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UC president’s first speech shows doubts about her were warranted

November 2nd, 2013 By Chris Reed.

In July, when the University of California Board of Regents announced the selection of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as the new UC system president, regents could not have been more pleased with themselves. They wanted a high-profile president and so they thought they hit a home run. ...

Nathan Fletcher channels Nixon press secretary in disowning his own bogus claim

November 1st, 2013 By Chris Reed.

If you're a candidate whose authenticity is open to question because of extreme, always self-serving shifts in your views, you really, really, really don't want to be caught in an, er, obvious fib. So one would think that union-bashing Republican turned noble, above-the-fray independent turned t...

Fracking: California should learn from Britain’s change of course

November 1st, 2013 By Chris Reed.

When it comes to green propaganda about hydraulic fracturing, it's been a dead heat between New York state and Western Europe as to where the alarmists had the most clout. Mostly because of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's dithering and pandering,  nothing seems to be changing in the Empire State, where a fr...

Farm workers win right to vote on UFW decertification… sort of

October 31st, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

UPDATE: Nov. 1, 2013: Late yesterday Visalia ALRB Regional Director Silas Shawver announced his decision to block the decertification election at Gerawan Farming. The workers have asked twice for an election. Both times Shawver sided with the UFW and against the workers, preventing them from havin...

The entitlement society Halloween

October 31st, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

Perhaps because of my Gaelic Irish and Welsh heritage, I’ve always loved Halloween. Traditions from the old Celtic countries Wales, Brittany, Ireland, Cornwall, and the Isle of Man, influenced today’s Halloween customs. But today’s Halloween is a wee bit different than the Halloween traditi...

In reform showdown, who does Obama administration target? Disabled CA students

October 31st, 2013 By Chris Reed.

During the budget theater of recent months, the Obama administration's ruthless determination to make cuts hurt the public was on display over and over again. Cancel a beloved air show that actually makes money? Sure. Deny death benefits to famiiles of dead soldiers? Why not. Block use of water foun...

Enviro CA: Green for thee, but not for me

October 30th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

California has gone green: mandatory recycling, plastic bags bans, hybrid and electric cars, wind and solar energy, and the state has gone paperless... well, not entirely paperless. Assemblyman Tim Donnelly said he discovered something this week: the Capitol is not paperless, nor is it even close...

Lawsuit could bring ‘social justice’ to adult-first K-12 school districts

October 30th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

The left in California has been slow to understand that having a state government devoted to the interests of the adult employees in public education instead of to students should be a social justice issue, given that most struggling students come from poor minority families. Perhaps the only promin...

Video: Arnold explains his philosophy of governance

October 30th, 2013 By John Seiler.

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger explains his philosophy of governance during his seven years in office, 2003-2010.

FPPC on ‘dark money’ witch hunt

October 28th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

Just in time for Halloween, the Fair Political Practices Commission completed a modern-day witch-hunt last week, looking for “dark money.” Ann Ravel, the outgoing chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, had accused libertarian philanthropists Charles and David Koch of fun...

Hey Sacramento — publicly-funded arenas are bad for business

October 28th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

While running record deficits, Sacramento’s Mayor Kevin Johnson and city officials approved a $447.7 million arena deal at the Downtown Plaza in March, claiming a public-private partnership – only the private contributions amount to about one-third. Sacramento’s publicly funded arena deal ...

Obama killed Pontiac

October 27th, 2013 By John Seiler.

Remember all the blather last year from the Obama campaign about how he "saved" GM? It turns out President Obama killed the great Pontiac marque of cars, and even wanted to kill Buick and GMC. That cost tens of thousands of jobs. From Jalopnik: "When General Motors shut down Pontiac, it left a lot ...

CA’s economic funk: ‘Regulators gone wild’ take their toll

October 27th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

For Sunday's U-T San Diego, I did an essay about how California went from being the world pioneer in sensible efforts to clean up air pollution and coastal waters to a laboratory for fanatics who want to go ever farther in regulation, whatever the downside. "The CEOs who have long ranked California...

Prof. Dr. Antonio Villaraigosa, M.A., M.S., Ph.D., M.D., D.D., and B.S.

October 26th, 2013 By John Seiler.

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa brought Los Angeles to the brink of bankruptcy, as warned another former mayor, Richard Riordan. The next recession still could see L.A. go BK. Also on Villaraigosa's watch, the city's schools continued to underperform, and its roads continued to crumble...

L.A. Times, Sac Bee: Political process success=real progress. Groan.

October 25th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

What defines the success of a state: the welfare and happiness of its people or its ability to pass a budget on time? This is the maddening question that should hang over all the stories depicting Jerry Brown as some sort of genius governor. David Siders of the Sacramento Bee today became only th...

Will NSA snooping kill CA prosperity?

October 25th, 2013 By John Seiler.

Since California invented the Internet more than four decades ago, we've ruled the digital roost. Others have contributed, such as CERN in Switzerland and companies in other high-tech centers in America, such as Austin, Tex. and Boston's Route 128. But Silicon Valley remains the place you wanna be i...

Non-profit accused of 'money laundering,' exonerated, but fined

October 24th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

The California Fair Political Practices Commission is announcing today at noon they have reached a settlement in the investigation into the mysterious $11-million donation from an Arizona nonprofit, during the 2012 California general election. One of the groups accused of the “campaign money l...

Court filing: Uber doesn't want to be regulated by state PUC

October 24th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

There's a broader front in the Uber war than the battle in Los Angeles, where common sense is for now prevailing. AllThingsD has the details: buy glasses online"Remember when tech startups like Lyft, Sidecar and Uber fought California regulators and won, getting designated as a new class of tr...

Liberal Slate effectively admits Obamacare will have death panels

October 24th, 2013 By John Seiler.

There are two ways to allocate scarce goods: By price in a free market, and by government bureaucracy. That's why it is inevitable that Obamacare, despite the protests of its partisans, will have death panels. When the costs escalate to keep somebody alive, a bureaucratic committee will decide ...

FPPC to announce settlement in Arizona donor case

October 24th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

The California Fair Political Practices Commission will announce today at noon they have  reached a settlement in the investigation into the mysterious $11-million donation from an Arizona nonprofit, during the 2012 California general election. FPPC Chairwoman Ann Ravel, a Democrat, is leaving ...

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