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State, local taxes at record highs

September 24th, 2013 By John Seiler.

Governments everywhere, especially in California, say they need more money. Budgets have been cut. But here's the truth: Revenues from state and local individual income taxes, general sales and gross receipt taxes, motor fuel taxes, motor vehicle taxes and taxes on alcoholic beverages each hit all-...

CA's richest company sees smartphone future more clearly than critics

September 24th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

I am not an Apple cultist. I like the Silicon Valley icon, California's richest company, a great deal and agree that Steve Jobs is a transcendent historical figure. But I gave up on my iPhone 4 when I saw that Google's subsidized, much bigger Nexus 4 phone had virtually the same featur...

The high cost of ignoring the truth: Sacramento Convention Center

September 23rd, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

The City of Sacramento, usually on the wrong side of economic sense and accountability, is planning to build an even bigger, more expensive Convention Center, despite $16 million in annual losses over a 10-year period, and cumulative losses of $218 million over the past 14 years. adobe creative s...

Incomes down for 5th consecutive year

September 23rd, 2013 By John Seiler.

A new report confirms a theme we've advanced here at CalWatchDog.com: There has been no economic "recovery." From the Financial Times: "The typical American family now earns less in real terms than in 1989 after household incomes fell for the fifth consecutive year, highlighting how the sluggi...

New America: Parent tossed from public meeting for speaking

September 23rd, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

"Is this America?" the father of school-aged children asked as he was forcefully removed from a was forcefully removed from a Baltimore County School District meeting during the question-and-answer portion of the forum. The parent, Robert Small, concerned about the school district’s plan to u...

LOL: Feds now tout 'higher-performing' rail, not bullet train

September 23rd, 2013 By Chris Reed.

The federal government has long asserted that its provision of $3 billion-plus in 2009 "stimulus" funds to California for its bullet train is strictly governed by rules that will ensure the money is properly spent on viable high-speed rail projects -- ones with identified sources of future funding a...

CA computer problem does not compute

September 22nd, 2013 By John Seiler.

You'd think that the world's center of computer technology could get its own government computers right. The state government, and many local governments, remain plagued with glitches that would bankrupt any private-sector firm. The latest: college essay review servicescheap oem software"...

San Diego mayoral race: Faulconer, Alvarez, Fletcher, Fletcher and Fletcher

September 21st, 2013 By Chris Reed.

This week saw a fun twist in the special election campaign to replace departed pervert Bob Filner as mayor of San Diego. It was the release of a questionnaire that Democratic candidate Nathan Fletcher filled out this month for the San Diego and Imperial Counties' Labor Council as well as the re...

CA unemployment jumps to 8.9%

September 21st, 2013 By John Seiler.

So much for California being "back," as Gov. Jerry Brown keeps badgering us. State unemployment jumped to 8.9 percent in August, from 8.7 percent in July. That's well above the U.S. rate of 7.3 percent. %%anc%% if (1==1) {document.getElementById("link140").style.display="none";} And the 8.9...

FPPC imposes regulation on political bloggers

September 20th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

The California Fair Political Practices Commission just ruled this week to require campaign committees to report to the State who they pay to post "favorable or unfavorable" content on blogs, social media or online videos, on their campaign finance statements. [caption id="attachment_50190" alig...

Subsidized CA green firm goes belly-up; no one thinks it’s news

September 20th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

When Solyndra collapsed in 2011, the failure of the Bay Area-company got lots of media coverage. Losing more than $500 million of taxpayer funds on a project that was never really vetted by federal stimulus overseers was considered news. Duh. Here's a good overview of scandal coverage from an East C...

Modesto Junior College bans U.S. Constitution

September 20th, 2013 By John Seiler.

Although governments regularly ignore the U.S. Constitution, this is ridiculous. Modesto Junior College has banned the distribution of the Constitution on campus! "The Constitution guarantees the right to free speech, but don’t try to pass out copies of it at Modesto Junior College in California....

Oct. 3 key deadline for CA response to anti-bullet-train ruling

September 19th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

The implications of Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny's Aug. 16 ruling that the California High-Speed Rail Authority had failed to comply with Proposition 1A -- the 2008 state law giving $9.95 billion in bond seed money to the project -- still haven't sunk in with much of Calif...

Is the IRS targeting me?

September 18th, 2013 By John Seiler.

I wrote a little, 10-page book on classical music that I was going to sell on Amazon's Kindle system for 99 cents. Which means I would get 35 cents a purchase. I never was going to make any money from it. I did everything right when I submitted it to Amazon. But when it came to the setting up the...

Harkey has long history of whining — about coverage, questions and more

September 18th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

The coverage of Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, R-Dana Point, and her $10 million lawsuit against Sen. Mark Wyland, R-Solana Beach, over his allegedly defamatory comments about Harkey's family's legal problems focused on the political subtext of the dispute. Harkey and Wyland are both runni...

Navy Yard shooting: Feinstein takes predictable anti-gun stance

September 17th, 2013 By John Seiler.

UPDATE: FBI Washington field office confirms no AR-15 was used. casino gamble online We're still finding out what happened in the shooting in the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. But some comments are due now, in particular in response to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. Predictably, on Monday ev...

Comments section … fixed?

September 17th, 2013 By John Seiler.

We've been working on the comments section of our new site. We hope we have fixed the problems that many have encountered. Let us know what you think, below. professional writing If you're still having problems, please write me: [email protected] Thank you. zp8497586rq...

Snake oil sales up along with CA's rosy economy

September 17th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. You know... the guy who keeps repeating how rosy California's economic recovery is. The numerous reports announcing California's economic recovery appear designed to make consumers feel enough confidence to go out and spend. But spend...

CA’s 14 anti-gun bills target legal gun owners

September 16th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

Criminals don’t register their guns with authorities. Despite this indisputable fact, the California Legislature recently passed 14 gun control bills, taking aim at citizens who legally own guns. California lawmakers are ignoring the historic recall last week of two Colorado state legislat...

No Nixon-goes-to-China for Obama on CA school-testing retreat

September 16th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said last week that testing students was vital to measuring their progress and to improving student and teacher performance. Duncan warned California not to proceed with a reckless move away from standardized testing. That didn't sway the Legislature, which pa...

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