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Groups sue city of Sacto over disqualified petitions

February 5th, 2014 By Katy Grimes.

Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork, and Voters for a Fair Arena Deal filed a lawsuit Wednesday Jan. 28, against the city of Sacramento, to put the use of public subsidies for a new basketball arena to a public vote. STOP and Voters for a Fair Arena Deal said they filed the lawsuit against ...

Mizzou vs. CA egg fight

February 5th, 2014 By John Seiler.

One reason for the long prosperity of the United States is that the country is a vast free-trade zone. Whatever the trade policies toward other countries over the years -- protectionist or free trade -- 330 million Americans can trade with one another under uniform rules. That's why Missouri is c...

San Diego leaders embrace failed affordable-housing approach

February 5th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

As Eric Stratton so memorably put it in 1978 -- or was it 1962? -- sometimes a situation "requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part." Which brings us to the affordable-housing policies of the majority faction of the San Diego City Council. I have lived in San Di...

‘Ghost guns’ could be an apparition in CA

February 4th, 2014 By Katy Grimes.

When 3D-printed guns first emerged on the scene, many predicted the “ghost guns” could render the regulation of guns pointless. The creation of the 3-D gun is only about one year old. The first 3D-printed gun initially was fired in the spring of 2013. 3D printers are $10,000 machines t...

Water bill in Congress ‘puts families before fish’

February 4th, 2014 By Katy Grimes.

A bill to address California's drought and future water supply in the House of Representatives has Gov. Jerry Brown angry. Brown said the water bill is "an unwelcome and divisive intrusion" into California's effort to manage the state's drought, the Sacramento Bee reported Monday night. H.R. ...

Latest scandal: Why you would be nuts to believe CalPERS

February 4th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The Sacramento Bee has the basic details on a new CalPERS contretemps: "A former CalPERS employee who alleged she was fired for challenging a cover up of insider trades by fund staff settled her wrongful termination case this morning. "Jeannine Carter, who worked in a watchdog unit that makes sure...

Obamacare kills

February 3rd, 2014 By John Seiler.

Al Sharpton was on MSNBC saying how wonderful Obamacare is. Its state version here is Covered California. Actually, it kills. From Mediate: On Fox & Friends weekend edition, conservative pundit Ann Coulter told cohost Tucker Carlson that her friend’s sister had passed away over th...

New L.A. NFL team would be a waste

February 3rd, 2014 By John Seiler.

Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks for winning the Super Bowl. Now back to politics. It looks like the Cleveland/Los Angeles/Anaheim/St. Louis Rams might return to Los Angeles: NEW YORK—There has been renewed attention in recent days on the NFL’s potential return to the long-vacant ...

Apple’s anti-Big Brother ad more relevant after 30 years

February 2nd, 2014 By John Seiler.

Thirty years on, the 1984 Super Bowl best is remembered for Apple's iconic "1984" commercial. It included references to Big Brother and Orwell's "1984" novel, the repressive Soviet Union during a tense part of the Cold War and the approaching 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. But it mainly...

Coincidence?

February 1st, 2014 By John Seiler.

Headlines from today's Drudge Report: Under a picture of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco: I'M NOT GOING! Nearby: REPORT: Nearly Half of America Lives Paycheck-to-Paycheck... STOCKS WORST JANUARY IN FOUR YEARS... Inflation spiral looms......

Why no Asian Nobel economics laureates?

January 31st, 2014 By John Seiler.

Fabled investor Jim Rogers brings up an important point: Why has there never been an Asian winner of the Nobel economics prize? Yet during the 44 years the prize has been awarded, it's Asia's economic dynamism that has astounded the world. Meanwhile, economists in Europe and America, who have won...

Ex cons working for Covered California

January 30th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Long waits and frustrating computer snags might not be the worst thing about Covered California, our state's version of Obamacare. Dig this: At least 43 convicted criminals are working asObamacare navigators in California, including three individuals with records of significant financial crimes. ...

Health Dept. shuts down 11-year old’s cupcake biz

January 30th, 2014 By Katy Grimes.

If there was ever a stark reminder of our over-abundant government, the story of 11-year old Chloe Stirling who ran a mini cupcake business in Troy, Ill. has been shut down by callous bureaucrats. Chloe Stirling is a young entrepreneur, and embodies the American spirit. She  has been runn...

Will appeals court notice AG’s flip-flop on bullet train?

January 30th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

It took the California Supreme Court five days to unanimously reject Gov. Jerry Brown's request that justices immediately consider a Superior Court ruling that the state's bullet train project had an illegal business plan and lacked proper environmental reviews to begin the project. In an initial ru...

Obama ignores global cooling freeze out

January 29th, 2014 By John Seiler.

One part of President Obama's State of the Union with high implications for California was this: But we have to act with more urgency because a changing climate is already harming western communities struggling with drought and coastal cities dealing with floods. That's why I directed my administra...

Will CA GOP emerge as defenders of embattled techies, tech firms?

January 29th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Is the present anti-Google, anti-techie agitation in the Bay Area a reflection of anger over how affluent tech workers have driven up rent and reinflated the housing bubble? Or is it a harbinger of broader anger over how California technology firms are disrupting industry after industry? An essay in...

CA ports and trade busy, but could be more competitive

January 29th, 2014 By Katy Grimes.

California is home to 11 major ports spanning the 1,000 miles of coast between the North Coast near Oregon, and San Diego County. California has not fully analyzed the state's current trade system needs, nor are the port facilities fully coordinated, according to Huntington Beach Assemblyman ...

State of the Union: Obama, the rich, the poor and California

January 28th, 2014 By John Seiler.

In his State of the Union address tonight, President Obama is expected to talk about the gap between rich and poor Americans. He has benefited himself. At the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, his credit cards were maxed out and he had difficulty renting a car. Then Democrats pr...

AG’s bullet-train appeal: Judges should know their place. LOL!

January 28th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

After rereading Attorney General Kamala Harris' court filings from October and last week regarding the bullet train, I'm more convinced than ever that what we're seeing from Harris and Gov. Jerry Brown is an elaborate charade to mask the fact that the governor no longer wants to fight for the bullet...

Sacto water deputies patrolling for water wasters

January 27th, 2014 By Katy Grimes.

Sacramento water police are on patrol. If the rule of law isn't enough to control Sacramento's citizens, government officials have turned to deputizing neighbors for help making sure everyone complies with environmental restrictions. For nearly four years, the City of Sacramento has been enc...

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