November, 2012

Government: Inefficient and inhumane

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Nov. 30, 2012 By Steven Greenhut Advocates for bigger government -- just about everyone these days -- seem to believe that government is the most efficient and humane provider of public services. It's such a bizarre way of viewing the world, but lessons about the wonders of the free market apparentl...

Lawmakers seek probe of CA refineries

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Nov. 30, 2012 By Joseph Perkins Taking time out from negotiations over the fiscal cliff, a half-dozen U.S. senators asked the Justice Department this week to investigate whether “market manipulation” by California oil refineries led to the run up in gasoline prices the Golden State’s motoris...

Crazifornia: Three ‘crappy’ regulatory battles

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Nov. 30, 2012 By Laer Pearce For a lot of very good reasons, California’s environmental regulators have earned a reputation for being, well, crappy to the rest of us. Three ongoing California regulatory battles over poop reinforce their already well-deserved reputation. The first battle is betw...

Californians fleeing to Mexico

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Nov. 30, 2012 By Chriss Street On Tuesday, President Obama met with the newly elected president of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto.  While the press focused on the Administration’s talking points for discussions on a wide range of issues from energy to climate change, the real concern is that the M...

The govt. wants your 401(k) plan

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Nov. 30, 2012 Katy Grimes: With the recent Democratic reelection win by the Obama administration, get ready for more than tax increases. The government now wants your private 401(k) retirement plan.  "As Washington debates what to do about the fiscal cliff that it foolishly created, many potent...

The union assault — covert and overt — on direct democracy

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Nov. 30, 2012 By Chris Reed For decades, signature-gathering to win placement of measures on the local or state ballot in California has followed a basic script. Once proponents gathered some 30 percent more signatures than the minimum threshold necessary, they shut down operations, confident that...

Disabled agency refuses to cut waste

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Nov. 29, 2012 By Katy Grimes The Department of Developmental  Services is a massive state agency that could immediately cut $500 million from its annual budget, according to lobbyists and experts, by getting rid of the antiquated institutions that the developmentally disabled have lived in for de...

Chapman Forecast: More sluggish growth for CA

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Nov. 29, 2012 By John Seiler Chapman University's 35th annual economic forecast projects more sluggish growth for California in 2013. It was presented Wednesday in Costa Mesa before about 1,500 business and community leaders by Chapman President Jim Doti, also an economist; and Esmael Adibi, direc...

Business closings bring huge losses

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Nov. 28, 2012 By Katy Grimes When a business closes it's doors forever, the impacts are far-reaching. The announcement of the upcoming closure of the Campbell's Soup plant in Sacramento will have regional and statewide impact. Econ. 101 I may have been a political science student, but my husban...

Well, lookie here: Jerry Brown serves as voice of reason

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Nov. 28, 2012 By Chris Reed I think Gov. Jerry Brown's good image in the media is driven much more by how competent/effective he seems in contrast to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gray Davis than by actual success in making California a better state. He is best defined as the tax collector for the pub...