May, 2011

Bee's Glaring Op Ed Omission

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Katy Grimes:  Martha Penry, "a special education teacher's assistant in the Twin Rivers school district" wrote an op ed in today's Sacramento Bee, defending the escalating and unsustainable spending on California's public employee pensions, and even blamed "Wall Street greed" for the "headline-g...

Memorial Day Weekend in So. Cal.

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

John Seiler: Forget politics for a couple of days. It's a beautiful Memorial Day weekend in Southern California. Yesterday I took this picture of a 59 Cadillac. What a beauty. It was in front of a Bank of America in Huntington Beach. Elvis was inside the building writing a check. May 28, 2011 &...

Court Decision Could Spur Prison Reform

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

MAY 23, 2011 By JOHN SEILER Today's U.S. Supreme Court decision mandating California state prison reductions must lead to long-needed reforms. The decision upheld a lower court ruling that from 38,000 to 46,000 must be released due to overcrowding that violated the Eight Amendment's ban on "cruel ...

May Revise Blows $6.6 B Tax Windfall

Monday, May 16th, 2011

MAY 16, 2011 By JOHN SEILER Call it Government Math. In his January budget proposal for fiscal 2011-12, Gov. Jerry Brown insisted on $12 billion in yearly tax increases to help close a $25 billion budget deficit. Today, in his May Revise to the budget, he announced that the state will enjoy $6.6 b...

Unions Say: 'Shut Up and Pay Us'

Monday, May 16th, 2011

MAY 16, 2011 Yet another report confirms the enormous liabilities that California taxpayers must endure to pay for pensions for public employees. The study, released May 5 at a Pension Boot Camp for elected officials held near Sacramento by the reform group Californians for Fiscal Responsibility, e...

Griping Teachers & Bad Grammar

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Katy Grimes: Sitting in the Capitol lunchroom Wednesday after the big Senate education hearing, I overheard some interesting comments from the teachers union activists. Wearing matching blue t-shirts that read, "CTA - We Are One," it was evident that these weren't your father's teachers. And they ...

Prop. 13 Still Left's Bogeyman

Monday, May 9th, 2011

MAY 9, 2011 California has become such a basket case that outsiders are starting to parachute in and report on the tales of woe from our deficit-racked, economically stagnant and politically dysfunctional state. It makes for good reading for a broader audience, and the reporters can enjoy themselve...

LAO Says Zero Out AB 32 Funding

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

MAY 4, 2011 California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 is in every sense of the word a landmark piece of legislation. Known by its legislative moniker AB 32, the law is, by far, the most sweeping and hard-hitting experiment in climate change of any of the nation’s 50 states. Beginning t...

Another L.A. Unified Boondoggle

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

John Seiler: Gov. Jerry Brown and the teachers unions (but I repeat myself) are lobbying for $12 billion in tax increases "for the children." The kids will suffer, supposedly, if massive cuts are made to their schools. (Never mind that hefty teacher pay and pensions could be cut.) But, where's the...