February, 2012

Assemblyman Calls CARB Out

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Katy Grimes: UPDATED: 3/1/2012 Assemblyman Brian Jones crisply expressed his frustration today at an Assembly Budget Committee hearing, when he called-out  Mary Nichols for not attending the hearing. Nichols is the California Air Resources Board Director. "CARB is a rogue agency," Jones, R-S...

Republicans Preparing California Comeback

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

FEB. 29, 2012 By BRIAN CALLE BURLINGAME -- CALIFORNIA REPUBLICAN CONVENTION -- Will California be Reagan Country again? California’s Republican Party in recent years has been relegated to a regional party with little ability to gain traction in statewide elections. The devastating results for t...

NBC-S.D. Quotes Me on Food Stamps

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

John Seiler: Here's the clip of me appearing on NBC-San Diego talking about food stamp abuse. The great host is Christine Haas: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/video/#!/news/local/Suspicion-Surrounds-Food-Stamp-Use/140439093 (Note: I originally had the video imbeded, but that stopped working. Click on...

CA Dems Push Sham River ‘Consensus’

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

FEB. 29, 2012 By WAYNE LUSVARDI The waters are being roiled again in the Delta. The roiling concerns H.R. 1837, the Republican-backed San Joaquin River Reliability Act currently pending before the U.S. House of Representatives. Northern California Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, says the bi...

Governance by Boondoggle

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

FEB. 29, 2012 The road to California’s financial recovery will be long and arduous. But a first good step is putting an end to taxpayer-financed boondoggles. We know from the collapse of the Soviet Union and other failed regimes around the world that centrally planned job creation does not wor...

Broke State Budget Hits Dead End

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

FEB. 29, 2012 By KATY GRIMES In in an effort to avoid a cash-flow problem, State Treasurer Bill Lockyer appeared on Bloomberg news last week talking about the sale of $1 billion in state revenue anticipation notes to Barclay's and JP Morgan. “The private placement deal is part of a $3.3 billi...

Forget About Pension Reform

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Steven Greenhut: Sen. Mimi Walters' statement today speaks volumes about the chances for pension reform in California these days: “I am deeply disappointed that the Pension Conference Committee today ended public hearings without debate, discussion and a vote on the Governor’s pension reform lan...

Enviros Seek Gray Wolf Protection

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Joseph Perkins: A single gray wolf was sighted on this side of the California-Oregon border this past December. On Monday, four environmental groups petitioned the state’s Fish and Game Commission to protect that lone wolf -- and any others that happen across the state’s northern border -- unde...

Sen. GOP Blocks Cal State Confirmation

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

FEB. 28, 2012 By JOHN HRABE The Senate Republican Caucus scored a major victory for taxpayers Monday by blocking the confirmation of the embattled chairman of the California State University Board of Trustees, Herbert Carter. Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, told the Los ...

Military Base Closures Could Hit Economy

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

FEB. 28, 2012 By KATY GRIMES California’s economy is in the tank. That is old news. While there doesn't seem to be relief on the horizon, there is now talk about military base closures. And as with any large employer planning on leaving the state or closing, the economic impacts to the state cou...