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Has CA ranch found cheap route to carbon containment? Maybe

October 22nd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

If a recent San Francisco Chronicle story is right, the problem posed by carbon and other greenhouse gases accumulating in the atmosphere -- which most scientists think will play havoc with the climate -- might just have a cheap, low-tech solution. A compost experiment that began seven years ago on...

Federal official calls for regulating CA medical marijuana

October 21st, 2014 By John Seiler.

For once, the Feds have a point. Outgoing Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole has helped alter President Obama's prohibitionist attitude on state marijuana laws toward one accommodating the differences among the 50 states. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, he said, “If you don’t ...

CA unemployment drops to 7.3%

October 20th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Perhaps Gov. Jerry Brown's campaign slogan is right: "California is back." Unemployment dropped to 7.3 percent in September, down from 8.8 percent a year ago. Except the national rate is 5.9 percent. So California clearly is just following the national recovery, slight as it is -- albeit not ...

PRI-Forum for Corporate Directors discussion Oct. 23

October 20th, 2014 By John Seiler.

The Pacific Research Institute,'s parent think tank, is partnering with the Forum for Corporate Directors in a breakfast panel discussion Thursday, Oct. 23 from 7-9 a.m. Location: The Westin South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92626. According to the flyer (see b...

You’re far more likely to be impoverished in CA than Mississippi

October 19th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

For decades, economists have complained about the stupidity of the Census Bureau's annual report on poverty in the U.S. because it didn't include cost of living in its rankings of the 50 states. An example of the old stats can be seen at right. Hilariously enough, the graphic based on the 2010 censu...

Ruling that CA high court upheld hardly favorable to bullet train

October 17th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

I talked to a couple of insider types Thursday who asked me to explain my take on Wednesday's California Supreme Court announcement on the bullet train. After all that's gone down, they couldn't believe that the justices would clear the way for the state to begin selling bonds for the $68 billion bo...

Big-bucks party inaugurates de Leon

October 16th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Government in America increasingly resembles the 1978 comedy, "Animal House." In this instance, it's the scene where the Delta frat rats are thrown out of the school and respond with -- Road trip! California's poverty rate is the highest of any state. Its schools continue to rank among the worst...

Fiasco at all-minority L.A. high school validates Vergara argument

October 16th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The immense fiasco at 100 percent minority Jefferson High School in Los Angeles underscores the findings of Judge Rolf Treu in the Vergara case that minority students are treated awfully in the L.A. Unified School District. This is from the latest coverage this week by the Los Angeles Times: The...

CA Supreme Court ‘all aboard’ for high-speed rail

October 15th, 2014 By John Seiler.

All aboooooard! In what probably is the last train stop of opposition to California's high-speed rail project, today the California Supreme Court refused to hear a case that could have stopped it. The case, by Kings County and two local landowners whose property would be bulldozed for the projec...

LAUSD does not compute

October 15th, 2014 By John Seiler.

What's it with governments and computers? The latest cyber-snafu strikes the LAUSD, reported the Times: "the Los Angeles Unified School District's student information system, which has cost more than $130 million, has become a technological disaster. The system made its debut this semester and prom...

Dems make Peters-DeMaio race a referendum on Tea Party

October 15th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The nationally watched race for a swing seat between Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, and former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio is currently in a roiled state because of lewd allegations made against DeMaio by a former staffer whom DeMaio says is suspected in the burglary of his campaign headquarte...

New Laffer book details Reagan prosperity recipe

October 14th, 2014 By John Seiler.

If you have a great recipe, keep using it. Don't be chicken. Just ask Col. Sanders. Why then don't Republican candidates just follow Ronald Reagan's successful economic recipe from the 1980s? Cut taxes; in his case, from the top income tax rate of 70 percent in 1980 to 28 percent in 1988. Keep mo...

Longevity increases pension problems

October 13th, 2014 By John Seiler.

To the consternation of government pension planners, Americans just keep living longer. AP reported: NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are living longer than ever before, according to a new government report filled mostly with good news. U.S. life expectancy inched up again and death rates fell. Rates a...

Anti-fracking fervor builds in CA even as it lifts U.S. economy, stature

October 13th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Anti-fracking sentiment in California continues to build, and we're likely to see a spate of local moratoriums aimed at blocking the oil-drilling process in many cities and counties. This is happening even in places not normally associated with petroleum production, as this Orange County Register st...

AG doesn’t write slanted ballot language for plastic bag measure

October 12th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The Attorney General's Office of the state of California has a long, ugly history under Kamala Harris, Jerry Brown and Bill Lockyer of writing ballot language that pushes voters one way or the other -- always to the benefit of Dem stalwarts like public employee unions, trial lawyers and environmenta...

Will the NFL return to L.A.?

October 12th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Are you ready for some football in Southern California? Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Thursday said NFL football is "highly likely" to return to Los Angeles 20 years after the Raiders scampered back to Oakland and the Rams defected from Anaheim to St. Louis. He said the recent $2 billion sale ...

Tax subsidies hurting CA

October 10th, 2014 By John Seiler.

You might think individual tax subsidies, such as the film credit for Hollywood that just was tripled to $330 million, would help California. After all, they cut the taxes of some companies. Certainly, they help those individual companies. But unless spending is cut to pay for it -- which never ...

In San Diego, how low will foes of gay GOP candidate go?

October 10th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The 2008 election of gay libertarian firebrand Carl DeMaio to the San Diego City Council absolutely drove the city's Democratic machine insane. When it came to tearing DeMaio down, it was anything goes. No one of any Dem stature ever said anything when a police officer union member identified Rep...

ND oil could cut CA gas prices

October 9th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Finally, California could get relief from gas prices higher than the rest of the country. Although prices across America have fallen in recent months, our prices still are about 70 cents higher. For example, according to, the average price of a gallon of petrol today in St. Louis i...

Gov. Brown’s $23.6 million

October 8th, 2014 By John Seiler.

As Major Kong in "Dr. Strangelove" is about to begin "nuclear combat toe-to-toe with the Russkies" and start Armageddon, he opens a survival kit aboard his B-52 and says, "Shoot, a fella' could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff." The same thing with Gov. Jerry Brown's re-el...

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