May, 2011

Does Prison Decision Violate States' Rights?

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

MAY 25, 2011 By JOHN SEILER Tuesday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, effectively putting the federal courts in charge of California prisons, directly involved the question of states' rights. The decision, Brown vs. Plata, mandated that from 38,000 to 46,000 must be released because overcrowd...

Rail Program In Deep Doo-Doo

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

MAY 24, 2011 You know a massive government program is in trouble when even its hand-picked “working group” of insiders starts crying foul. This is exactly what happened to the increasingly troubled California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHRSA) earlier this month. Already suffering under the wei...

California Enviro Policy Goes Schizo

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

MAY 19, 2011 By DAVE ROBERTS California's energy utilities have been ordered by state officials to provide one third of their energy from renewable sources -- solar, wind and geothermal -- by 2020. But in a green Catch 22, California's government places numerous roadblocks in the way of those util...

State Threatens Parks Closures

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

MAY 18, 2011 It was an unseasonably cool and rainy Sunday afternoon, and there were about two dozen of us standing under the entry porch of the Governor’s Mansion on Sunday. Usually just two or three tourists show up these days, and the tour guide couldn’t believe the size of the crowd. “Is t...

Healthy Families Budget Cancer Cut

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

John Seiler: Good news: Due to the state budget crunch of recent years, spending has been cut on the so-called "Healthy Families" state program. Healthy Families was imposed on the state during the regime of "moderate" Republican Gov. Pete Wilson back in the 1990s. He was running for president, an...

Protests Pour Gas on Budget Fires

Friday, May 13th, 2011
Protests Pour Gas on Budget Fires

John Seiler: Today firemen and teachers in Los Angeles staged protests against proposed budget cuts. The L.A. Times reports: Dozens of firefighters in matching white T-shirts packed City Hall on Friday to protest a budget proposal that would cut 18 fire companies and four ambulances from the Los ...

Tax 'Brown Out' from Cap-and-Trade?

Friday, May 13th, 2011

MAY 13, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI Will working class opposition to California’s cap-and-trade program lead to a tax “Brown Out”? The usual meaning of “brown out” means a lowering of power voltage for a period of time, as in “rolling brown outs.” Now it will be reinterpreted to mean a ...

LAO Rings Death Knell for High-Speed Rail

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
LAO Rings Death Knell for High-Speed Rail

APRIL 11, 2011 By JOHN SEILER The high-speed choo-choo is dead. A new report by the Legislative Analyst effectively drives a silver railroad spike through its heart. In 2008, voters passed Proposition 1A, the grandiloquently named Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st C...

LAO Blows Up Bullet Train

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

MAY 11, 2011 There’s something truly exhausting -- no, dispiriting -- about reading the latest state Legislative Analysts Office (LAO) report on California’s immense high-speed rail undertaking. Released at noon on May 10, the document runs just 28 pages but utterly dismantles the current, huge...

Democrats Pushing More CA Food Stamps

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

MAY 10, 2011 By DAVE ROBERTS "I've never forgotten Jack Kemp saying the way we define compassion is not by adding up how many people receive government benefits, but rather tallying the numbers of those who no longer need them. The Democrat Party is not interested in that definition of compassion. ...