April, 2011

DiFi Misleads Dem Convention

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

John Seiler: At this weekend's convention in Sacramento of the California Democratic Party, Sen. Dianne Feinstein attacked Republicans and Tea Partiers for wrecking the country. True enough, Republicans bear much of the blame. They held the presidency from 2001 to 2008. And they ran the full Congr...

Inflation Means California Default

Friday, April 29th, 2011

APRIL 29, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI A March 24 Los Angeles Times-USC opinion poll indicated that 80 percent of likely California voters favored putting a cap on state spending. That is a remarkable statistic that didn’t make the original headline in the Times about the results of the poll.  Inste...

SB 34: Creature Crawls from Delta Lagoon

Friday, April 29th, 2011

APRIL 29, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI A bureaucratic creature has crawled from murky waters of the Sacramento Delta. What could be worse? The pork-laden $11 billion proposed California Water Bond, on the ballot in 2012, that does not include any new water storage and would usurp control of water from...

Can Business Recovery Be Legislated?

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Katy Grimes: It's so exciting that fast food giant Carl's Jr. plans on opening 300 new fast food restaurants! Wow. That's such good news for the economy. Unfortunately for California, the restaurants will be opening in Texas. Carl's Jr. CEO Andy Pudzner explained the economics of CKE Restaurant...

Mono County: 59% Vacancy Rate

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

John Seiler: Here's what's really going on in California -- while Gov. Jerry Brown, the Democrats in the Legislature and the government-worker unions are plotting how to tax us more to preserve plush union pensions. Reports Yahoo Finance: American Ghost Towns of the 21st Century There are several c...

Brutal Tax Assault on Internet Sales

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

APRIL 28, 2011 By JOHN SEILER California's tax-increase cult is lobbying to grab every last dollar it can tax -- the future of the state be damned. The drumbeat is daily. I wrote yesterday how all three top Los Angeles Times columnists came out, simultaneously, for higher taxes. Even as I was wri...

Court Knocks Out Eminent Domain

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

APRIL 28, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI Chalk up one knockout punch for the little guys who oppose eminent-domain abuse. National City in San Diego County blew a $2 million hole in its General Fund budget due to a $7 million decline in sales taxes mainly as a result of declining auto and lumber sales. ...

Starve GOP Districts Of State Funds

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Katy Grimes: In a room full of Capitol journalists at the Sacramento Press Club lunch meeting Wednesday, Democratic Sen. President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg began down a road that should have frozen the insides of everyone in attendance. But even journalists get desensitized to political rhetoric. ...

Mass. Dems Might Curb Union Power

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

John Seiler: When Republicans in Wisconsin and Ohio took away some collective-bargaining rights of government-worker unions, we were warned that freedom was over; that the workers' democratic rights had been suppressed. Supportive demonstrations were held all across the country, including Californi...

Rail Authority "Ineffective"

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Katy Grimes: When a lawmaker admits that an agency created from a bond measure that he supported and help get passed has grown ineffective and needs a serious makeover, it is evident that there is a problem. Democratic Sen. Alan Lowenthal has authored a bill to overhaul the High Speed Rail Authori...