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While Kerry fights ‘global warming’ abroad, America freezes

January 4th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Secretary of State John Kerry is on a global trip to advance his agenda to reduce global warming/climate change. The New York Times reports: "But while the public’s attention has been on his diplomacy in the Middle East, behind the scenes at the State Department Mr. Kerry has initiated a systemat...

As consultant, bullet-train boss helped write doomed business plan

January 4th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

A lengthy Comstock's profile of Jeff Morales, the former Washington D.C. and Chicago political operative brought in to save the bullet train by Gov. Jerry Brown, gets some little details about the high-speed rail project wrong and has some dubious premises. But it's a good read. Its main angle is...

Detroit police chief, former LAPD cop: Carry a gun

January 3rd, 2014 By John Seiler.

California just imposed a passel of new gun laws with the new year. A former LAPD cop urges the opposite: Detroit — If more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice about attacking them, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Thursday. Urban police chiefs are typically in favor of gun con...

DEA now requiring more prescription data

January 3rd, 2014 By John Seiler.

California's implementation of Obamacare is called Covered California. One thing they definitely cover is collecting a lot more data on you -- for themselves and for private companies. Breitbart reports: "In what you can interpret as either an act of corporate altruism, corporate lobbying, or a mix...

Maryland’s poor hammered by energy price spike — CA’s next

January 3rd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

A point that can never be made enough about the policies of California Democrats is how much they actually hurt poor people. Their top priority is pleasing the richest part of their base -- unions, trial lawyers and the urban professionals for whom environmentalism is a religion. So they oppose a...

CA = NYC?

January 2nd, 2014 By John Seiler.

Whenever Gov. Jerry Brown leaves office, a top favorite to follow him is Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. In New York City for the inauguration of the city's new liberal Democratic mayor, Bill de Blasio, Newsom backed the mayor's program for a lot more government. Reported the New York Times: “The mayor ha...

2013 saw emergence of potential giant CA defense contractor

January 2nd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Most of the reports last month that Mountain View-based Google bought Boston Dynamics -- its eighth recent purchase of a robotics firm -- focused on how this fit in with so many "moon shot" Google initiatives. Some stories looked forward to the arrival of Google personal assistant robots that pair u...

Unregulated CA entrepreneurs thrive in … the pot business

January 1st, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Happy New Year! Are you familiar with the state that has such an innovative and advanced marijuana industry that quality control extends to making sure pot brands consistently produce the same sensations? Where entrepreneurs are turning to increasingly sophisticated tools to improve their product...

Can liberty in America be saved in 2014?

January 1st, 2014 By Katy Grimes.

What will Liberty look like in 2014? And no, it's not a car. Liberty is something we often hear about, but isn't exactly a topic of discussion at dinner parties. If we don't really know what liberty is, how will we know when it is taken away, or if it is being taken away? Unfortunately, it...

LAT’s Vartabedian, Skelton leave LAT editorial board looking silly

December 31st, 2013 By Chris Reed.

When it comes to the bullet train, The Los Angeles Times' editorial page has been left to look foolish -- by its own reporter and columnist. Nexis shows no L.A. Times' editorials on the topic for more than two years. The last one was the instantly infamous editorial from November 2011 -- infamous...

Only 2 Californians make Gallup’s ‘most admired’ list

December 30th, 2013 By John Seiler.

Every December Gallup asks Americans whom they "most admire." Not surprisingly, this year's winners repeated from last year. At 16 percent, President Obama was the most admired man. And at 15 percent, former Secretary of State -- and potential next president -- Hillary Clinton was the most admired w...

Rich sheltering dough in South Dakota

December 30th, 2013 By John Seiler.

When Proposition 30 was being pitched in the fall of 2012, Gov. Jerry Brown and others pooh-poohed the idea that rich folks would find ways to avoid its $7 billion in new taxes. Because the national and state economies have been growing, and the Prop. 30 money has been flowing in, it seems as if Bro...

San Diego’s law-driven stench problem: Dickens was right

December 30th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

In fall 2012, The New York Times shared a pathetic San Diego story with the nation. The piece was headlined "California Cove Blessed With Nature's Beauty Reels From Its Stench." Sample: "In beautiful La Jolla Cove, art galleries and coffee shops meet a stretch of unspoiled cliffs and Pacific Ocean....

Will Kamala Harris monkey-wrench CA pension reform — again?

December 29th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

I've been following California politics obsessively since 1990, and I simply have never seen an editorial like the Los Angeles Times' piece Friday exhorting Attorney General Kamala Harris to do an ethical and honest job in preparing a ballot statement for a 2014 pension-reform initiative. Remember,...

New gun laws firing in 2014

December 29th, 2013 By John Seiler.

The New Year brings a fusillade of new gun laws Californians must follow. Capital Public Radio reports: Some California gun owners say they're confused about the new gun laws that will take effect in 2014.  The law causing the most confusion doesn't take effect in 2014.  It will ban lead ammunit...

Housing market problems

December 28th, 2013 By John Seiler.

CalWatchDog.com stories repeatedly have warned that the optimism over California being "back," as Gov. Jerry Brown insists, may be overblown. That doesn't mean a recession is approaching, only that policymakers ought to be careful. Now this from AP: The number of Americans applying for mortgages...

California’s international competition

December 27th, 2013 By John Seiler.

Maybe the publication that is most influential among the global elite is Foreign Affairs, which is published by the Council on Foreign Relations. The new Jan/Feb 2014 number includes a symposium on, "Where to Bet Now: Six Markets to Watch." This is important for California because: 1) California is ...

Trial lawyers’ front group continues to get helping hand from media

December 27th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

Consumer Watchdog's name should be Trial Lawyers' Helper. The organization aggressively works on many fronts to increase the ease with which trial lawyers can take money from people. If it is indeed a "consumer watchdog," than it would be transparent about its operations. It isn't. As Steve Maviglio...

‘Jailed’ teachers protected by union; other teachers vote to decertify CTA

December 27th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

November and December proved interesting times for teachers and their unions as the calendar marched toward 2014. While some unions are protecting teachers accused of abusing children, other teacher groups voted to decertify their union. In the first major development, the Los Angeles School Repo...

California’s annoying warmth and sunshine

December 26th, 2013 By John Seiler.

I have a tendency to work straight through the day from when I get up at 7 am. Fortunately, I have a dog who insists on being taken out so I walk every few hours wearing a t-shirt and shorts. But I just had another interruption: It's 82 degrees outside here in Huntington Beach and the sun is blaz...

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Joseph Perkins
Joseph Perkins, now assistant editor of the Orange County Register Opinion Pages, started his career as an editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal. After serving on the White House Staff of former Vice President Dan Quayle he wrote for the San Diego Union-Tribune where he authored a nationally-syndicated column. Before writing for CalWatchdog.com, Mr. Perkins was also Business Editor for San Diego Magazine.
Chris Reed
Chris Reed is a regular contributor to Cal Watchdog. Reed is an editorial writer for U-T San Diego. Before joining the U-T in July 2005, he was the opinion-page columns editor and wrote the featured weekly Unspin column for The Orange County Register. Reed was on the national board of the Association of Opinion Page Editors from 2003-2005. From 2000 to 2005, Reed made more than 100 appearances as a featured news analyst on Los Angeles-area National Public Radio affiliate KPCC-FM. From 1990 to 1998, Reed was an editor, metro columnist and film critic at the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin in Ontario. Reed has a political science degree from the University of Hawaii (Hilo campus), where he edited the student newspaper, the Vulcan News, his senior year. He is on Twitter: @chrisreed99.
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Brian Calle is Editor-in-Chief of CalWatchdog.com and the Opinion Editor for the Orange County Register. His work has appeared in Bloomberg, Fox News, Forbes, Real Clear Politics, Human Events, Real Clear Markets and City Journal, among other websites and publications. Find him on Twitter: @briancalle
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John Seiler has been writing about California for 25 years. That includes 22 years as an editorial writer for the Orange County Register and two years for CalWatchDog.com, where he is managing editor. He attended the University of Michigan and graduated from Hillsdale College. He was a Russian linguist in U.S. Army military intelligence from 1978 to 1982. He was an editor and writer for Phillips Publishing Company from 1983 to 1986. He has written for Policy Review, Chronicles, LewRockwell.com, Flash Report and numerous other publications. His email: writejohnseiler@gmail.com

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