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‘Inspiring’ de Blasio channels CA Dems: White teachers > minority students

February 28th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

In the run-up to Bill de Blasio's recent election as mayor of New York City, I lost count of how many times I heard pundits describe the tall Democrat with the mixed-race marriage as offering an inspiring new progressive vision of what America could become. On Thursday, it became clear that this ...

Death, taxes and state incompetence with computer projects

February 27th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

There are fewer sure things in life than the likelihood the California state government will screw up a computer project. We may be home to Silicon Valley and the greatest concentration of information-technology skills in the world, but once a project unfolds in Sacramento, it almost always goes wro...

Self-parody department: Dakota oil boom depicted as threat to CA safety

February 27th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The San Francisco Chronicle has broken new ground in over-the-top petrophobia. Not content to warp the California debate over fracking in the Golden State by never mentioning the Obama administration considers it safe, the Chronicle's editorial page actually is warning that North Dakota's fracking-...

Why is CalSTRS’ version of corporate skulduggery tolerated?

February 26th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Beginning in the late 1990s and for about a decade afterward, corporate accounting scandals unfolded one after the other. Bipartisan outrage over CEOs and CFOs cooking the books gave way to mostly Democratic initiatives to impose much more sweeping rules on the private sector. Some Republicans thoug...

The dog that didn’t bark: More evidence top Dems want bullet train gone

February 26th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The California establishment fights dirty when it comes to direct challenges to its priorities and the people it wants to protect the most. The CTA blocking efforts to make it easier to remove classroom sexual predators and instead passing legislation that gave such predators new protections is o...

Do CA electeds really believe pot is healthier than e-cigarettes?

February 25th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

E-cigarettes that are far healthier than the normal kind remain under siege in California. Why? Cigarettes just aren't OK with the cool kids running the Golden State -- unless we're talking about marijuana cigarettes. How odd. "A Los Angeles City Council panel on Monday endorsed an array of restric...

Judge confirms the ‘California rule': Pensions can only go up

February 25th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

A state judge on Monday did a split-the-baby routine with San Jose's voter-approved pension-reform law: "SAN JOSE -- In a landmark ruling that could help shape city budgets around the state, a judge invalidated key parts of San Jose's voter-approved pension cuts but upheld other elements that could...

Report: ‘Polio-like’ disease a menace to CA children

February 24th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Yahoo News, which is gearing up to be a player on the regional and national news scene, has a troubling new report about California: "Over a one-year period, five children in California developed a polio-like illness that caused severe weakness or paralysis in their arms and legs, a new case study ...

Welfare, housing: Clinton pragmatism still ignored by CA’s dim paleo Dems

February 24th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

In the late 1980s, after three straight Republican presidential wins in which GOP candidates won 133 of 150 states, the Democratic Leadership Council seized prominence in Democratic policy circles with its centrist reform agenda. Founded in 1985 by strategist Al From, the DLC thought the bad imag...

Study of Los Angeles: Prosperity increases income inequality

February 23rd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Coverage of income inequality is shockingly slanted and inept. Lazy, populist demonization of the 1 percent is the standard default starting position for explaining why poor people make a small fraction of what the very wealthy do. But as I've written for CalWatchdog before, there are a lot of much ...

Shakedown street: Jesse Jackson targets Silicon Valley — again

February 22nd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

However one feels about the growing fuss over white and Asian dominance of U.S. tech work forces, there are some fundamental facts to consider, starting with: African-American students are less likely to graduate college with degrees in high-tech fields. This is not because of a lack of interest ...

Video: Entrepreneurship still thrives in CA

February 21st, 2014 By John Seiler.

Not all businesses have been driven from California because of its high taxes and regulations. Some entrepreneurs still are find ways to thrive... ...

Bill would stamp ‘Veteran’ on CA vet licenses

February 21st, 2014 By John Seiler.

AB 1637 would stamp a "Veteran" designation on the drivers licenses of Californians who served. It's by Assembly members Jim Frazier, D-Oakley, and Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica. According to the Chronicle: "The hope, Frazier said, is that the license designation under AB 1637 would make it ea...

Push to restore CA bilingual education dubious in more than one way

February 21st, 2014 By Chris Reed.

When software tycoon Ron Unz's Prop. 227 campaign to end bilingual education in California won landslide approval in 1998, one reason was that a lot of Latinos and white liberals shared Unz's fundamental view that bilingual ed wasn't working well in the nation's largest state. L.A. Times columnist F...

CalSTRS hearing underscores Mac Taylor’s destructive happy talk

February 20th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

An Assembly committee hearing Wednesday on the immense underfunding problems facing the California State Teachers' Retirement System also illuminated another strange problem in Sacramento: the emergence of Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor as a civic arsonist. As John Myers reported, one of Taylor's...

Lessons of San Diego mayor’s race: How about ‘none’?

February 20th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The victory of Republican Councilman Kevin Faulconer over Democratic Councilman David Alvarez on Feb. 11 in the special election to finish the term of departed and disgraced San Diego Mayor Bob Filner led to many pronouncements about The Deeper Meaning Of It All. The conventional wisdom was that Fau...

CalPERS rate hike slams cities

February 19th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Californians are finding out how Gov. Jerry Brown is going to deal with the state's pension crisis: make the taxpayers pay for it. This from CalPensions: A divided CalPERS board yesterday approved a faster rate hike for the state urged by Gov. Brown, but opposed by unions. A proposal to give strugg...

‘We are destined to live with a growing and permanent underclass’

February 19th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

It may be building very slowly, and years later than it should have first appeared. But there is beginning to be a groundswell of a broad understanding in California that there is a link between job creation and what the state government does. In recent months, Dan Walters of the Sac Bee has repeate...

Obama working on CA drought

February 18th, 2014 By John Seiler.

As difficult as the drought is for California, it's wonderful to know that President Obama cares and is helping out. He won the state in 2012 by a margin of more than 3 million votes. From Time magazine: On Saturday, Obama played at the Sunnylands estate, built by the late billionaire Walter Anne...

CA Dems own state of the economy: Right, journos? Right?

February 17th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Whenever President Barack Obama gets blamed for the still-mediocre condition of the national economy, his defenders in the Democratic Party, the punditocracy and in the allegedly neutral newsrooms of America immediately say things like, "He can't get anything through Congress! Blame House Republican...

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