CA media: GOP dysfunction bigger topic than mass poverty

April 10th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The Los Angeles Times' news analysis about how recent controversies are likely to hurt California Republicans with two constituencies they are trying to woo -- Latinos and women -- isn't loaded or biased. It's likely true. Here's a bit of it: "On Monday, a GOP gubernatorial candidate's inflammatory...

No, San Jose not struggling to retain city workers — just police

April 8th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

In the comments sections of news pages and blogs throughout California in recent days -- including Cal Watchdog -- I've seen claims that San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed's aggressive pursuit of pension reform had backfired spectacularly, causing the wealthy city to suffer a brain drain as disaffected emplo...

IRS targeted ONLY conservatives, NO progressives

April 7th, 2014 By John Seiler.

We've had some exchanges on our site over the IRS harassment of conservative groups. Some of our more liberal commentators have insisted that progressive groups, also, were targeted. It turns out that part is not true. Only conservative groups -- that is, opponents of President Obama, who runs th...

Oposition swarms against splitting CA

April 6th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Like hornets rising from a disturbed nest, opposition is swarming against venture capitalist Tim Draper's proposed initiative to split dysfunctional California into six states, a couple of which might turn out functional. The Chronicle reports: "Steven Maviglio, a Democratic consultant, and Joe Rod...

California leads way in emergence of thoughtcrime vigilantes

April 5th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

California continues its emergence as the base for those who wish to enforce thoughtcrime penalties and launch group-hate campaigns against people with unacceptable political and social views. There have been glimpses of this mindset for years among the academic left and the progressives who routine...

Middle class fading away…

April 5th, 2014 By John Seiler.

The middle class in California and the rest of America keeps fading away under assaults from Republicans and Democrats, Presidents Bush and Obama, Govs. Schwarzenegger and Brown. The latest from AP: "Since 2008, the number of people who call themselves middle class has fallen by nearly a fifth, acc...

The reality of politics

April 4th, 2014 By John Seiler.

He wasn't as eloquent as Machiavelli, but President Bill Clinton summed up the essence of politics more pithily: "I take care of my friends and I [expletive deleted] with my enemies." The rest is just rhetoric to fool the masses. But the masses are catching on. reports: Americans donâ...

Coverage of L.A. ‘pothole tax’ never mentions why budget is bare

April 4th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The city of Los Angeles' finances are in terrible shape. The city's economy is sluggish and revenue is stagnant. Meanwhile, retirement benefits for retired city workers -- especially police and firefighters -- eat up ever more of the budget. “As of June 30, 2013, the City’s two pension funds,...

For The Los Angeles Times, a highly revealing juxtaposition

April 3rd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

If you're a conservative or libertarian who's not just mad but astounded by how much the media protect Barack Obama, Wednesday's front page of The Los Angeles Times was likely to generate either a stroke or a snort of disbelief/amusement. But if you are someone who may not be ideological yet is open...

EPA used humans as guinea pigs

April 2nd, 2014 By John Seiler.

Government excuses its immense cost and pervasive intrusions into our lives because it supposedly "saves" us from dangers and "helps" us with our lives. This just in from the Daily Caller: The Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting dangerous experiments on humans over the past few yea...

CA Latino lawmakers value careers over Latino students

April 2nd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The recent dissent in California Democrat ranks -- in which Asian lawmakers balked at racializing UC admission policies in a way that would punish current smart Asian students for the history of white racism -- drew lots of deserved attention. But in the U-T San Diego, I made the case that anothe...

So how great is Obamacare/Covered CA doing?

April 1st, 2014 By John Seiler.

Michael Hiltzik writes that Obamacare is doing fantastic: "Against all odds and expectations, enrollments in health plans qualified under the Affordable Care Act are surging Monday toward -- and maybe beyond -- the 7-million figure projected by the Congressional Budget Office before Oct. 1, when ...

Covered California continues to benefit from cheerleading media

April 1st, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Monday's "deadline" for signing up for the Affordable Care Act triggered bad headlines for the federal health exchanges, which had an encore of last fall's computer nightmares. But in California, Covered California enjoyed the usual upbeat happy talk in its media coverage. The San Francisco Chron...

Pension follies: New Jersey adopts insane San Diego approach

April 1st, 2014 By Chris Reed.

California leads the way when it comes to government pension dysfunction. The first big city to be stricken by pension costs in the U.S. was San Diego, leading to the memorable 2004 New York Times' description of it as "Enron by the Sea." Since then, three cities in the Golden State have either e...

Andreessen: Does company HQ in CA violate fiduciary duty?

March 31st, 2014 By John Seiler.

You might remember Marc Andreessen. He co-authored Mosaic, the first decent Web browser, which I remember using when I got on the Net back in 1994. It became Netscape, which became Firefox. He's still a big tech investor. He just tweeted: "Heard on the street: Hedge funds considering suing Calif...

3 senators suspended — WITH pay

March 30th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Sens. Leland Yee, Ronald S. Calderon and Roderick Wright have been suspended by the state Senate. So they can't keep voting on legislation, 99 percent of which is unneeded, expensive and wasteful. But they'll still get paid themselves, according to the L.A. Times: "The paid suspensions of Sens.Â...

Gangsters in the Facebook Age

March 29th, 2014 By John Seiler.

What would Don Corleone say? Organized crime on Facebook? According to the Chronicle: "Raymond 'Shrimp Boy' Chow made an appearance in federal court today and remains locked up after his arrest on charges including money laundering, but he also somehow made an appearance on his Facebook page....

Earthquake just hit Orange County

March 28th, 2014 By John Seiler.

9:11 pm. About 3 minutes ago, an earthquake rolled through Orange County. In Huntington Beach, where I live, it lasted about 45 seconds. My guess is that it was not in O.C. because of the rolling. My dogs were acting weird when I took them for a walk 5 min. earlier. But I didn't know why. U...

A modest proposal on political scandals

March 28th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Here's a modest proposal on political scandals. When a politician is indicted, then taxes are reduced equivalent to his proportional representation of the people. The reasoning is this: He was corrupt, therefore he wasted tax dollars. So citizens shouldn't have to pay any more for his corrupt act...

CA Dems caught up in corruption in L.A., Bay Area and San Diego

March 28th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

High-profile elected Democrats in all of California's most populous areas are turning out to be corrupt cretins. The indictment released Wednesday of state Sen. Leland Yee depicts a San Francisco-Oakland-Daly City culture in which gangsters traffic in a long laundry list of crimes -- in this cas...

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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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