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Trial lawyers seek and win extreme verdict they know won’t stand

November 25th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

An insane court ruling led me to write this for the U-T San Diego: At a recent federal trial in San Diego, lawyers for Rosario Juarez presented compelling, disturbing evidence that the San Ysidro resident faced repeated gender discrimination while working for a National City AutoZone. This led a j...

How Gov. Brown could ace Napolitano on U.C. tuition

November 24th, 2014 By John Seiler.

As Chris Reed noted last week, U.C. President Janet Napolitano has another thing coming if she thinks she can push a huge U.C. tuition hike past Gov. Jerry Brown. L.A. Times columnist George Skelton just agreed in a column titled, "Gov. Jerry Brown has plenty of weapons to fight UC's Janet Napolita...

CA suffers country’s most expensive real estate

November 23rd, 2014 By John Seiler.

Who can afford to live here? The Los Angeles Times reported: Los Angeles County is the second-least affordable housing market in the country for a middle-class family.... That’s according to a new report out Tuesday from real estate website Trulia, which found that a household earning the median...

CA tech geniuses: Global warming strategy a flop

November 23rd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The smartest climate scientists at Google's Silicon Valley research labs have now joined one of the most brilliant Microsoft techies in concluding that the conventional wisdom about how to fight global warming can't succeed. John Seiler and George Will, among others, don't buy climate change conv...

Good news: Lantern brings Internet to everybody

November 22nd, 2014 By John Seiler.

Some good news. A new pocket-sized, solar-powered device, Lantern, brings the Internet to everybody -- including the poorest people who have no local Internet. Lantern brings down satellite signals to your computer or smart phone, then lets you communicate with the world. So people living in som...

Biggest solar farm eclipsed

November 21st, 2014 By John Seiler.

Solar was supposed to be the key "renewable energy" powering California away from dirty old fossil fuels and into the Radiant Future. A 2011 law Gov. Jerry Brown signed mandated 33 percent renewable energy by 2020, now just a little over five years way. He actually said when signing the law, "I didn...

Upbeat LAO report lacks key focus: CalSTRS bailout cost

November 21st, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The Legislative Analyst's Office released an analysis of state revenue this week that suggests the state won't suffer when temporary tax hikes expire. This is from AP: SACRAMENTO -- A steadily improving economy will buffer California's budget from a drop in revenue expected when temporary tax hikes...

What about that ‘global warming’?

November 20th, 2014 By John Seiler.

No wonder environmentalist extremists changed "global warming," as in AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, to "climate change." The Northeast has been blanked by record cold and snow that makes it easier for us to put up with California's high taxes, absurd regulations, absurdist poli...

Jerry Brown about to annihilate UC president on tuition hikes

November 20th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Aficionados of California politics are going to be in for a fun exercise over the next month or two. Gov. Jerry Brown is absolutely going to annihilate UC President Janet Napolitano in their fight over her proposal to get UC regents to commit to five years of annual 5 percent tuition increases unles...

UC Regents approve tuition increase despite Gov. Brown objecting

November 19th, 2014 By Brian Calle.

A University of California Board of Regents committee voted to increase tuition at least 5 percent every year for five years despite widespread objection from students and Governor Jerry Brown. The vote was 7-2, with Brown, who serves as a member of the board by virtue of his governorship, and St...

CA work comp costs soaring

November 19th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Amid almost complete failure, the one signature achievement of Arnold Schwarzenegger's seven years as governor was reform of the expensive workers compensation system. Now that's gone. His other promises -- to refuse to increase taxes and to "blow up the 麻将游戏 boxes" of massive government wa...

2014’s low turnout eases path for 2016 tenure, pension ballot measures

November 18th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Rick Claussen, Ned Wigglesworth, and Aaron McLear of the Redwood Pacific consulting group have released an interesting memo that is good news for those considering taking on public employee unions in 2016 with ballot measures putting limits on government pensions or scrapping state laws allowing tea...

Warning for CA: Japan’s tax increases sparked recession

November 18th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe just called for a snap election under their parliamentary system. We'll soon see if voters affirm his tax-increase policies, which were supposed to restore strong growth but instead slammed the country into another slump. Due to high taxes and regulations, and f...

Bag ban repeal could reach 2016 ballot

November 17th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Looks like a repeal of Gov. Jerry Brown's ban on plastic bags in grocery stores could reach the 2016 ballot. Reported the Chronicle: SACRAMENTO — Plastic bag manufacturers have poured $2.7 million into efforts to overturn California’s statewide ban on plastic bags in the seven weeks since Gov. ...

Will MWD try — again — to sabotage client seeking new water supplies?

November 17th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

I've been a journalist in Socal since 1990, and I've never seen a story about government behavior as strange as the ones about the giant Metropolitan Water District of Southern California trying to sabotage its biggest client's efforts to broaden its water supply and reduce its reliance on the MWD -...

Fracking safety: NYT vs. LAT, yet again

November 16th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The fracking revolution continues to unfold in a half-dozen states around the nation, with enormous benefits to all Americans. A New York Times analysis Friday laid out the particulars: The steepening drop in gasoline prices in recent weeks — spurred by soaring domestic energy production and Sau...

9th Circuit protects conceal-carry gun rights

November 16th, 2014 By John Seiler.

What's it with California politicians and their obsession with grabbing our guns? They are guarded by heavily armed state troopers, but want to deny the rest of us the right to defend ourselves against criminals. Across most of the rest of America, even the most liberal Democrats have thrown in t...

Something good in CA: Fewer car inspections

November 15th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Depending how old your car is, in California every couple of years you have to take it to get "smogged" before your license is renewed. It costs from $25 to $50. As government bureaucracies go in California, it's relatively low on the onerous scale. That's something good about our state. Because ...

Homage to Catalonia independence

November 13th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Is there still hope for the Six Californias initiative of entrepreneur Tom Draper? This year it failed to get enough signatures to make it to the 2016 ballot. The next attempt would be 2018. If so, hope comes from Catalonia, the region of Spain that just voted 80 percent for independence. Althou...

Will severe school lunch policies eventually cost Dems? Maybe

November 13th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The news this week that UC San Francisco had "unveiled a repository of sugar science, designed to collect the evidence against sweetened foods and disseminate that information to the public — and persuade people to boot fructose and most other refined sugars out of their diets to protect their hea...

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