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No more warrantless cop cell phone snooping

June 25th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Recently in Southern California, some cops stopped some friends of mine in a parking lot for no reason. There was no arrest. But the cops did search their cell phone call logs. hen  let  them go. Now the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that's unconstitutional. According to the story, "Justices eve...

Fellow Latino Dem puts De Leon on spot over Vergara

June 25th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The most powerful Latino politician in California is being called out over how he will respond to the Vergara decision, which held that teacher tenure laws punish minority students in Golden State public schools. Kevin De Leon, who will soon take over as president of the California Senate, was cited...

Vergara’s grim implications for CA Dems ignored

June 24th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

When Asian-American lawmakers objected to efforts by black and Latino lawmakers to gut Proposition 209 and bring racial quotas back to college admissions and other state government programs, the California media thought that was news. Nexis shows 85 stories about the proposed changes to Prop. 209 in...

Report: Global warming data bogus

June 23rd, 2014 By John Seiler.

Can we repeal AB 32 now? Both Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who signed AB 32 (shown in the nearby picture), and Gov. Jerry Brown, who is implementing it, said global warming science was "certain." But now there's more evidence the temperatures were cooked, like putting a match under your thermomete...

This won’t end well: Coastal Commission gets more power

June 22nd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Budget trailer bills continue to be a great vehicle for legslative mischief in Sacramento. Here we go again, reports the Merc-News: "The California Coastal Commission can now fine property owners who illegally block public access to beaches, putting new teeth into a 38-year-old environmental law, u...

Amtrak, CA high-speed rail cancel joint train agreement

June 22nd, 2014 By John Seiler.

It's another blow to California's high-speed rail project. AP reported: SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority said Friday that they canceled a joint agreement seeking companies to build high-speed trains for them, a proposal billed as a way to save money and l...

Brown vs. Kashkari debate

June 21st, 2014 By John Seiler.

Let's hope Gov. Jerry Brown accepts the invitation to debate Neel Kashkari issued by the consortium that hosted Brown's debate in 2010 with Meg Whitman. The Orange County Register and KABC also have reached out to Brown for a debate they would sponsor. Brown is the key to the debates. Kashkari o...

Green hypocrisy: ‘The problem is it’s going to be visible’

June 21st, 2014 By Chris Reed.

For years, the hypocrisy of environmentalists has been on display with the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound, near Cape Cod, Mass. The project has finally begun construction but only after a 13-year campaign by rich liberals to block the alternative energy plant because wind turbines would mes...

Chapman Forecast: Steady CA growth

June 20th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Chapman University's new economic forecast projects steady but not spectacular economic growth for California and the nation. Real U.S. GDP growth could continue at about 2 percent a year. That's not as good as the 5 percent or more during previous recoveries, but obviously better than a recession. ...

Auditor blasts illegal sterilization of inmates

June 19th, 2014 By John Seiler.

It's hard to think of anything more dehumanizing that illegally sterilizing someone. It takes away their right to reproduce. But that's what happened in California prisons from 2005 to 2013. An audit released today by the California Auditor looked into the malpractice. If found: "During our revi...

What CA can learn from North Dakota’s stunning boom

June 19th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The boom that North Dakota's enjoyed because of fracking is usually depicted in newspaper stories and network reports as being about housing shortages and a flood of in-migration driven by job hunters. Rarely do accounts offer stark statistics that illustrate just how big the boom has been. Thank...

Chart warns of possible stock crash

June 18th, 2014 By John Seiler.

We can't predict the future. But we prudently can make preparations for unfortunate events. That's why the California government and local governments should make sure they have budget surpluses. Check out the following chart. It shows that the current DJIA stock rally (blue line) is si...

Dem strategist (albeit a paid one) rips Nanny State push

June 18th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

A classic Nanny State bill failed in committee Tuesday within hours after a leading Democratic strategist warned California lawmakers that they shouldn't count on flattering headlines if it kept advancing. Details on the bill's demise from the LAT: "A proposal to affix health warning labels to s...

State auditor dings CPUC on passenger carriers

June 17th, 2014 By John Seiler.

The California Public Utilities Commission is supposed to look out for consumers. But the California Auditor just found they have done a bad job regulating "passenger carriers" -- such as limousines. The CPUC does this through its Transformation Enforcement Branch. But the audit found: The co...

Only in CA: Costly edicts depicted as jobs programs

June 17th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed AB 32 into law in 2006, he did so after first demanding that the measure include a provision that would allow a governor to suspend it if there was evidence the law was hurting the economy. This was in recognition of the fact that forcing the state to have more...

Three powerful liberal papers hail Vergara ruling

June 16th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

That the Vergara vs. California ruling last week is a landmark that will affect U.S. public education going forward -- even if it is appealed and thrown out -- is a general consensus among the pundits and education experts I've read. Of course, union officials disagree. And so do many of the tired ...

6 stories out of 317: LAT, Bee, Chronicle hide Obama fracking views

June 15th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

I have been whining about how the media cover big issues for decades, but there is something uniquely strange about the decision of the California media -- in the midst of a sharp state debate over fracking -- to not mention that the Obama administration considers it safe. I have heard that some ...

Knives already out for CA’s emerging House star

June 14th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The flurry of reports that Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, is a lock to replace Eric Cantor of Virginia as House majority leader has led the mainstream media to do the usual profiles and think pieces about D.C.'s newest political star. Some of it is even enjoyable speculation that his rise is ba...

Cap-and-trade share not close to $ bullet train needs

June 13th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Gov. Jerry Brown has managed to secure a steady source of funding -- cap-and-trade fees related to AB 32 -- for his $68 billion bullet-train project. It appears that he did so by winning teacher unions' support with a simply bizarre budget provision forcing school districts to spend down their reser...

UTLA boss goes Orwell: Teachers=students

June 13th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Tuesday's historic Vergara vs. California ruling was likened to Brown vs. Board of Education by none other than Rolf Treu, the judge who issued the decision. But has anyone noticed how quiet Latino Democrats are about the ruling, outside of Antonio Villaraigosa and Gloria Romero? I asked Assemblywom...

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