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High tech may save CA, but it will definitely doom privacy

November 8th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

I'm all for technological advances. In fact, I've slowly come around to the wild-sounding idea that scientific breakthroughs just might save California from decline by creating so much wealth and free stuff that eventually we will live in what Slate economics writer Matt Yglesias calls a "post-scarc...

CA suffers highest percentage of poor

November 7th, 2013 By John Seiler.

This kind of puts a kink in Gov. Jerry Brown's insistence that "California is back." According to a new study by the U.S. Census Bureau, when housing is factored in, California has the nation's highest poverty rate, at 23.8 percent. It's higher than Mississippi, Alabama, West Virgina and other state...

In VA, govt. workers elect govt. governor

November 6th, 2013 By John Seiler.

The victory of Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor of Virginia shows the power of the federal government over local elections in the D.C. area. Virginia used to be a conservative state; and still is in most areas outside of Northern Virginia and Charlottesville, a college town dominated by 1960s h...

Police assault horror story

November 5th, 2013 By John Seiler.

Even for this day and age of police harassment of citizens, this is a horror story, from New Mexico: A review of medical records, police reports and a federal lawsuit show deputies with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office, police officers with the City of Deming and medical professionals at the Gil...

‘Affordable’ Care Act hikes rates for Californians

November 5th, 2013 By John Seiler.

President Obama now is denying he said of your current medical insurance, "You can keep it." But videos show him making that promise at least 23 times. Well, my insurance was canceled by him, even though I was perfectly happy with it. And I don't know what comes next -- except higher rates. So...

What’s being ignored in the Calderon scandals

November 5th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

It's interesting to see what stories the big newspapers choose to run, and more interesting to see what they ignore. Rather than never letting a good scandal go to waste, big media is part of making the news, or keeping some news quiet. More than one week ago, the Hews Media Group broke a big sto...

If CA is poster child for Obamacare rollout, watch out

November 5th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

Thanks to incessantly upbeat and frequently dishonest press releases from Covered California, the Golden State is often depicted as the poster child for the rollout of Obamacare. Don't tell that to Edie Littlefield Sundby, a San Diego woman with a deadly form of cancer who wrote about her personal n...

Will CO follow CA and increase taxes?

November 4th, 2013 By John Seiler.

Gov. Jerry Brown has set himself and California up as a new national model. Ten days ago he told a conference of the Center for American Progress: Three years ago California was called a failed state. They were virtually chortling in the conservative venues. The people themselves through the initia...

Good news, bad news for chameleon San Diego politician Nathan Fletcher

November 4th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

A new poll released Sunday has both good news and bad news for San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher, the 21st-century Sammy Glick who went from union-scorning Republican to above-it-all noble independent to union-embracing Democrat from March 2012 to May 2013. The bad news for Fletcher: H...

Mr. Arena named to Obama’s new climate change council

November 3rd, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

Through another executive order, President Barack Obama has created a new environmental council that's sure to  expand government's role in how Americans use their own property and land, water and even energy sources. A prominent California mayor is going to be one of Obama's new climate commissar...

Awful failure of CA inspectors points to public-private competence gap

November 3rd, 2013 By Chris Reed.

A nightmarish story out of the Bay Area offers fresh evidence of the enormous gap in competence between the private and public sectors. This is from the San Francisco Chronicle: "The owner of the Castro Valley care home where residents were all but abandoned after the state shut it down obtained he...

Younger Calderon authored movie biz bills

November 2nd, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

It appears state Sen. Ron Calderon, under investigation by the FBI for allegedly taking bribes, isn't the only Calderon interested in the movie business. Freshman Assemblyman Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, authored two bills in 2013, AB 344 and AB 533, involving the movie industry. His uncle, ...

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...

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