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Happy 25th anniversary, World Wide Web

March 13th, 2014 By John Seiler.

The Internet was invented in California in 1969 as a government project. But the critical technology, the World Wide Web, was invented in Switzerland 25 years ago this week by one man, Tim Berners-Lee. He created the universal Hypertext Markup Language, hence the "http://" at the beginning of Intern...

CA mayor’s car vandalized; all assume it was a cop or firefighter

March 13th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

On its surface a Tuesday story in the San Luis Obispo Tribune is a funny, mordant comment on small-town politics in California. But if you dig a little, it turns out to be related to yet another pathetic, union-favoring power play by the state Public Employees Retirement Board (PERB). Here's the ...

Sen. Feinstein upset over CIA searching congressional computers

March 12th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., generally has a liberal record. Yet the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee long has defended the vast snooping of the NSA and the other intelligence agencies. Perhaps she is having second thoughts after she attacked the CIA for searching the computers of Co...

CA Dems: Are they following the pattern of another one-party state?

March 12th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

After I got out of college in the 1980s, I spend a fun few months working as a reporter for a weekly newspaper in Kauai. The chairman of the County Council was an affable young Democrat in his late 20s named Ron Kouchi. It didn't take me long to notice that Kouchi argued a lot with the other Democra...

Buzz builds in TX, FL over privately funded bullet-train projects

March 11th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Back in 2008, perhaps the single biggest thing that supporters of Proposition 1A had going for them was that a California bullet-train network just sounded cool and futuristic. Critics, however, pointed out correctly that the $9.95 billion bond that went along with 1A as seed money for the state pro...

CA Asians finally grasp that under affirmative action, they’re victims

March 10th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The fact that Asian-Americans in California tend to be Democratic seems to me to be almost entirely a function of the perception of Democrats are more welcoming to minorities and Republicans more hostile. Surveys and anecdotal evidence show that Asian-Americans are generally more entrepreneurial ...

Fracking showdown: Will CA media STILL ignore Obama view?

March 9th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The prospect of rich Dem dilettante Tom Steyer targeting Jerry Brown over fracking is scary in some ways. It could well lead to fracking never coming to California and bringing the jobs and wealth it has to North Dakota, Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania. But it could also improve the public debate on...

Another reminder of Jerry Brown’s, Mac Taylor’s irresponsibility

March 7th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

This Los Angeles Times story should infuriate anyone familiar with Gov. Jerry Brown's claims that the state is on firm ground financially -- and absolutely appall anyone who knows that alleged watchdog Mac Taylor of the Legislative Anayst's Office gave Brown cover for his myths: "SACRAMENTO -- Whil...

D.C. can’t even provide itself with clean water

March 7th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Washington, D.C. rules California, America -- the world. Yet this from the Washington Post: "Residents and business owners in parts of upper Northwest Washington are being advised to continue boiling their water through Friday after a pumping station lost power, leaving hundreds in the area with...

CalPERS just called me

March 6th, 2014 By John Seiler.

At 11:27 am, according to my cell, I got a call from CalPERS, the California Public Employees' Retirement System. At first I thought it was about some news story I had done. I've talked to them before. Then the woman started taking about a "survey." "This is a poll on CalPERS?" I asked. "Ye...

Worst roads — highest taxes

March 6th, 2014 By John Seiler.

California has the highest income, sales and gas taxes in America -- and the worst roads. Reported CBS Los Angeles: Los Angeles topped the charts for the most gridlocked city in 2013, according to the annual Traffic Scorecard, which is complied by traffic information provider INRIX. Drivers in LA ...

Contra Costa case a template for Prop. 26 abuse

March 6th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

In recent California history, small-government advocates have no more significant victory than the triumph of Proposition 26 in 2010. Here's an explanation of its main thrust from an analysis by the League of California Cities: "Prop. 26 is divided into two parts. One part addresses state fees and ...

Revolt against ‘dog food’ school lunches went far beyond LAUSD

March 5th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

As I have pointed out repeatedly as a blogger and journo, Nanny Staters are bafflingly confident that people like being bullied into living their lives in a way that Nanny Staters approve. That’s why one of my favorite stories in many years was this December 2011 L.A. Times account of the stude...

Are CA elected officials underpaid?

March 5th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Just after getting a 5 percent raise, Gov.  Jerry Brown, other statewide officials and legislators soon could get another boost, supposedly because they're "underpaid." Hey, "California is back," Brown keeps saying. The CA Dem party is meeting this weekend in Los Angeles. The theme: "Let the...

Global cooling update

March 4th, 2014 By John Seiler.

How's that global warming/climate change working out? California still must implement AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. It was signed into law way back eight years ago by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who's long gone from office to few people's regret. Yet his bill keeps slamming Califo...

Dan Walters figures out Gov. Brown wants bullet train dead

March 4th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

For a few months, Cal Watchdog has been the only outlet in the media underlining how fundamentally strange and self-defeating the actions of the state government have been in defending the bullet train. After an August court ruling from Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny that the massi...

Refund illegal taxes?

March 3rd, 2014 By John Seiler.

Suppose you buy a new car with a GPS navigation system built in. But you drive it home and realize the system wasn't installed. Should you get your money back for the lack of the feature? Of course you should. And the dealer must refund you the money, or face fraud charges. Not so the Californ...

Immigration amnesty not nearly as popular in CA as gay rights

March 3rd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

There really has been a genuine change in American views of gay rights. The longer the Republican Party sees its members look at this new world and then act out in the fashion of the Arizona legislature, the harder it will be for the GOP to maximize its power. But while many millions of voters ar...

Incoming Assembly speaker seeks vast new power for Coastal Commission

March 2nd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

If you had to come up with one state agency that has done the most damage to California's economy with its regulatory sweep and overreach, you'll never come close to topping the state Air Resources Board. But it you wanted to pick the one state agency that most consistently advocates a radical vi...

Attorney for plaintiffs in bullet-train lawsuit suggests way out

March 1st, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Michael J. Brady, the Redwood City attorney for Kings County and other parties suing the California High-Speed Rail Authority, offers his theory on the easiest, cleanest way for Gov. Jerry Brown to abandon the bullet-train fiasco. This is from an email he sent out yesterday: "There is a lot of dise...

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Joseph Perkins
Joseph Perkins, now assistant editor of the Orange County Register Opinion Pages, started his career as an editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal. After serving on the White House Staff of former Vice President Dan Quayle he wrote for the San Diego Union-Tribune where he authored a nationally-syndicated column. Before writing for CalWatchdog.com, Mr. Perkins was also Business Editor for San Diego Magazine.
Chris Reed
Chris Reed is a regular contributor to Cal Watchdog. Reed is an editorial writer for U-T San Diego. Before joining the U-T in July 2005, he was the opinion-page columns editor and wrote the featured weekly Unspin column for The Orange County Register. Reed was on the national board of the Association of Opinion Page Editors from 2003-2005. From 2000 to 2005, Reed made more than 100 appearances as a featured news analyst on Los Angeles-area National Public Radio affiliate KPCC-FM. From 1990 to 1998, Reed was an editor, metro columnist and film critic at the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin in Ontario. Reed has a political science degree from the University of Hawaii (Hilo campus), where he edited the student newspaper, the Vulcan News, his senior year. He is on Twitter: @chrisreed99.
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Brian Calle is Editor-in-Chief of CalWatchdog.com and the Opinion Editor for the Orange County Register. His work has appeared in Bloomberg, Fox News, Forbes, Real Clear Politics, Human Events, Real Clear Markets and City Journal, among other websites and publications. Find him on Twitter: @briancalle
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John Seiler has been writing about California for 25 years. That includes 22 years as an editorial writer for the Orange County Register and two years for CalWatchDog.com, where he is managing editor. He attended the University of Michigan and graduated from Hillsdale College. He was a Russian linguist in U.S. Army military intelligence from 1978 to 1982. He was an editor and writer for Phillips Publishing Company from 1983 to 1986. He has written for Policy Review, Chronicles, LewRockwell.com, Flash Report and numerous other publications. His email: writejohnseiler@gmail.com

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