How government really works

January 9th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Politicians and government bureaucrats always paint a wonderful picture of how great their policies and programs will work. Just give them more money, and nirvana will arrive. But sometimes, the government functionaries tell us what really goes on. Here's former Secretary of Defense Robert G...

West Covina public school allegedly bans Jesus

January 8th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Isaiah Martinez is just a little kid. But he's quickly learning about what is and what is not allowed in California public schools. KTLA reported: "A religious liberty advocacy group has threatened legal action against the West Covina school district because a first-grade student was allegedly...

Robert Gates scorns the RINOs who don't get ripped enough

January 8th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

One of the wonderful things about the rise of Ron and Rand Paul and the increasingly libertarian tone of some of the young Republicans elected to Congress is that they are shunning the mindless embrace of military spending that has been the GOP norm forever -- whether when it was vaguely justifiable...

‘Arena derangement syndrome’ afflicts Sacramento

January 7th, 2014 By Katy Grimes.

Call it "arena derangement syndrome," or ADS. It afflicts cities trying to use taxpayer money for new sports arenas or stadiums. It's now threatening the validation of 35,000 ballot initiative petition signatures that would halt the proposed subsidy of a new arena for Sacramento's Kings basketba...

Spendaholics Anonymous?

January 7th, 2014 By John Seiler.

State legislators are pledging they won't spend all the windfall of new revenue produced by the economic recovery and the Proposition 7 tax increase. AP reported: State lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday for the second half of their two-year session, one that is expected to be marked ...

Pipes: Obamacare devours itself

January 6th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Sally Pipes writes today in Forbes an article titled, "The Obamacare Law Devours Itself With Exemptions Amid 5 Million (And Counting) Cancellations." She is the president and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute,'s parent company. She has written three books on Obamacare. ...

Brown seeks to prop up doomed bullet train with AB 32 $

January 6th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

As warned in this spot, Gov. Jerry Brown is conflating two of the state's worst programs: "Brown plans to propose spending millions of dollars in fees paid by carbon producers to aid the state's controversial high-speed rail project. "The proposal - and the prospect of additional funding from the ...

As with fracking, Obama shuns green cultists on GMO foods

January 5th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

One of the most puzzling phenomena I've seen in years of watching the California media is how they simply won't report that the Obama administration considers fracking to be just another heavy industry that can be made safe with routine regulation. This refusal to discomfit the greens who think frac...

Media spiked stories on ice-stuck ship carrying global warmers

January 5th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Ya gotta love it. Global warmers boarded a ship to Antarctica to prove global warming was melting the ice caps, but this happened: A group of climate change scientists were rescued by helicopter Jan. 2, after being stranded in the ice since Christmas morning. But the majority of the broadcast ne...

Background: UFW lost battle to Gerawan in Superior Court

January 4th, 2014 By Katy Grimes.

Note: This is additional backround to the series of stories has been running on the court battle between Gerawan Farms and the United Farm Workers union. The following is from late November, but has not been reported elsewhere. An order issued by a Sacramento Superior Court judg...

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...


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...

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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, 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.
Brian Calle
Brian Calle is Editor-in-Chief of 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
John Seiler
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, 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,, Flash Report and numerous other publications. His email:

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