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LAUSD does not compute

October 15th, 2014 By John Seiler.

What's it with governments and computers? The latest cyber-snafu strikes the LAUSD, reported the Times: "the Los Angeles Unified School District's student information system, which has cost more than $130 million, has become a technological disaster. The system made its debut this semester and prom...

Dems make Peters-DeMaio race a referendum on Tea Party

October 15th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The nationally watched race for a swing seat between Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, and former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio is currently in a roiled state because of lewd allegations made against DeMaio by a former staffer whom DeMaio says is suspected in the burglary of his campaign headquarte...

New Laffer book details Reagan prosperity recipe

October 14th, 2014 By John Seiler.

If you have a great recipe, keep using it. Don't be chicken. Just ask Col. Sanders. Why then don't Republican candidates just follow Ronald Reagan's successful economic recipe from the 1980s? Cut taxes; in his case, from the top income tax rate of 70 percent in 1980 to 28 percent in 1988. Keep mo...

Longevity increases pension problems

October 13th, 2014 By John Seiler.

To the consternation of government pension planners, Americans just keep living longer. AP reported: NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are living longer than ever before, according to a new government report filled mostly with good news. U.S. life expectancy inched up again and death rates fell. Rates a...

Anti-fracking fervor builds in CA even as it lifts U.S. economy, stature

October 13th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Anti-fracking sentiment in California continues to build, and we're likely to see a spate of local moratoriums aimed at blocking the oil-drilling process in many cities and counties. This is happening even in places not normally associated with petroleum production, as this Orange County Register st...

AG doesn’t write slanted ballot language for plastic bag measure

October 12th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The Attorney General's Office of the state of California has a long, ugly history under Kamala Harris, Jerry Brown and Bill Lockyer of writing ballot language that pushes voters one way or the other -- always to the benefit of Dem stalwarts like public employee unions, trial lawyers and environmenta...

Will the NFL return to L.A.?

October 12th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Are you ready for some football in Southern California? Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Thursday said NFL football is "highly likely" to return to Los Angeles 20 years after the Raiders scampered back to Oakland and the Rams defected from Anaheim to St. Louis. He said the recent $2 billion sale ...

Tax subsidies hurting CA

October 10th, 2014 By John Seiler.

You might think individual tax subsidies, such as the film credit for Hollywood that just was tripled to $330 million, would help California. After all, they cut the taxes of some companies. Certainly, they help those individual companies. But unless spending is cut to pay for it -- which never ...

In San Diego, how low will foes of gay GOP candidate go?

October 10th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The 2008 election of gay libertarian firebrand Carl DeMaio to the San Diego City Council absolutely drove the city's Democratic machine insane. When it came to tearing DeMaio down, it was anything goes. No one of any Dem stature ever said anything when a police officer union member identified Rep...

ND oil could cut CA gas prices

October 9th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Finally, California could get relief from gas prices higher than the rest of the country. Although prices across America have fallen in recent months, our prices still are about 70 cents higher. For example, according to GasBuddy.com, the average price of a gallon of petrol today in St. Louis i...

Gov. Brown’s $23.6 million

October 8th, 2014 By John Seiler.

As Major Kong in "Dr. Strangelove" is about to begin "nuclear combat toe-to-toe with the Russkies" and start Armageddon, he opens a survival kit aboard his B-52 and says, "Shoot, a fella' could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff." The same thing with Gov. Jerry Brown's re-el...

Noted liberal pundit: CA ‘affirmative consent’ law a ‘radical experiment’

October 8th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The problem of sexual violence and abuse on college campuses is a huge one. But California's new “affirmative consent law,” which requires college students having sex to obtain “affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement ... throughout a sexual activity,” is certain to be hugely pro...

Want to extend Prop. 30 tax increases?

October 7th, 2014 By John Seiler.

You probably saw this one coming. Just two years ago Gov. Jerry Brown and his union allies hoodwinked voters into passing Proposition 30, $7 billion in tax increases. Most of the taxes hit "millionaires," which in California New Math means anyone making more than $250,000 a year -- still the middle-...

Biden due in L.A. to tout minimum-wage hike — commuters, beware

October 7th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Monday, Joe Biden was in Nevada touting a hike in the minimum wage as the key to fighting income inequality. Today, the vice president will be in Los Angeles with Mayor Eric Garcetti offering the same spiel before heading to a Bakersfield fundraiser. But there are a few problems with this narrati...

SD 35 gets to vote twice

October 6th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Voters in Senate District 35 will get to vote twice -- first in the Nov. 4 general election, then again on Dec. in a special election to fill the seat of former state Sen. Rod Wright, who resigned his seat last month after being convicted of voter fraud and perjury. The Times reported: If no candi...

Japan’s 50th bullet train anniversary: What it says about CA

October 6th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Oct. 1 marked the 50th anniversary of the beginning of commercial operations for Japan's bullet train system. The Shinkansen is by far the most successful bullet train network in the world. The British press and just about no one else outside of Japan thinks this is a big deal. Of course it is a big...

Gov. Brown bans plastic bags

October 5th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Because Gov. Jerry Brown just signed SB270, in July 2016 plastic bags will be banned in stores in California. Paper bags will cost 10 cents. We've had a similar ban in Huntington Beach for a year and I look at it as yet another tax. At first, I remembered to keep and bring older paper bags. Afte...

Gov. Brown signs gun-control bills

October 3rd, 2014 By John Seiler.

California's reputation as a state with a shockingly large number of regulations has been embellished by the 930 new bills it passed this year. Gov. Jerry Brown must suffer carpal tunnel syndrome from signing so many of the bills the past week, while vetoing a few. Two signed: AB1014 allows fami...

Post-Stockton, Democrat job-retention myth certain to be exposed

October 3rd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Both parties have bogus canards that they trot out when convenient. The worst example of this among Republicans is the idea that tax cuts always pay for themselves -- that they lead to higher revenue. It could well be true for capital gains taxes and any other taxes that discourage investment or rei...

Stockton ruling, like Vergara ruling, shakes CA status quo

October 2nd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Californians who think the state status quo is nuts and that public employees amount to a protected class of citizens have gotten unexpected help this year from the state and federal courts. First came Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf True's ruling that teacher tenure laws are unconstitution...

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