February, 2011

Students Protest For Entitlements

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Katy Grimes: On the west steps of the Capitol today a small group of college students protested the proposed cuts to public university and community college budgets -- schools which the California taxpayers already subsidize. And right along with the students were several legislators encouraging th...

Pensions Before The Poor!

Monday, February 28th, 2011

FEB. 28, 2011 By TROY ANDERSON For years, officials in California have used accounting gimmicks, stimulus funds and the state credit card to keep the safety net intact. But experts say the state may have run out of tricks. Facing a $25 billion state budget shortfall, Gov. Jerry Brown has propose...

Can California Mimic Wisconsin?

Monday, February 28th, 2011

FEB. 28, 2011 If a real union reform battle can take place in Wisconsin and spread to other liberal rust-belt, union-dominated states, then it could perhaps happen in California ---- although it might take some time, given the political dynamic here and the Golden State's "follows its own drummer" ...

2/3 Wis. 8th Graders Not Proficient

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

John Seiler: Wisconsin teachers have been on strike. And they object to Gov. Scott Walker's move to end or limit collective bargaining. They're also the highest-paid teachers in the Midwest. So, how well are they teaching? This is from CNS News: Two-thirds of the eighth graders in Wisconsin public...

Courts' 2-Billion-Buck IT Bust

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

FEB. 22, 2011 By KATY GRIMES While courtrooms across the state are being closed, courthouse employees furloughed and criminal and civil cases taking record time to come to trial, the Administrative Office of the Courts refuses to halt the implementation of a $1.9 billion computer system. After spe...

Cities Go On Wild Spending Spree

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

FEB. 19, 2011 Gov. Jerry Brown has been caught flat-footed in his plan to shutter the state's redevelopment agencies as cities across California continue to squander their redevelopment cash, tying up hundreds of millions of dollars in long-term spending on half-baked projects simply to keep the mo...

Edu-fascism

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

John Seiler: Here's yet another outrage from our "public" school system: GPS systems for kids who play hooky. I thought the 13th Amendment abolished slavery. Reports the Orange County Register: ANAHEIM – Frustrated by students habitually skipping class, police and school officials in Anaheim are ...

Pensions May Be 'Touchable'

Friday, February 11th, 2011

FEB. 11, 2011 By TROY ANDERSON The prevailing wisdom holds that existing public pensions – once converted into Cadillac plans – can’t be turned back into Oldsmobiles. For decades, union officials have repeated the mantra that government agencies can’t modify or reduce pension benefit...

Rally Exposes GOP Weak Links

Monday, February 7th, 2011

FEB. 7, 2011 After Gov. Jerry Brown's State of the State address Monday pushing for the Legislature to place a series of tax-extension measures on the ballot, Republicans countered by emphasizing their continuing opposition to higher taxes. For instance, Assemblyman Brian Nestande of Palm Desert, t...

Brown Says Lots, But What Will He Do?

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

FEB. 1, 2011 This year, they actually showed Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State address at the elegant Esquire Grill in downtown Sacramento with the sound on. They usually show the speech on the bar’s sole flat-screen, but not always with sound. But this year, restaurant management – and t...