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Brown seeks to prop up doomed bullet train with AB 32 $

January 6th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

As warned in this spot, Gov. Jerry Brown is conflating two of the state's worst programs: "Brown plans to propose spending millions of dollars in fees paid by carbon producers to aid the state's controversial high-speed rail project. "The proposal - and the prospect of additional funding from the ...

As with fracking, Obama shuns green cultists on GMO foods

January 5th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

One of the most puzzling phenomena I've seen in years of watching the California media is how they simply won't report that the Obama administration considers fracking to be just another heavy industry that can be made safe with routine regulation. This refusal to discomfit the greens who think frac...

Media spiked stories on ice-stuck ship carrying global warmers

January 5th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Ya gotta love it. Global warmers boarded a ship to Antarctica to prove global warming was melting the ice caps, but this happened: A group of climate change scientists were rescued by helicopter Jan. 2, after being stranded in the ice since Christmas morning. But the majority of the broadcast ne...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

Will Kamala Harris monkey-wrench CA pension reform — again?

December 29th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

I've been following California politics obsessively since 1990, and I simply have never seen an editorial like the Los Angeles Times' piece Friday exhorting Attorney General Kamala Harris to do an ethical and honest job in preparing a ballot statement for a 2014 pension-reform initiative. Remember,...

New gun laws firing in 2014

December 29th, 2013 By John Seiler.

The New Year brings a fusillade of new gun laws Californians must follow. Capital Public Radio reports: Some California gun owners say they're confused about the new gun laws that will take effect in 2014.  The law causing the most confusion doesn't take effect in 2014.  It will ban lead ammunit...

Housing market problems

December 28th, 2013 By John Seiler.

CalWatchDog.com stories repeatedly have warned that the optimism over California being "back," as Gov. Jerry Brown insists, may be overblown. That doesn't mean a recession is approaching, only that policymakers ought to be careful. Now this from AP: The number of Americans applying for mortgages...

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