Petty Lawsuit Shows Leaders’ Motive 1

Katy Grimes: A petty lawsuit filed by Assembly Speaker John Perez and Senate Pres. Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg against the state Controller demonstrates the legal levels the Democratic leaders are willing to go. While it may sound as if this is a legal precedence-setting opportunity, it’s not their dime – taxpayers are funding the entire lawsuit.

Precedence is always easy to pursue when someone else is paying the attorney’s fees.… Read more

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Bored CA Billionaire Groups Merge 0

JAN. 28, 2012

“Think Forward and Long” or “Think Long and Forward California.” I suggest one of those as the new name for the merging government reform groups California Forward and Think Long.  Because the ridiculousness of the name should be as ridiculous as the hailed move.

This is what former politicians do who can’t go back to the private sector once they leave public office.… Read more

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Romney Win Makes CA Irrelevant 11

John Seiler:

The California primary’s late date, in June, usually makes it irrelevant. By then, one candidate usually has come to the fore of the Democratic or Republican parties.

Yet California commentators still salivate over actually having something worthy to report. Writes Josh Richman: “For months, nobody figured California Republicans would have a say in picking their party’s 2012 presidential contender — the state’s June 5 primary was just too late to matter.”

“But suddenly, as a volatile and vicious GOP battle barrels toward Tuesday’s Florida primary, uncertainty is setting in as some pundits start to wonder: Could the Golden State’s mother lode of delegates actually make a difference?”

Not gonna happen.… Read more

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CARB, Nichols Ignore Global COOLING 0

John Seiler:

In California, everything is upside down.

On Friday, the California Air Resources Board clicked its jackboots and ordered one in seven Calfornia cars to be “ultra clean” by 2025. That means “battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell and plug-in hybrid vehicles.”

It’s supposed to cut the greenhouse gases that supposedly cause global warming.

CARB Commissar Mary Nichols explained, “Today’s vote … represents a new chapter for clean cars in California and in the nation as a whole.” Of course, there was no vote by the people of California.… Read more

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Water Wars Flood L.A. Central Basin 0

JAN. 30, 2012

By WAYNE LUSVARDI

Remember “Chinatown,” the murky 1974 movie about the water wars in the Los Angeles Basin in the 1930s, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway?

A January 18 California appeals court water rights case is reminiscent of the multilayered plots and subplots in the flick.

The “Chinatown” movie plot involves fictional character Hollis Mulwray who is  murdered due to his opposition to the proposed construction of a new dam. … Read more

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Americans Need Courage from Leaders 0

Jan. 30, 2012

“Now, a return to the American values of fair play and shared responsibility will help protect our people and our economy. But it should also guide us as we look to pay down our debt and invest in our future.”

— President Barack Obama, State of the Union address, Jan. 24, 2012

This speech was the latest reminder of the shockingly low state of political discourse in America.… Read more

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Will Enviros Bend on CEQA Reform? 0

Jan. 28, 2012

CEQA, the California Environmental Quality Act, has long been the third rail of politics here in theGoldenState. If a politician dare touch it, he or she is dead to the state’s powerful environmental lobby.

Gov. Jerry Brown this week placed environmentalists in a quandary. He released a package of CEQA reforms that would expedite the approval process for both “infill” housing projects and solar energy projects (provided they are to be built on existing rooftops or parking lots).… Read more

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CA Politicians Pander on Foreclosures 12

JAN. 27, 2011

By WAYNE LUSVARDI

On the eve of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, 16 California House Democrats pleaded for more relief for homeowners in foreclosure.  It was all show and no go, however. It was all meant to posture and pander before TV cameras and fawning newspaper reporters covering the State of the Union speech.… Read more

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