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CA: Golden State to welfare state

May 28th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Reader Manfred von Borks, Sc.D., sent us his analysis of what happened to California: California – The transition from a Golden State to a Warehouse/Welfare State:  In the beginning there was real gold in the ground and the people came, then WWII and a relaxed California was instantly transform...

CEQA shakedowns and the mansion that Wal-Mart built

May 28th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Liam Dillon in the Voice of San Diego has a sharp profile of San Diego lawyer Cory Briggs, an unapologetic user of the California Environmental Quality Act as a self-enrichment tool: "No attorney sues under the state’s main environmental quality law more than him. "These lawsuits all tend to fol...

CalSTRS bailout will be CA version of budget sequester

May 27th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

On April 10, 2012, I wrote an op-ed for the L.A. Daily News with an unusual take on what ultimately would kill the bullet train. My theory was that the teachers unions would fight to keep a new mouth from the trough of the general fund because of the long-term need to maintain a status quo in which ...

CA GOP’s Arnold Problem

May 27th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Going on 11 years now, the California Republican Party has an "Arnold Problem." Gone from office now almost four years, ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger continues to loom over the party. Here's what "The Terminator" promised during the 2003 "Total Recall" election: The reality: Arnold swept the...

Covered CA failing

May 26th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Just like the Veterans Administration, Covered California -- the state's implementation of Obamacare -- is failing its patients. That's what happens under socialized medicine. The Los Angeles Times reported: Nearly 1,500 Californians have complained to state regulators in the last four months about...

GM vs. Toyota disparity: Our gangster government

May 26th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

In February, I wrote about the Obama administration imposing a $1.2 billion fine on Toyota for a pseudo-scandal involving the alleged "sudden acceleration" of the company's vehicles -- a media-abetted debacle that began in San Diego because a floor mat that was the wrong size led to a terrible fatal...

Texas shale history provides key context on downbeat CA report

May 25th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The new federal report sharply reducing the amount of oil believed to be "technically recoverable" in California's Monterey Shale triggered glee among the greens who hate fossil fuels. But as the Bakersfield Californian reported, oil companies hardly saw the report as a game-changer in their pursuit...

Would Donnelly run hurt GOP in U.S. House?

May 25th, 2014 By John Seiler.

I've been watching political campaigns since Barry Goldwater vs. the Ogre LBJ in 1964. And this just doesn't seem right to me. Roll Call reports on how a victory in the Top Two primary by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly over Neel Kashkari supposedly would bring out Democrats enraged by Donnelly's anti-imm...

Typical Sacramento: Weak CalSTRS fix made even weaker

May 24th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

So Gov. Jerry Brown is finally forced by events to come up with a CalSTRS pension rescue plan. And as Dan Borenstein points out, it's so cautious that it doesn't prevent CalSTRS' underfunding from getting worse for some time to come: "For more than a decade, lawmakers have ignored the increasing sh...

Bring Ol’ Sparky back to CA?

May 23rd, 2014 By John Seiler.

California hasn't executed anyone in more than 8 years. And just 14 since it was allowed again in 1978. Problems remain with lawsuits concerning the lethal-injection method. And a proposed initiative would shorten death-penalty appeals. But maybe Tennesses has found a way to re-start execution...

A California vs. Texas analysis that breaks the mold

May 23rd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The California vs. Texas fight has gotten stale for my tastes. It's insanely annoying how so many California defenders simply ignore basic facts like Texas is creating more middle-class jobs or that Texas' Latino and black students do better than California's in K-12 test scores such as the NAEP....

Poll: Special interests run state govt.

May 22nd, 2014 By John Seiler.

People finally are catching on that "government of the people" isn't. The Public Policy Institute of California's new poll finds: "A strong majority says state government is pretty much run by a few big interests looking out for themselves (68%), while just 24 percent say it is run for the benef...

Swearengin had no faith in a) her constituents and/or b) herself

May 22nd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin -- an articulate, TV-savvy, photogenic Republican -- is a good bet to finish second in the June 3 state primary for controller behind former Assembly Speaker John Perez, a Los Angeles Democrat who will then go on to defeat Swearengin 56%-44% in November. But for som...

Covered CA = VA

May 21st, 2014 By John Seiler.

Some thoughts for Memorial Day, which approaches on Monday. If there's one government program I favor, it's helping America's severely wounded veterans. When they signed up to defend our freedoms, they were promised that, should they be hurt in combat, the military would take care of them. Plain ...

2007 press release shows rail authority touting CEQA compliance

May 21st, 2014 By Chris Reed.

A Tuesday afternoon AP story laid out the latest courtroom developments involving the bullet-train fiasco: "SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's $68 billion bullet train project should be exempt from the state's strict environmental review process now that it is subject to federal oversight, th...

Gov. Brown blames wildfires on global warming

May 20th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Gov. Jerry Brown has been blaming the wildfires on global warming/climate. The Times summarized his recent statements: "We here in California are on the front lines," Brown said on ABC in the first of two Sunday morning news show appearances.... The governor repeated his belief that this spring's...

CA workforce participation hits 38-year low

May 20th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The same state survey of labor statistics that led to headlines last week about California having its lowest unemployment rate in nearly six years also had some much less positive news. The California Center for Jobs & the Economy noted these stats on Monday. The first: "California’s Lab...

San Fran = Rwanda

May 19th, 2014 By John Seiler.

San Francisco is by far the most liberal city in the United States. In the 2012 election, it voted 83 percent for Democratic President Obama and 13 percent for Republican Mitt Romney. So one would think that SF would have the least "income inequality" of any city in America. Income inequality is...

Radicals almost burned alive UC official faulted for Occupy response

May 19th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

As the left's thoughtcrime offensive gears up, the latest victim is former UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgenau, who backed out of a speaking role at Haverford University graduation ceremonies after campus "progressives" demanded it. They're upset over Birgenau's response to Occupy protests on hi...

Laffer explains why people flee CA

May 19th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Dr. Arthur Laffer helped design the Proposition 13 tax cuts in California in 1978, which undergird what little prosperity California still has; and President Reagan's 1981-83 tax cuts, which provided 25 years of prosperity, with two minor recessions (because the government ignored Laffer's advice), ...

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