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Reputation defender: The L.A. office of the NAACP

April 29th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is expected to face suspension or more from the NBA at a press conference at 11 a.m. today (Pacific time) in the league's New York office. Sorry, but I can't believe the tone-deafness of people of some on the right who see this as much ado about nothing....

Now Toyota leaves CA for TX

April 28th, 2014 By John Seiler.

In another major blow to the California economy, Toyota is moving its headquarters from Torrance to Dallas after 57 years here. The excuse is that it wants to be near its manufacturing plants in the Southeast. That itself is telling. Toyota shut down its last Golden State plant in Fremont in 2009. ...

Latino assemblyman: Asians not ‘people of color’

April 27th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The increasing rift between Latino and Asian Democrats over Latinos' newly revived interest in gutting Proposition 209 took a funny twist in the Sacramento Bee. So much for the Rainbow Coalition -- it turns out that one lawmaker thinks Asian-Americans are no longer "of color": "When Luis Alejo appl...

Tax index: CA by far most taxed state

April 27th, 2014 By John Seiler.

The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council just came out with its annual report, "Small Business Tax Index 2014." California ranked 50th of the states -- dead last, worst, highest taxed, most overtaxed, extremest preposterously taxed. Here are the six states with the lowest tax gougings:...

How do you like your higher electricity bill?

April 26th, 2014 By John Seiler.

On CalWatchDog.com, for four years Wayne Lusvardi has been detailing in hundreds of articles the effective dismantling of California's and America's old electricity system -- nuclear, coal and now even gas; and its replacement with "renewable" sources -- wind, solar and geothermal -- that would cost...

CA history lesson on Obama: Any doubt it will be slanted?

April 26th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The conventional way to look at this bill is still ultimately the correct way -- yes, what happened in 2008 was so powerful and historic that it makes sense: "SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A bill that passed the Assembly with unanimous bipartisan support Thursday encourages California schools to teach...

Who’s to blame?

April 25th, 2014 By John Seiler.

I was listening to Rush Limbaugh this morning. He was blaming voters for installing President Obama in the Oval Office. But he missed a step. Shouldn't we first be blaming himself and other Republicans for nominating such duds as the Bushes, McCain and Romney? More than 50 years ago, JFK used ...

Economist called genius by left backs Prop. 13-style wealth protection

April 25th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

It may seem wonky and obscure now, but I bet it's going to emerge as a strong, enduring counterpunch to Proposition 13 critics. I refer to the fact that French economist Thomas Piketty -- the hottest, in the media sense, social scientist of modern times -- thinks that property taxes that rise in tan...

Map: Still the Anaheim Angels of Anaheim

April 24th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Back in 1996, I remember writing editorials in the Orange County Register against Disney grabbing $30 million from Anaheim taxpayers to renovate Angels Stadium. The city council, which Disney basically owned, approved the subsidy. But Disney agreed in the contract to rename the team from the Califo...

Push for sharp minimum-wage hike under way in San Diego

April 24th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

California's second-largest and the nation's eighth-largest city appears sure to have a six-month-plus debate over whether to raise the minimum wage much more than the state government has in store. The Democratic majority of San Diego's City Council is going to put a proposal on the November ballot...

Chart shows stock-market not at new highs

April 23rd, 2014 By John Seiler.

With the stock market soaring again, it seems that happy days are here again for the economy. Except a new Chart of the Day shows that the Dow Jones Industrial Average, when charted against the price of gold -- the only real money -- is nowhere near record territory.     This ...

Supreme Court effectively upholds CA affirmative-action ban

April 22nd, 2014 By John Seiler.

Today the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote: "There is no authority in the federal constitution or in the [courts'] precedents for the judiciary to set aside Michigan laws that commit to the voters the determination whether racial preferen...

Trash train fiasco illustrates private vs. public double standard

April 21st, 2014 By Chris Reed.

This story in the Orange County Register illustrates a common CalWatchdog theme: In the private sector, incompetence leads to companies failing and people getting fired. But in government, all too often incompetence comes without consequence: "The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County have spe...

On energy resources, will CA ignore lessons of North Dakota?

April 20th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

It was just less than two years ago that City Journal had the first high-profile story laying out the enormous economic potential of certain of California's natural resources: "The biggest onshore story is the potential of the Monterey Formation (also known as the Monterey Shale), a zone of petrole...

Al Gore: Global warm doubters ‘immoral, unethical and skeptical’

April 20th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Whenever you read about Al Gore, keep in mind that he frolics in a compound in Montecito valued in 2010 at $8.875 million. Now it's probably worth at least $12 million. Reported the Huffington Post at the time: "Records show that the approximately 6,500 sq. foot home boasts 6 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms,...

LAT: All hail ‘economic stability,’ surpluses achieved by Gov. Brown

April 19th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The ability of Gov. Jerry Brown to convince the state press corps that he has righted California's listing ship continues to amaze. The Golden State has by far the highest poverty rate in the nation. One in six adults can't find full-time work -- the second worst rate in the U.S. At a time when inco...

Appeals court backs bloggers’ First Amendment rights

April 19th, 2014 By John Seiler.

The First Amendment protects, among other things, "the freedom of speech, or of the press." Yet modern governments, less solicitous of our liberties than the Founding Fathers, keep trying to curtail those  rights. The latest gimmick is to insist that only the Main Stream Media are protected by the ...

86 million private-sector workers support 148 million benefit takers

April 18th, 2014 By John Seiler.

U.S. Census numbers tell why America's economy is sluggish and likely headed downward again: There are just 86 million full-time private-sector workers supporting 148 million benefit-takers. So if you're a full-time worker in the private sector, such as yours truly, you're supporting 1.7 people g...

Santa Ana considers taxing … free Skype calls! Oh, the insanity

April 18th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

California is known as the world leader in lots of things -- pop culture, technology and wacky lifestyles. Now the Santa Ana City Council is helping the Golden State be seen as the world leader in Maniacally Stupid, Excessive Taxation. This is from the Voice of OC: "The Santa Ana City Council Tues...

L.A. County ground zero for invasive state surveillance

April 17th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

"Enemy of the State," the 1998 movie about government using technology to track everyone, feels less like sci-fi all the time, especially if you live in Los Angeles County. This is from the scoop by the Center for Investigative Reporting: "COMPTON, Calif. – When sheriff’s deputies here noticed ...

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