August, 2011

CA Lost in Clean Energy Labyrinth

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

California’s entangled clean energy policy just added another program to an already convoluted, growing bureaucracy. The new program, signed into law August 2 by Gov. Brown, is supposed to assist property owners with financing for green-energy projects. While a financing component may soun...

Your Tax Money Stays in Vegas

Thursday, August 4th, 2011
Your Tax Money Stays in Vegas

The state is broke and cutting budgets sharply. Yet the prison guards are heading for a high time in Vegas -- at the taxpayers' expense. Reports the State Worker: The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has set aside about $350,000 to pay several hundred corrections officers while they a...

Govt. Raids Calif. Raw Milk Producer

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

If you want a treat, drink some raw milk. It's tastes so much better -- and is better for you -- than the chalky pasturized stuff. The same with raw cheese and butter. It does cost more. That is, if you can find this delicacy. Sometimes Mother's Market and other health-food stores have it in ...

AB 350: The Hire Lousy Workers Act

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

The assault on California businesses has been going full throttle in the current legislative session. It's conducted by union-backed Democratic legislators oblivious to the state's 11.8 percent unemployment rate and ranking as one of the the worst states in the country in which to do business. ...

Sacramento Crashes Taxi Owners

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Sacramento is competing with San Francisco for the award for the most abusive, nuttiest city in California. Demonstrating a total disregard for private enterprise, the Sacramento City Council is considering adopting an ordinance to impose a two-year hold on taxicab permits. The city council...

Stadium Dreams and Sacramento Kings

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

For the past couple years we have watched our home town struggle to keep the Sacramento Kings basketball team in Sacramento. We have also observed the proposed attempt to build a new $400 million stadium for the team in downtown Sacramento at the old Southern Pacific railroad yards. We have a...

Kevin De Leon Fights Evil Unfitted Sheets!

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Commentary The Legislative  Goofball of The Session Award goes to Sen. Kevin De Leon, D-Los Angeles, for his Senate Bill 432 that mandates that hotels use fitted sheets rather than unfitted sheets on mattresses. Other legislators have promoted more damaging and far-reaching bills, but De Leon's ...

Assembly Must Open Secret Budget

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

The leadership in the California Assembly seems to think it's the Supreme Soviet, the legislative body of the old Soviet Union. It's not. The Assembly represents the people of California. And the people have the right to know what's going on there, including with the Assembly's budget. Yet, r...

Voting Out the Electoral College

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Creating over-reaching solutions for non-existent problems is what California legislators are good at. A textbook example of this is a bill awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature which would change the state’s Electoral College process. AB 459 passed in the Legislature in July without any...

Sacramento’s Delusions of Grandeur

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Sacramento officials are still actively pursuing building a downtown sports arena and entertainment facility. Despite climbing unemployment in the region, escalating business closures, widespread home foreclosures and declining tax revenue, arena talks are in full swing. City officials have cut majo...