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Uber nabs Apple exec

July 10th, 2014 By John Seiler.

On July 4 on our site, James Poulos wrote about Uber and other ride-sharing companies' battles with some existing taxi companies over insurance. Steven Greenhut also wrote about it in the U-T San Diego. However that turns out, Uber almost certainly is the future for a simple reason: Digital te...

Arnold still driving Hummer

July 9th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Despite its motto, "Advancing Policy, Not Politics" -- as if the two could be separated -- the USC Schwarzenegger Institute still promotes the former governor's policies on global warming/climate change. A recent press release reads: Arnold Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on President Obama’s Pla...

Prager: Here’s why CA left is indifferent to economic misery

July 9th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The news that the U.S. is now the world's no. 1 oil and no. 1 natural gas producer is almost unbelievable, given the decades of America fretting about its energy dependence. And the reason is fracking. Yet here in California, Democrats have convinced themselves fracking is evil -- even though there ...

Feeble CalPERS reform shows Brown who runs Sacramento

July 8th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Taken at face value, the pension reforms touted by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011 and 2012 were genuinely far-reaching for a California Democrat, even one as allegedly independent as Brown. But from the 2014 perspective, two of the key provisions previously sought by the gov have not only gone nowhere; th...

CalTRANS workers watching soccer on taxpayer time

July 8th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Normally, I would cheer government workers wasting my tax dollars by goofing off. I wish IRS, Franchise Tax Board, numerous bureaucrats and others would spend all their working time -- yes, even when earning pay, perks and pensions at my expense -- goldbricking. Then at least they would leave me ...

Aussies dump carbon tax

July 7th, 2014 By John Seiler.

AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, was enacted by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger not just to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California by 30 percent. Its exact wording also read: National and international actions are necessary to fully address the issue...

Is pro-business faction emerging among CA Dem lawmakers?

July 7th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

For years, both the California Air Resources Board and the California Democratic Party have peddled the absurd fiction that there is no economic downside to AB 32 forcing the entire state to shift to cleaner but much costlier forms of energy. It's awfully easy to be green and consider yourself bo...

Four years of JC down the drain

July 6th, 2014 By John Seiler.

One of the best lines in the 1978 comedy "Animal House" occurs when the Delta frat rats have been thrown off campus, and Bluto groans, "Seven years of college down the drain." I was reminded of that when reading this report on how the median California community college student took 4.1 years to...

CA, US green-job campaign promises fall far short

July 5th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

In 2008, Barack Obama ran for president on the promise that he would get the economy out of the Great Recession with a recovery plan built on green jobs. He promised 5 million such jobs would be created across the U.S., and with the passage of the $880 billion stimulus plan by Congress in early 2009...

State workers get pay raise

July 5th, 2014 By John Seiler.

How's your pay raise going in the private sector? Woops! Didn't get one? Well, you should have joined the public sector and lived off those who actually produce something. July 1 saw a pay raise for state employees. And of course, that's in addition to the massive perks and pensions they also ...

Sacramento pack somehow perceives well-run state government

July 4th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Happy Fourth, everyone! In January 2008. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said that he backed state lawmakers' push to revise strict term limits for a specific reason. In response to a question I asked him at an editorial board meeting, Arnold said he thought Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez and Senate...

Are you ready for another Revolution?

July 4th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Here's some good news for Independence Day: Americans are losing confidence in all branches of government, perhaps a portent of another revolt against tyranny, this time toppling "our" government rather than that of George III. Of course, it's not "our" government, but belongs to the special inte...

Minimum wage jumps to $9 an hour

July 3rd, 2014 By John Seiler.

Here's what the minimum wage does: it destroys tens of thousands of jobs to increase the pay of tens of thousands of other jobs. It does this by increasing government coercion over our lives even more than it already does. So nothing good can come from the new $9 per hour California minimum wage ...

Green flack thinks <2% annual growth in CA ‘cleantech’ is impressive

July 3rd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The fallout from the news that 16 Assembly Democrats were willing to go on the record with their concerns that AB 32 will drive up gas prices and cause economic pain to struggling folks in their home districts continues to grow. It's gotten attention not just in California but national play. Th...

Will dockworkers strike?

July 2nd, 2014 By John Seiler.

West Coast dockworkers are threatening to strike again from their incredibly high-paying jobs. Their members already earn $25 to $40 an hour, with plush benefits. But this time it's different. A $5.25 billion project is making the Panama Canal wider, making it easier for ships to go directly from...

Influential Dem congressman hails Vergara ruling, calls for action

July 2nd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

It's been four weeks since the Vergara vs. California ruling, which found teacher tenure laws to be unconstitutional because they funneled the worst teachers into minority schools in poor Latino and black communities where good teachers were most needed. The silence of Democratic lawmakers up and...

CA legalizes Bitcoin

June 30th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Bitcoin is the controversial new "digital currency." Although widely used, technically it was illegal in California until Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Saturday officially legalizing it. The Christian Science Monitor reported: Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, the bill's author, said earlie...

High court ruling a blow to California SEIU

June 30th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

In a fresh demonstration that the Roberts court is incrementalist and not the wild-eyed bunch that some on the left assert, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 in favor of an appeal that argued that in-home care workers in Illinois should not be compelled to pay union dues. As Politico reported Sunday,...

CA left’s absurd new dogma: Regulations have no downside

June 29th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Businesses like to make money. Smart business owners are happy to change their ways in search of how to increase or maximize profits. The hostility to change that one sees in a bureaucracy with no vested interest in making things work better or more efficiently doesn't exist in a well-run private se...

6 measures qualify for ballot

June 29th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Because it plays by its own rules, the California Legislature still can add initiatives to the November ballot. But with the official deadline now passed, six measures are scheduled for the ballot. We'll be covering them all. But for now, one that caught my eye is backed by Insurance Commissioner...

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