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Pension criticism=racism. Aaauugghh! Aaauugghh! Aaauugghh!

August 14th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

Samuel Johnson's 1775 observation that "patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel" has particular resonance nowadays, with civil libertarians who question our government's massive spying on 300 million-plus Americans being derided as tools of U.S. enemies. But when it comes to public employee ...

Maviglio upset about our optometry articles

August 13th, 2013 By John Seiler.

Our recent articles on an optometrists' bill upset powerful Democratic consultant Steve Maviglio, currently the spokesman for Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles. Katy Grimes described how Maviglio is the News/Press contact for Bridging the Provider Gap, which favors SB 492. It's a bill br...

Gov. Brown signs gender bathroom bill

August 13th, 2013 By admin.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 1266, by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, which would require a student to be permitted to use the male or female bathrooms and locker rooms in public schools, based on the student’s gender self-identification. With the serious issues facing California today...

‘You don’t get free things’ Filner unlikely to quit

August 13th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

A source close to Filner tells me rumors that he will resign today are untrue. — Craig Gustafson (@gustafsoncraig) August 12, 2013 // _ // ]]>Late morning on Monday, a rumor swept San Diego political and journalistic circles that Mayor Bob Filner was on the verge of resignation. Weekend repor...

More people fleeing America to freedom

August 12th, 2013 By John Seiler.

How shameful. America, once the refuge of millions fleeing tyranny, now is seeing its best and brights escape here to freedom: "The main trigger for cutting ties with U.S., several lawyers say, is the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or Fatca, which requires foreign institutions to disclose ...

Speaker Perez’s spokesman behind Optometrist ads

August 12th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

An optometrist by profession, as well as Former president of the  California Optometric Association, Sen. Ed Hernandez has authored SB 492, which would greatly expand the scope of practice for optometrists, allowing them to perform as ophthalmologists, even though they are not medical doctors. ...

Working on rejected emails problem

August 12th, 2013 By John Seiler.

We're still working out the kinks on our great new site. Some of our commentators have having their messages blocked. Please bear with us. And if the problem persists, email me at: [email protected] Thank you, John Seiler, Managing Editor

Bullet train folly inspires sci-fi-esque breakthrough?

August 12th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

The lead story on Drudge for part of the weekend was about SpaceX and Telsa inventor-guru-visionary Elon Musk championing Hyperloop, a new type of travel system that he claims could move people faster than the speed of sound. That may sound preposterous, but I've been arguing for a few years now tha...

Filner’s fate: The warring conventional wisdoms

August 11th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

There are two conventional wisdoms about Bob Filner, San Diego's embattled pervert of a mayor, and they can't both be right. The first is that he simply can't stay in office. Now that all nine City Council members say he must go and statewide officials are issuing increasingly personal calls for ...

CMA both for and against expanding non-physicians’ role

August 10th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

The California Medical Association is both for and against allowing non-physicians to expand the kind of medical procedures they are allowed to perform. Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, is pushing AB 154 to allow nurses, midwives and physician assistants to perform abortions. [caption ...

‘Transit workers vs. just plain workers’

August 9th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

A renewed BART strike could bring chaos to the Bay Area on Monday. But as CalWatchdog founder Steven Greenhut points out in his U-T San Diego column, the BART labor strife isn't prompting the public reaction that transit unions may have expected. "... the most fascinating development [is] the lack ...

Socialists lecture San Diego unions on social justice

August 9th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

The disparity between San Diego unions' tolerance for depraved Mayor Bob Filner and the left's eagerness to detect a "war on women" in anything Republicans do --- even Mitt Romney's offhand reference to "binders full of women" --- is stark and kind of pathetic. It has never been more obvious that se...

Filner: Hey, Mexicans, I demand you speak English!

August 8th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

For liberals who have fought for decades to help women secure a healthy, productive, routine role in the workplace, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's serial sexual harassment of staffers, constituents and other women unlucky enough to cross his path should be toxic -- completely unacceptable. For some, b...

East Coast front opens in Filner war on women

August 8th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

Wednesday was a very bad day for Bob Filner, who was purportedly in his third day of an intensive two-week rehabilitation for his sexual-harassment addiction. The worst development for the San Diego mayor was the word from several political pros that they had joined the nascent effort to recall F...

Report: Grand jury could push Filner out

August 7th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

County grand juries are often derided in Southern California for the spotty quality of their work, at least when it comes to their reports on government agencies. But in San Diego, they could ride to the rescue if other efforts to oust serial cad/harasser Bob Filner fail. This Logan Jenkins column e...

Santa Ana: No link between pay, performance

August 7th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

A Voice of OC story details the extraordinary pay that the city of Santa Ana lavishes on its top managers: "According to city documents, [newly hired City Manager David] Cavazos would earn $558,625.85 his first year, $515,395.08 his second year and $515,895.08 his third year. The annual compensatio...

Hypocrite Matt Damon: No CA public schools for his kids

August 6th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

It doesn't get much more hypocritical than this. Actor Matt Damon, who berated a Reason think thank staffer in 2011 for daring to question the quality of teachers at public schools, thinks California's public schools aren't good enough for his kids: "Matt Damon fervently supports American public sc...

BART fight spurs anti-union backlash — from Democrats

August 6th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

The prospect that well-paid Bay Area Rapid Transit system workers with lavish benefits and little-known perks might inconvenience rich white-collar liberals in the San Francisco area has finally triggered an intraparty battle of the kind that California Democrats have somehow managed to avoid for de...

Obama allows Congress out of Obamacare

August 5th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

As the layers of Obamacare are peeled back, we have discovered the many different groups exempted from the health care nightmare. The latest scandalous executive order from President Obama exempts one particularly powerful entity: Congress. Obama did so via  executive order because he could not ...

Sac Bee ignores drug cartels in pot farming story

August 5th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

Instead of blowing the lid off of the growing pot-farming problem in some Northern California areas, the Sacramento Bee did a lightweight opinion story Sunday on Butte County, never once addressing the Mexican drug cartels behind many of the illegal pot farms, which are flourishing because of the s...

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