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Background: UFW lost battle to Gerawan in Superior Court

January 4th, 2014 By Katy Grimes.

Note: This is additional backround to the series of stories CalWatchDog.com has been running on the court battle between Gerawan Farms and the United Farm Workers union. The following is from late November, but has not been reported elsewhere. An order issued by a Sacramento Superior Court judg...

While Kerry fights ‘global warming’ abroad, America freezes

January 4th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Secretary of State John Kerry is on a global trip to advance his agenda to reduce global warming/climate change. The New York Times reports: "But while the public’s attention has been on his diplomacy in the Middle East, behind the scenes at the State Department Mr. Kerry has initiated a systemat...

As consultant, bullet-train boss helped write doomed business plan

January 4th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

A lengthy Comstock's profile of Jeff Morales, the former Washington D.C. and Chicago political operative brought in to save the bullet train by Gov. Jerry Brown, gets some little details about the high-speed rail project wrong and has some dubious premises. But it's a good read. Its main angle is...

Detroit police chief, former LAPD cop: Carry a gun

January 3rd, 2014 By John Seiler.

California just imposed a passel of new gun laws with the new year. A former LAPD cop urges the opposite: Detroit — If more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice about attacking them, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Thursday. Urban police chiefs are typically in favor of gun con...

Scientist says no reason to shut down San Onofre nuke plant

January 3rd, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.

  Can the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, whose decommissioning was announced last June, be salvaged? Cal-Tech trained geochemist and nuclear waste expert James Conca in Forbes.com says it can.  Conca makes a case that Southern California electric ratepayers should not need to pick u...

DEA now requiring more prescription data

January 3rd, 2014 By John Seiler.

California's implementation of Obamacare is called Covered California. One thing they definitely cover is collecting a lot more data on you -- for themselves and for private companies. Breitbart reports: "In what you can interpret as either an act of corporate altruism, corporate lobbying, or a mix...

Maryland’s poor hammered by energy price spike — CA’s next

January 3rd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

A point that can never be made enough about the policies of California Democrats is how much they actually hurt poor people. Their top priority is pleasing the richest part of their base -- unions, trial lawyers and the urban professionals for whom environmentalism is a religion. So they oppose a...

Gerawan Farming files constitutional challenge against ALRB

January 2nd, 2014 By Katy Grimes.

Gerawan Farming is fed up. On Dec. 16, Gerawan filed a constitutional challenge against the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, with the United Farm Workers of America as a "Real Party of Interest." It was filed with the California Court of Appeal, Fifth District in Fresno, against ...

2014 brings new laws regulating CA businesses

January 2nd, 2014 By Katy Grimes.

In 2013, California's Legislature busied itself passing more than 800 new laws. In the coming weeks, CalWatchdog.com will report on the many affecting businesses in 2014. Overtime for nannies and domestic workers The “Domestic Workers Bill of Rights,” Assembly Bill 241, by Assemblyman Tom Am...

CA = NYC?

January 2nd, 2014 By John Seiler.

Whenever Gov. Jerry Brown leaves office, a top favorite to follow him is Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. In New York City for the inauguration of the city's new liberal Democratic mayor, Bill de Blasio, Newsom backed the mayor's program for a lot more government. Reported the New York Times: “The mayor ha...

Covered California stumbles into new year

January 2nd, 2014 By Joseph Perkins.

Manuel Arriola, co-owner of an Oxnard insurance broker, spent three hours and 15 minutes on the phone this past Monday with customer service representatives for Covered California. He needed to find out whether or not insurance applications he forwarded to the state’s Obamacare health exchange ...

2013 saw emergence of potential giant CA defense contractor

January 2nd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Most of the reports last month that Mountain View-based Google bought Boston Dynamics -- its eighth recent purchase of a robotics firm -- focused on how this fit in with so many "moon shot" Google initiatives. Some stories looked forward to the arrival of Google personal assistant robots that pair u...

Unregulated CA entrepreneurs thrive in … the pot business

January 1st, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Happy New Year! Are you familiar with the state that has such an innovative and advanced marijuana industry that quality control extends to making sure pot brands consistently produce the same sensations? Where entrepreneurs are turning to increasingly sophisticated tools to improve their product...

Can liberty in America be saved in 2014?

January 1st, 2014 By Katy Grimes.

What will Liberty look like in 2014? And no, it's not a car. Liberty is something we often hear about, but isn't exactly a topic of discussion at dinner parties. If we don't really know what liberty is, how will we know when it is taken away, or if it is being taken away? Unfortunately, it...

Now New York fires a shot across California’s bow

December 31st, 2013 By Joseph Perkins.

  Gov. Jerry Brown was not amused this past February when Texas Gov. Rick Perry made a four-day recruiting trip to California, hosting meet and greets with CEOs and other business executives in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Orange County. Perry invited the CEOs and execs to r...

LAT’s Vartabedian, Skelton leave LAT editorial board looking silly

December 31st, 2013 By Chris Reed.

When it comes to the bullet train, The Los Angeles Times' editorial page has been left to look foolish -- by its own reporter and columnist. Nexis shows no L.A. Times' editorials on the topic for more than two years. The last one was the instantly infamous editorial from November 2011 -- infamous...

Only 2 Californians make Gallup’s ‘most admired’ list

December 30th, 2013 By John Seiler.

Every December Gallup asks Americans whom they "most admire." Not surprisingly, this year's winners repeated from last year. At 16 percent, President Obama was the most admired man. And at 15 percent, former Secretary of State -- and potential next president -- Hillary Clinton was the most admired w...

Rich sheltering dough in South Dakota

December 30th, 2013 By John Seiler.

When Proposition 30 was being pitched in the fall of 2012, Gov. Jerry Brown and others pooh-poohed the idea that rich folks would find ways to avoid its $7 billion in new taxes. Because the national and state economies have been growing, and the Prop. 30 money has been flowing in, it seems as if Bro...

San Diego’s law-driven stench problem: Dickens was right

December 30th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

In fall 2012, The New York Times shared a pathetic San Diego story with the nation. The piece was headlined "California Cove Blessed With Nature's Beauty Reels From Its Stench." Sample: "In beautiful La Jolla Cove, art galleries and coffee shops meet a stretch of unspoiled cliffs and Pacific Ocean....

2014 approaches

December 30th, 2013 By John Seiler.

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