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Feinstein wants to keep pot illegal, alcohol legal

March 20th, 2014 By John Seiler.

It used to be liberals strongly favored personal liberty. Some still do. Many don't. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has joined Gov. Jerry Brown in opposing legalizing marijuana in California, a state that's the country's biggest pot farm. AP wrote: The state's senior senator told The Associated Press in ...

L.A. proposal: That’s a pension tax — not a pothole tax

March 20th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

This proposal -- allegedly from Los Angeles bureaucrats but almost certainly from new L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti -- got the scorn it deserved on libertarian and conservative websites when it came out Wednesday afternoon: "L.A.'s elected officials should put a half-cent sales tax hike on the November...

Will failed Prop. 209 rollback help GOP with Asian voters? It depends

March 19th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

With Asian-Americans making up 14 percent of the state's electorate, there is a small but real chance that this past month's developments in the Legislature could prove the biggest story in California politics in years. I refer to Asian Democratic lawmakers pulling their support from the usual broad...

When America was fun for kids

March 19th, 2014 By John Seiler.

"America is too safe" is one of my sayings. It's just hard to have fun anymore, especially for kids. When I was growing up in the 60s, on weekends and during summer vacation, our parents dumped us outside and expected us to be back home by evening for dinner. Then we went back out again until dark. ...

Climate change prof wants to put me in jail

March 18th, 2014 By John Seiler.

As I've said before, I'll believe in global warming -- now going under the euphemism "climate change" -- when ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Secretary of State John Kerry give up their lavish lifestyles of the rich and famous. That mean Arnold dumping up his Mercedes and Bentley gas-guzzlers and ...

Malkenhorst epitome of government service

March 17th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Bruce Malkenhorst and his $551,000-a-year public pension are back in the news. The Orange County Register reports: A stunning once-secret investigation into the escapades of former Vernon exec Bruce Malkenhorst... alleges that Malkenhorst stealthily and systematically bled hundreds of thousands...

Discovered: a new way unions manipulate CA status quo

March 17th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Californians who don't belong to a public employee union have every right to feel as if the state is rigged against them. Because districting is based on population, not number of citizens, Democrats do better in Sacramento from the get-go then one would expected based on voting on high-profile s...

Pension reform waits till 2016

March 16th, 2014 By John Seiler.

The pension reform of San Jose mayor Chuck Reed, a Democrat, is going to have to wait till 2016: The proposed initiative would have allowed local governments to reduce benefits for current employees, which have strained the finances of California cities. Reed said the official description of the p...

O.C. Sheriff Hutchens allows more conceal-carry permits

March 15th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens commendably is expanding the ranks of those able to get conceal-carry permits. This follows a ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that the Second Amendment right to "keep and bear arms" includes the word bear. When Hutche...

Why Prop. 13 is more crucial than ever

March 14th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Every year brings attempts to gut Proposition 13, the 1978 tax limitation measure. It limits yearly increases in property taxes to 2 percent of the assessed value, beginning when the property was purchased. The original rate is 1 percent of assessed value. Thus, someone buying a $300,000 condo th...

Ruling on Chuck Reed’s pension initiative not end of the world

March 14th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Editor's update, 2 p.m.: San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is reportedly suspending the initiative push until 2016 because the court delays related to the ballot language challenge will make it difficult for signature gatherers to meet deadlines -- not because of the ballot language the court said he must u...

Happy 25th anniversary, World Wide Web

March 13th, 2014 By John Seiler.

The Internet was invented in California in 1969 as a government project. But the critical technology, the World Wide Web, was invented in Switzerland 25 years ago this week by one man, Tim Berners-Lee. He created the universal Hypertext Markup Language, hence the "http://" at the beginning of Intern...

CA mayor’s car vandalized; all assume it was a cop or firefighter

March 13th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

On its surface a Tuesday story in the San Luis Obispo Tribune is a funny, mordant comment on small-town politics in California. But if you dig a little, it turns out to be related to yet another pathetic, union-favoring power play by the state Public Employees Retirement Board (PERB). Here's the ...

Sen. Feinstein upset over CIA searching congressional computers

March 12th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., generally has a liberal record. Yet the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee long has defended the vast snooping of the NSA and the other intelligence agencies. Perhaps she is having second thoughts after she attacked the CIA for searching the computers of Co...

CA Dems: Are they following the pattern of another one-party state?

March 12th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

After I got out of college in the 1980s, I spend a fun few months working as a reporter for a weekly newspaper in Kauai. The chairman of the County Council was an affable young Democrat in his late 20s named Ron Kouchi. It didn't take me long to notice that Kouchi argued a lot with the other Democra...

Buzz builds in TX, FL over privately funded bullet-train projects

March 11th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Back in 2008, perhaps the single biggest thing that supporters of Proposition 1A had going for them was that a California bullet-train network just sounded cool and futuristic. Critics, however, pointed out correctly that the $9.95 billion bond that went along with 1A as seed money for the state pro...

CA Asians finally grasp that under affirmative action, they’re victims

March 10th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The fact that Asian-Americans in California tend to be Democratic seems to me to be almost entirely a function of the perception of Democrats are more welcoming to minorities and Republicans more hostile. Surveys and anecdotal evidence show that Asian-Americans are generally more entrepreneurial ...

Fracking showdown: Will CA media STILL ignore Obama view?

March 9th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The prospect of rich Dem dilettante Tom Steyer targeting Jerry Brown over fracking is scary in some ways. It could well lead to fracking never coming to California and bringing the jobs and wealth it has to North Dakota, Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania. But it could also improve the public debate on...

Another reminder of Jerry Brown’s, Mac Taylor’s irresponsibility

March 7th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

This Los Angeles Times story should infuriate anyone familiar with Gov. Jerry Brown's claims that the state is on firm ground financially -- and absolutely appall anyone who knows that alleged watchdog Mac Taylor of the Legislative Anayst's Office gave Brown cover for his myths: "SACRAMENTO -- Whil...

D.C. can’t even provide itself with clean water

March 7th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Washington, D.C. rules California, America -- the world. Yet this from the Washington Post: "Residents and business owners in parts of upper Northwest Washington are being advised to continue boiling their water through Friday after a pumping station lost power, leaving hundreds in the area with...

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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 CalWatchdog.com, 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 CalWatchdog.com 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
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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 CalWatchDog.com, 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, LewRockwell.com, Flash Report and numerous other publications. His email: writejohnseiler@gmail.com

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