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‘No party preference’ gains again

September 25th, 2014 By John Seiler.

California Democrats are enjoying the decline of the Republican Party. But they shouldn't party hearty too quickly. Because their party also is not finding satisfaction with voters. Secretary of State Debra Bowen reported: Updated voter registration numbers released by Secretary of State Debra B...

San Jose fire union’s dire claims demolished by 10,000 LAFD job-seekers

September 25th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The Rough & Tumble news aggregation website had an unusually helpful juxtaposition of two California news stories on Wednesday. R&T linked to a Mercury-News story detailing how San Jose had finally been given a court's clearance to implement a pension plan in which newly hired firefighters g...

We’re all perpetual suspects: Portents of privacy-free era emerging in CA

September 24th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The inexpensive ease with which law-enforcement authorities can monitor the citizenry has gotten some attention from the media, which has reported on how cell phones and cars are de facto tracking devices and on how NSA software allows it to readily track millions of calls made by Americans. But ...

‘Climate change’ summit and AB 32

September 23rd, 2014 By John Seiler.

California remains the only state with anything approaching AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. It forces reductions in greenhouse gases in the state by 25 percent by 2020. AB 32's actual language read: National and international actions are necessary to fully address the issue of ...

Language of teacher discipline bill shows Torlakson’s deceit

September 23rd, 2014 By Chris Reed. At a little bit after the 51-minute mark of a forum in Los Angeles last week with state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and challenger Marshall Tuck, the candidates are asked a question from the audience about the Vergara ruling, which is described a...

Alibaba challenges Silicon Valley

September 22nd, 2014 By John Seiler.

Until now, Silicon Valley's high-tech companies ruled the roost, leaving IBM behind years ago, with only Washington-based Microsoft among the top firms outside the Valley. Now they're being challenged by Chinese-based Alibaba, which just issued a record IPO. Although values have fluctuated, on...

Minimum wage kills minimum-wage jobs

September 21st, 2014 By John Seiler.

As I noted six weeks ago, I've been noticing higher restaurant prices since California boosted its minimum wage on July 1, to $9 from $8 an hour; with a $10 increase coming in 2016. A new study by the Heritage Foundation shows how minimum-wage price increases across America increase fast-food pri...

Separatism loses in SCT, CA

September 19th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Coming shortly after entrepreneur Tim Draper's Six Californias initiative failed to qualify for the 2016 ballot, Scotland's voters decided not to secede from the United Kingdom -- yet. So it would seem separatist movements are not doing well. But pushing such revolts as far as they did shows a ...

Garcetti shows why minimum wage kills jobs

September 18th, 2014 By John Seiler.

In backing a higher minimum wage for his city, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti inadvertently explained how it would kill jobs. From the Times: "Garcetti pitched his plan to gradually boost the minimum wage across the city, critics argued that businesses might move to nearby cities to pay workers le...

In debate, Torlakson misrepresents teacher-discipline bill

September 18th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson debated challenger Marshall Tuck on Wednesday night and once again found himself on the defensive over the teacher tenure laws targeted in the Vergara decision. Cabinet Report details how Tuck went after ... ... Torlakson’s support of teach...

Absurd Prop 2 provision shows extent of teacher unions’ clout

September 17th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

If you want an example of just how powerful the teachers unions are in Sacramento, consider Proposition 2. The measure was placed on the November ballot by the Legislature at the urging of Gov. Jerry Brown, who depicts it with about 70 percent persuasiveness as establishing the sort of rainy-day fun...

Chamber of Commerce touts pension reform, backs pension arsonist

September 16th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce stunned a lot of people last month when it endorsed Democrat incumbent Scott Peters over Republican challenger Carl DeMaio in the 52nd congressional district race in an affluent swath of San Diego and its northeastern suburbs. Peters may be a relatively moderate Democrat...

Poll: Weak support for Prop. 46, medical malpractice

September 16th, 2014 By John Seiler.

I usually don't watch local TV news, which is about Los Angeles 45 miles away from Huntington Beach. But I watched NBC channel 4 yesterday night as a lead-in to Barbra Streisand on Jimmy Fallon's show. Babs still is fabulous! (She stayed away from politics.) Commercials included several anti-Prop...

Support for death penalty drops

September 15th, 2014 By John Seiler.

A new Field Poll shows support for the death penalty dropping to its lowest level in 50 years. The Times reported: After a series of botched executions raised questions about the use of capital punishment across the United States, support for the death penalty in California is nearing an all-time...

Wall Street Journal too nervous about bullet-train ruling

September 15th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal's editorial page continued its excellent coverage of California issues with an editorial (behind pay wall) about the July 31st appellate court ruling that overturned a trial court ruling essentially blocking concrete steps toward the construction of the stat...

DMV crashes due process

September 14th, 2014 By John Seiler.

One of the most crucial elements in the development of liberty was that every man deserves his day in court. As described by Harvard professor Harold J. Berman in his crucial "Law and Revolution: The Formation of the Western Legal Tradition," that check on arbitrary power has changed in recent deca...

Controller: No CalPERS controls on pension spiking

September 13th, 2014 By John Seiler.

With the state facing $500 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, you might think the state's pension funds would do everything they could to make sure the liabilities would not go even higher. To quote the late John Belushi, But nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Controller John Chiang just i...

China surpassing USA economy

September 12th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Business Insider ran a map provided by Deutsche Bank about the rise and fall of some of the world's largest economies, showing China's return to global preeminence. This is crucial because we're on the Pacific Rim and enjoy vast trade. Check your iPhone and it reads, "Designed By Apple in Californi...

Super PAC $ floods Peters vs. DeMaio congressional race

September 12th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

San Diego residents can't watch a major sporting event without seeing repeated ads paid for by national super PACs trashing congressman Scott Peters, a moderate Democrat, or his Republican opponent, former City Councilman Carl DeMaio, an outspoken libertarian. The flood began in August and seems lik...

Chart shows government healthcare takeover

September 11th, 2014 By John Seiler.

This chart shows how the U.S. government took over healthcare from the private sector -- sharply reducing our control over our own health. And it began long before Obamacare/Covered California, which will increase the takeover even more. Even if you somehow can avoid direct contact with the governm...

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