantifiable, explainable cost estimate for the 800-mile-long proposed high-speed rail system is one of the great games of covering the project. Going back even just two years, a researcher will find all manner of numbers, sometimes ...

Vagrants, Downtown and Denial

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Katy Grimes: In a horrific display of animal viciousness, a pit bull dog owned by one of Sacramento's illustrious "homeless" population, attacked a horse pulling a carriage in Old Sacramento. A good samaritan intervened and fought off the dog until police arrived. The dog was destroyed by police whe...

Dems Prepping State For Tax Hikes

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

DEC. 22, 2010 By STEVEN GREENHUT As the year ends, let's review where Californians stand with its busted budget. This piece was published in PublicSectorInc. California's Democratic leaders would have you believe that our state's budget has been cut to the bone. They contend that the state's ne...