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Feds give CA breathing room on bullet-train matching funds

February 26th, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton.

There's been another funding twist for the California bullet-train project. The Federal Railroad Administration has agreed to delay the due date for $180 million in state matching funds for the project from April 1 to July 1,  according to a press release from Rep. Jeff Denham’s office. Th...

Why is CalSTRS’ version of corporate skulduggery tolerated?

February 26th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Beginning in the late 1990s and for about a decade afterward, corporate accounting scandals unfolded one after the other. Bipartisan outrage over CEOs and CFOs cooking the books gave way to mostly Democratic initiatives to impose much more sweeping rules on the private sector. Some Republicans thoug...

The dog that didn’t bark: More evidence top Dems want bullet train gone

February 26th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The California establishment fights dirty when it comes to direct challenges to its priorities and the people it wants to protect the most. The CTA blocking efforts to make it easier to remove classroom sexual predators and instead passing legislation that gave such predators new protections is o...

Democrats mostly silent on UC strike amid declining union approval

February 25th, 2014 By John Hrabe.

As public opinion in California turns against labor unions, few Democrat politicians -- most of whom rely on union support to win elections -- have publicly embraced workers at the University of California. 21,000 members of AFSCME 3299 are planning a five-day strike next month. The lack of pub...

Do CA electeds really believe pot is healthier than e-cigarettes?

February 25th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

E-cigarettes that are far healthier than the normal kind remain under siege in California. Why? Cigarettes just aren't OK with the cool kids running the Golden State -- unless we're talking about marijuana cigarettes. How odd. "A Los Angeles City Council panel on Monday endorsed an array of restric...

Judge confirms the ‘California rule’: Pensions can only go up

February 25th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

A state judge on Monday did a split-the-baby routine with San Jose's voter-approved pension-reform law: "SAN JOSE -- In a landmark ruling that could help shape city budgets around the state, a judge invalidated key parts of San Jose's voter-approved pension cuts but upheld other elements that could...

L.A. Times’ undermining of ‘climate change’ claims could affect court fights

February 24th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.

  It wasn't the intention of the Los Angeles Times, but the newspaper has provided historical drought data with implications for a U.S. Supreme Court case that was heard Monday, Feb. 24  -- "U.S. Chamber of Commerce v. U.S. EPA." The case challenges whether the U.S. Environmental Protect...

Report: ‘Polio-like’ disease a menace to CA children

February 24th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Yahoo News, which is gearing up to be a player on the regional and national news scene, has a troubling new report about California: "Over a one-year period, five children in California developed a polio-like illness that caused severe weakness or paralysis in their arms and legs, a new case study ...

Steinberg calls for carbon tax on gasoline

February 24th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.

Last week, state Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, proposed a “carbon tax” on gasoline and other fuels. This tax is separate from the taxes imposed by the state's cap-and-trade program. Steinberg has opposed a cap-and-trade emissions tax on gasoline suppliers and cons...

Welfare, housing: Clinton pragmatism still ignored by CA’s dim paleo Dems

February 24th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

In the late 1980s, after three straight Republican presidential wins in which GOP candidates won 133 of 150 states, the Democratic Leadership Council seized prominence in Democratic policy circles with its centrist reform agenda. Founded in 1985 by strategist Al From, the DLC thought the bad imag...

Study of Los Angeles: Prosperity increases income inequality

February 23rd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Coverage of income inequality is shockingly slanted and inept. Lazy, populist demonization of the 1 percent is the standard default starting position for explaining why poor people make a small fraction of what the very wealthy do. But as I've written for CalWatchdog before, there are a lot of much ...

Calderons indicted in massive bribery, fraud case

February 22nd, 2014 By Tori Richards.

  State Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother Thomas, a former assemblyman, were indicted late Thursday in a massive bribery and insurance fraud case that could send them to prison for the rest of their lives. A 24-count criminal complaint made public Friday revealed that Ron Calderon, D-Mont...

Shakedown street: Jesse Jackson targets Silicon Valley — again

February 22nd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

However one feels about the growing fuss over white and Asian dominance of U.S. tech work forces, there are some fundamental facts to consider, starting with: African-American students are less likely to graduate college with degrees in high-tech fields. This is not because of a lack of interest ...

Schwab the latest CA company seeking greener pastures

February 21st, 2014 By Joseph Perkins.

  Charles Schwab is shorting California. The online brokerage, a Fortune 500 corporation, announced recently it is relocating 1,000 jobs from its San Francisco headquarters to out-of-state locations. “The decision to reduce our concentration in San Francisco is based on many factors,” sai...

Video: Entrepreneurship still thrives in CA

February 21st, 2014 By John Seiler.

Not all businesses have been driven from California because of its high taxes and regulations. Some entrepreneurs still are find ways to thrive... ...

CA drought

February 21st, 2014 By John Seiler.

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Party registration dropping

February 21st, 2014 By John Seiler.

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Bill would stamp ‘Veteran’ on CA vet licenses

February 21st, 2014 By John Seiler.

AB 1637 would stamp a "Veteran" designation on the drivers licenses of Californians who served. It's by Assembly members Jim Frazier, D-Oakley, and Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica. According to the Chronicle: "The hope, Frazier said, is that the license designation under AB 1637 would make it ea...

Push to restore CA bilingual education dubious in more than one way

February 21st, 2014 By Chris Reed.

When software tycoon Ron Unz's Prop. 227 campaign to end bilingual education in California won landslide approval in 1998, one reason was that a lot of Latinos and white liberals shared Unz's fundamental view that bilingual ed wasn't working well in the nation's largest state. L.A. Times columnist F...

Hoover conference reaches consensus on some areas of pension reform

February 20th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Today the Hoover Institution released a crucial document in California's debate over pensions, "California Public Pension Solutions: Post-Conference Report." The conference itself took place last October. But its debates and findings now have been compiled for everyone to read and analyze. The do...

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