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Yeah, sure, CA is going to love Obamacare

August 19th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

There has been a striking lack of common sense among advocates of Obamacare. First example: It was completely predictable that allowing companies to not provide health insurance to employees who worked less than 30 hours a week would lead companies to broadly shift to part-time employment. In any...

Why Chris Christie won’t be president

August 18th, 2013 By John Seiler.

As his speech before GOP honchos this week showed, Chris Christie obviously is running for president. The New Jersey governor likely will be re-elected next year, then begin campaigning in earnest for the White House. He attacked potential opponents, meaning especially Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky,...

New fiscal year: CA Revenue down, jobless up

August 16th, 2013 By John Seiler.

While the nation's economy is creeping upward, California's is creeping downward. The latest: Gov. Jerry Brown's Department of Finance reported: "Sales and use tax receipts were $123 million below the month’s forecast of $1.710 billion. July represents the final payment for second quarter t...

Please have patience with our site

August 16th, 2013 By John Seiler.

We're still working on our great new site. So please have patience with us. In particular, some comments still are being blocked. If that happens, send them to me: [email protected] We also are working on getting rid of the spam automatically. For some reason, Chinese hackers literally...

Filner follies: Strangest/worst day yet

August 16th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

The saga of Mayor Headlock had one of its most eventful days Thursday as several reports illustrated the full range of his out-of-controlledness. The oldest alleged victim yet came forward: "DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO — A great-grandmother who works as a volunteer staffing the senior citizens desk at ...

Why you need a gun…

August 15th, 2013 By John Seiler.

Gun controllers insist that we disarm ourselves. That the police will "protect" us. Here's the real world. In the placid and well off community of Orange Hills in Orange County: "robbers forced their way into a home and tied up a family at gunpoint and then invaded a neighbor's home as well. "T...

Biased zip codes to be integrated by HUD

August 15th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

Apparently I live in a biased, narrow-minded zip code... according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. What's the definition? First, look at HUD's mission: HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is ...

Long-ago union payoff now haunts CA pension reform

August 15th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

In his Tuesday Sac Bee story about the federal government preparing to withhold funds for state construction projects because the 2012 state pension reform violated a "federal mass transit grant rule," Jon Ortiz got it wrong. It's not a grant rule. It's a plainly written 1964 federal law that could ...

NBC discovers Obamacare is bad for biz

August 14th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

CalWatchdog has done more than 50 stories about Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act since just Januray 1, 2013, warning about the detrimental impacts the law will have on businesses, business owners, and employees. NBC News published a story Wednesday announcing what the rest of the countr...

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 ...

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