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Video: How bag ban kills jobs and might make you sick

April 16th, 2014 By admin.

The ban on bags at the grocery store has multiple unintended consequences. John Phillips tells Alexis Garcia why the bag ban won't make anybody healthier. http://youtu.be/fn2hFIn-mvk The opinions of guests on CalWatchdog do not necessarily reflect the opinions of CalWatchdog or its editors and...

Video: Improving Public Education 101

April 16th, 2014 By admin.

CalWatchdog's Brian Calle talks to Liz Fagen, a superintendent from Colorado, who outlines the basic changes that have helped transform schools, improve education and pay teachers more. http://youtu.be/1OPGMumjLFU

Covered CA gains only modest signups in ‘final hours’

April 16th, 2014 By James Poulos.

As the last blanket deadline extension arrived, late signups slowed down on Covered California, the state's Obamacare exchange. Difficulties brought on by the website's inability to process a wave of applicants gave officials an opportunity to push back the original March 31 deadline. That, in tu...

CA going Third World

April 16th, 2014 By John Seiler.

It took California more than a century to rid itself of Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that spreads yellow fever, by the 1970s. It has taken less than 40 years for it to make a comeback, a clear sign that California quickly is descending to Third World status. CBS San Fran reported: MENLO PARK (KCBS)...

Why is GOP rebuffing Sen. Feinstein’s drought bill?

April 16th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is renewing her call to Republican senators to vote for her revised compromise drought bill, S. 2016, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014.  Feinstein claims her bill is five votes short of the 60 needed for  passage. If passed, the Sena...

CA imposes taxes near highest in the U.S.

April 16th, 2014 By John Hrabe.

If Tax Day 2014 had you feeling down, consider how much less you would have paid in another state. According to a report on state and local tax rates published by WalletHub, California has the second-highest local and state tax burden in the country. The average resident of the Golden State, acco...

Tax rathole

April 15th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Teacher takes on the teachers’ unions’ agenda

April 15th, 2014 By John Seiler.

CalWatchDog.com Editor-in-Chief Brian Calle interviews Rebecca Friedrichs. She is an Orange County schoolteacher who is fighting for her right not to be associated with the political activity the nation's most powerful union, the National Education Association, and its state affiliate, the Californi...

Tax Day lamentations

April 15th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Today is government workers' favorite day, the ultimate pilfering of taxpayers to pay for all the lavish public-employee pay, perks and pensions. It's the Day of Reckoning for the rest of us. Pay up or go to prison. Give our 50th Anniversary celebration of the Beatles coming to America, time f...

This is an ‘expedited’ review? Nerve-wracking times on bullet-train front

April 15th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Nine weeks ago, the news seemed promising on the bullet-train follies front. Now the picture looks a bit murkier. On Jan. 24, Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris asked the California Supreme Court to conduct an expedited appeals process that considered the state's newly filed chal...

Sen. DeSaulnier grills high-speed rail CEO on funding

April 15th, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton.

Editor's Note: This is Part 2 of a series looking in depth at the latest hearing in the state Senate on California’s high-speed rail blueprint. Part 1 is here. Skepticism took center stage as the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee held hearings on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to u...

Initiative would revive redevelopment agencies

April 14th, 2014 By Dave Roberts.

  If it were a movie, it might be called “Revenge of the JEDI: the Redevelopment Empire Strikes Back.” It’s the California Jobs and Education Development Initiative (JEDI), which would enable the revival of the 425 redevelopment agencies eliminated in 2011 by Gov. Jerry Brown and the Cali...

CalSTRS unfunded liability hits new high

April 14th, 2014 By James Poulos.

The California State Teachers' Retirement System just announced it faces $73.7 billion in long-term liabilities. Left untouched, that would spell bankruptcy in 2043. For critics of California's public-employee pensions programs, the grim numbers heighten the urgency for reform. If CalSTRS wants ...

Video: Teacher challenges teachers’ unions

April 14th, 2014 By John Seiler.

CalWatchDog.com Editor-in-Chief Brian Calle interviewed Rebecca Friedrichs, a 25-year Orange County school teacher. She is tired of the California Teachers' Association and its parent union, the National Education Association, taking her money without her consent for their political agenda. She's go...

“Captain America” sequel: The first libertarian popcorn movie

April 14th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The stars and heroes of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" may be government employees, but the messages of the movie amount to entry-level libertarian thinking -- messages with massive resonance for current policy and political debates. Among them: 1) Don't trust a state that gathers secrets ...

Colbert rips Common Core

April 14th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Stephen Colbert plays a "conservative" on Comedy Central. When he takes over the the "Late Show" from David Letterman next year, Colbert supposedly will reveal his inner liberal self. We'll see. In the meantime, Colbert just attacked President Obama's "Common Core" dumbing-down education scheme t...

Silicon Valley and Bakersfield Oil Patch lead CA jobs recovery

April 13th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.

What cities can California look to for jobs growth to pull it out of its laggard growth since the 2008 economic recession? A new online economic tracking tool called Metro Monitor by the Brookings Institution ranks metropolitan areas in the United States by jobs growth before the recession and du...

Subsidize opera?

April 13th, 2014 By John Seiler.

I think everything should be privatized. But as the April 15 Day of Tax Doom approaches, if I'm going to be taxed to death, it might as well be for something useful, such as opera. The San Diego Opera is in trouble over some problem with government grants. I say: Just forget about it. And give th...

Why CA has an affordable housing crisis

April 12th, 2014 By Joseph Perkins.

What a long strange trip it’s been for the Pebble Beach Company since it unveiled its Del Monte Forest development plan all the way back in 1987. In the ensuing 27 years, PBC has revised its plan innumerable times only to have state regulators or local government bodies block the company from b...

What IS going on in CA schools?

April 12th, 2014 By John Seiler.

California's government school students score among the lowest on national tests. Now this: Uproar over classroom scuffle reflects a profession under siege Groundswell of support for teacher who wrestled disruptive student to the floor shows the public is fed up with the disciplinary problems and ...

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