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CA law promoting school choice, competition barely used

July 14th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Advocates of education choice in California have been fighting the good fight for decades. They've gotten nowhere with school vouchers but have a strong record with charters -- albeit a record that requires a constant struggle to defend against the hostility of teacher unions. The U.S. Education ...

Backdrop to CalPERS’ many debacles: Agency thinks it’s great

July 13th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The giant California Public Employees' Retirement System, as one might suspect from its massive and self-important Sacramento headquarters, thinks it is the bomb -- a flawless organization that should inspire awe in onlookers. Yes, of course, the phenomenon of government agency leaders and their ...

Berkeley: Poor have right to free pot

July 13th, 2014 By John Seiler.

This sounds like a Cheech and Chong routine. The People's Republic of Berkeley has mandated that medical-marijuana dispensaries must give free pot to poor people. As marijuana is legalized in more places, that likely will spread across the country. In modern America, anything banned soon becomes ...

Profiting from stem-cell public-private partnership

July 12th, 2014 By John Seiler.

While governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger loved to tout "public-private partnerships"; another phrase for which is "crony capitalism." One such partnership he backed was Proposition 71 back in 2004, which allocated $3 billion to fund stem-cell research. Except that, with interest, the payback amount ...

LeBron James skips CA — again

July 11th, 2014 By John Seiler.

LeBron James just signed a contract to go back to Cleveland from Miami. Travis Waldron at ThinkProgress gloats this disproves theories that sports superstars avoid states with income taxes, such as Ohio, for those without, such as Florida -- as James himself did four years ago: "Now, however, Jame...

7 ways James Fallows is wrong about the CA bullet train

July 11th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Writing on The Atlantic's website, the much-respected journalist/intellectual James Fallows -- a Redlands native who knows California better than nearly all other national pundits -- has come out as a big fan of the state's bullet-train project. He promises to return frequently to the project in com...

Uber nabs Apple exec

July 10th, 2014 By John Seiler.

On July 4 on our site, James Poulos wrote about Uber and other ride-sharing companies' battles with some existing taxi companies over insurance. Steven Greenhut also wrote about it in the U-T San Diego. However that turns out, Uber almost certainly is the future for a simple reason: Digital te...

Arnold still driving Hummer

July 9th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Despite its motto, "Advancing Policy, Not Politics" -- as if the two could be separated -- the USC Schwarzenegger Institute still promotes the former governor's policies on global warming/climate change. A recent press release reads: Arnold Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on President Obama’s Pla...

Prager: Here’s why CA left is indifferent to economic misery

July 9th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The news that the U.S. is now the world's no. 1 oil and no. 1 natural gas producer is almost unbelievable, given the decades of America fretting about its energy dependence. And the reason is fracking. Yet here in California, Democrats have convinced themselves fracking is evil -- even though there ...

Feeble CalPERS reform shows Brown who runs Sacramento

July 8th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Taken at face value, the pension reforms touted by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011 and 2012 were genuinely far-reaching for a California Democrat, even one as allegedly independent as Brown. But from the 2014 perspective, two of the key provisions previously sought by the gov have not only gone nowhere; th...

CalTRANS workers watching soccer on taxpayer time

July 8th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Normally, I would cheer government workers wasting my tax dollars by goofing off. I wish IRS, Franchise Tax Board, numerous bureaucrats and others would spend all their working time -- yes, even when earning pay, perks and pensions at my expense -- goldbricking. Then at least they would leave me ...

Aussies dump carbon tax

July 7th, 2014 By John Seiler.

AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, was enacted by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger not just to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California by 30 percent. Its exact wording also read: National and international actions are necessary to fully address the issue...

Is pro-business faction emerging among CA Dem lawmakers?

July 7th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

For years, both the California Air Resources Board and the California Democratic Party have peddled the absurd fiction that there is no economic downside to AB 32 forcing the entire state to shift to cleaner but much costlier forms of energy. It's awfully easy to be green and consider yourself bo...

Four years of JC down the drain

July 6th, 2014 By John Seiler.

One of the best lines in the 1978 comedy "Animal House" occurs when the Delta frat rats have been thrown off campus, and Bluto groans, "Seven years of college down the drain." I was reminded of that when reading this report on how the median California community college student took 4.1 years to...

CA, US green-job campaign promises fall far short

July 5th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

In 2008, Barack Obama ran for president on the promise that he would get the economy out of the Great Recession with a recovery plan built on green jobs. He promised 5 million such jobs would be created across the U.S., and with the passage of the $880 billion stimulus plan by Congress in early 2009...

State workers get pay raise

July 5th, 2014 By John Seiler.

How's your pay raise going in the private sector? Woops! Didn't get one? Well, you should have joined the public sector and lived off those who actually produce something. July 1 saw a pay raise for state employees. And of course, that's in addition to the massive perks and pensions they also ...

Sacramento pack somehow perceives well-run state government

July 4th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Happy Fourth, everyone! In January 2008. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said that he backed state lawmakers' push to revise strict term limits for a specific reason. In response to a question I asked him at an editorial board meeting, Arnold said he thought Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez and Senate...

Are you ready for another Revolution?

July 4th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Here's some good news for Independence Day: Americans are losing confidence in all branches of government, perhaps a portent of another revolt against tyranny, this time toppling "our" government rather than that of George III. Of course, it's not "our" government, but belongs to the special inte...

Minimum wage jumps to $9 an hour

July 3rd, 2014 By John Seiler.

Here's what the minimum wage does: it destroys tens of thousands of jobs to increase the pay of tens of thousands of other jobs. It does this by increasing government coercion over our lives even more than it already does. So nothing good can come from the new $9 per hour California minimum wage ...

Green flack thinks <2% annual growth in CA ‘cleantech’ is impressive

July 3rd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The fallout from the news that 16 Assembly Democrats were willing to go on the record with their concerns that AB 32 will drive up gas prices and cause economic pain to struggling folks in their home districts continues to grow. It's gotten attention not just in California but national play. Th...

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