Feinstein Ends Truce, Restarts Water Wars 18

MARCH 29, 2012


California’s water wars are back. U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., sent a letter to the Association of California Water Agencies late Tuesday March 27 again pitting North against South.

The letter stated Feinstein was no longer entertaining compromise legislation on House Resolution H.R. 1837, the San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act, sponsored by Rep.… Read more

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Climate Change Can Wait For Nov. Election 0

Katy Grimes: Taking a page from national political campaigns, California’s highly politically charged Air Resources Board made a surprise decision yesterday to postpone the first cap and trade auction from August to November — after the November election.

At an informational hearing about how to spend the proceeds of the sale of carbon permits, Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board announced  that the first carbon permit auction will be moved to November 14th.… Read more

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Free Speech Under Attack in Sac 6

Katy Grimes: Silencing dissenting political opinions is a tactic used throughout history when one political party dominates. In Democratically-dominated California, some on the left are trying to gin up interest in silencing talk radio.

Across the U.S., there have been frequent discussions and even attempts to bring back the Fairness Doctrine, an FCC-imposed law which was supposedly designed to ensure that broadcasters addressed political issues with a full spectrum of opinion.… Read more

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S.F. Upholds Right to Hold Public Officials Accountable 6


MARCH 27, 2012


I have been casually watching the events in San Francisco involving Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and the county Board of Supervisors. The sheriff recently plead guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence in an incident involving his wife on New Years Eve.

This very public incident has lead the mayor and city counsel to invoke a rarely used clause in San Francisco’s charter, enacted in 1995 by the voters, to suspend the Sheriff from his position.… Read more

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Tax and Spend, Tax and Spend 0

John Seiler:

Shouldn’t frugality be the order of the day? The state faces a $20 budget deficit and Gov. Jerry Brown is pushing a $9 billion tax increase.

Not for our Legislature! For them, the tax increases exist to waste even more money. It’s the same old “tax and spend, tax and spend, tax and spend….”

The Bee reports:

But this year Democrats are refusing to go along with Gov. Read more

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Jerry Brown: ‘Governor 13.3%’ 19

John Seiler:

A Wall Street Journal editorial headline today branded Gov. Jerrry Brown: “Governor 13.3%.” That’s the percentage California’s top income tax rate would be if he finagles voters into passing his tax hike this November.

It’s a great headline. And I’m going to use the phrase to refer to him in the future: Governor 13.3%.

The 13.3 percent tax top tax rate would be by far the highest in the country, well head of the current top states, Oregon and Hawaii’s rate of 11 percent.… Read more

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Cal State Presidents Receive Perks and Benefits Worth 50% of Base Pay 14

MARCH 26, 2012


California State University presidents receive perks and benefits worth as much as 50 percent of their base salaries, or more than $145,000 per year, according to compensation data released by two campuses. Cal State Sacramento and San Jose State University disclosed to CalWatchDog.com the total compensation paid to both university presidents during 2008-10. The disclosure by the two universities represents the first public estimation of the total compensation paid to the state college’s top administrators.… Read more

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CA Pols Calling For Change To U.S. Constitution 14

Katy Grimes: California Democrats are pushing for Congress to amend the United States Constitution, and impose limits on political corporate contributions. Really.

At issue is the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission Supreme Court decision.

In January 2010, the United States Supreme Court  reached the landmark decision which reaffirmed that the First Amendment did in fact, prohibit the government from restricting political expenditures by corporations and unions.… Read more

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Job Lies: When Will ‘Green’ = ‘Dishonest’? 7

MARCH 26, 2012


Just as red and blue have become associated with Republicans and Democrats, respectively, because of Election Night maps, will green someday become a synonym for fraud and dishonesty? After listening to Gov. Jerry Brown’s two years of lies, prevarications and fantasies about “green jobs,” I hope so. It would be semantic justice.

What brings this to mind is the latest fusillade of flapdoodle from Gov.… Read more

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Water Socialists Are All Wet 0

March 26, 2012

Faced with rising water rates, some politicians and community activists in Southern California are revisiting a fundamental question that most of us thought had been answered by the collapse of the Soviet Union: Is government the most efficient provider of services?

We know of the poor quality of products and services provided by government monopolies. Yet officials in Stanton and Claremont think otherwise.… Read more

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