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‘Mayor Steinberg’ a disaster-in-waiting for Sacramento

July 10th, 2013 By admin.

July 10, 2013 By Katy Grimes Sacramento's City Council has historically been a revolving door into state politics. Do the names Phil Isenberg, Bob Matsui, Debra Ortiz, Lloyd Connelly, Darrell Steinberg, and Dave Jones, ring a bell? Each of these politicians started on the Sacramento City Counci...

Fresh evidence that Jerry Brown’s pension fix fixed little

July 10th, 2013 By admin.

July 10, 2013 By Chris Reed The aura of self-congratulation surrounding the governor's office is particularly intense when it comes to the pension reform measure that Jerry Brown got through the Legislature in September. But I'm not like some other Cal Watchdog contributors who consider the measu...

Government incompetence behind Bay Bridge fiasco

July 9th, 2013 By admin.

July 9, 2013 By Chris Reed The latest revelations about the Bay Bridge's construction shortcomings point straight to incompetence as the big issue. This is from the Mercury-News: "OAKLAND -- When very large, high-strength steel rods on the new Bay Bridge snapped in early spring, worried commuters ...

Good: BART strike backfires badly for unions

July 9th, 2013 By admin.

July 9, 2013 By Chris Reed When San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi took on the enormous pensions that were hollowing out the city's budget in 2011, nearly all the big name Democrats in the Bay Area wouldn't back him up. Led by Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Feinstein, they instead supported a much...

Et tu, Dan? Bee columnist omits Obama view of fracking

July 8th, 2013 By admin.

July 8, 2013 By Chris Reed In writing about how California journalists simply refuse to acknowledge that the Obama administration considers fracking to be safe --- a huge endorsement, given that Barack Obama is the greenest president in history -- I suggested that eventually Sacramento Bee colum...

Erasing “man” and “men,” one state at a time

July 8th, 2013 By admin.

July 8, 2013 By Katy Grimes The radical feminists are on a roll. They continue to make gains in their attempt to make "man" and "men" officially unacceptable terms in government. The latest weird politically correct idea to make it into legislation seeks to remove alleged "gender bias" from the...

CA Sierra Club rips energy source that’s cut emissions: natural gas

July 7th, 2013 By admin.

July 8, 2013 By Chris Reed A visit to the California Sierra Club's priorities page illustrates one of the funniest and most ironic public-policy developments of our time. The club's top three priorities are getting California "Beyond Coal," "Beyond Oil" and "Beyond Natural Gas." All fossil fuels a...

1,000 cans of soda a day? Cancer may be least of your woes

July 6th, 2013 By admin.

July 6, 2013 By Chris Reed Greens' conviction that human beings are the worst thing to ever happen to Gaia manifests itself in water-runoff rules that seek a return to water purity seen last in the days before European explorers arrived in North America. It's also pretty plain in reflexive opposit...

No, the recession is not to blame for the pension crisis

July 5th, 2013 By admin.

July 5, 2013 By Chris Reed Perhaps the single smartest guy in the Schwarzenegger administration, David Crane, continues to be a wrecking ball when it comes to the arguments offered by apologists for California's ruinous state finances. In his latest Bloomberg News column, Crane takes on the defend...

FBI eyes San Diego mayor; his biggest risk may be perjury rap

July 4th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

Happy 237th birthday, America. No, that is not a reference to "The Shining." Now, onto the news: Well, that didn't take long. Multiple news outlets are reporting that the FBI and/or the U.S. Justice Department is looking at a San Diego scandal in which first-year Mayor Bob Filner's administratio...

American independence is still relevant

July 4th, 2013 By admin.

July 4, 2013 By Katy Grimes As a young child, I was fortunate to be able to live in Newport, Rhode Island, the first British colony in America to formally declare its independence, and the first state to  guarantee freedom of religion. We lived a short time in an old home in downtown Newpor...

BART strike revs up free market rides

July 3rd, 2013 By admin.

July 3, 2013 By Katy Grimes Only two full days into the BART worker strike, it appears the 400,000 people who usually rely on the train system to get around the San Francisco Bay Area are resourceful. And, they've turned to a free market solution. While Bay Area Rapid Transit employees strike f...

BART pay, benefits so lavish that workers deserve 0% raise

July 3rd, 2013 By admin.

July 3, 2013 By Chris Reed We've been talking seriously in California since the middle of Arnold Schwarzenegger's second term as governor about the need to rein in insanely costly public employee benefits, and not just pensions. This has led to progress in cities like San Diego and San Jose and to...

Assemblyman’s bill addresses NSA surveillance

July 2nd, 2013 By admin.

July 2, 2013 By Katy Grimes Life in America would be far different if at the end of every day you had to report in to a federal government agency where you had been, who you met with and talked to, who you called and who called you, who you emailed, and what websites you visited. A chill would ...

Sac Bee fracking analysis hides fact Obama admin calls it safe

July 1st, 2013 By admin.

July 1, 2013 By Chris Reed The Sacramento Bee has joined the reporting staff of The Los Angeles Times and the Ventura County Star's Timm Herdt in the Fracking Disinformation Hall of Shame. Bee reporter Tom Knudson has a lengthy, often alarmist look at hydraulic fracturing, its long history in Ca...

Filner themes — obnoxiousness, shadiness — merge

June 30th, 2013 By admin.

June 30, 2013 By Chris Reed Cal Watchdog readers have been updated regularly on the goofiness and ugliness that's unfolded in San Diego since veteran Democratic congressman Bob Filner took over as mayor in December. The two main themes of Filner coverage are his sheer stinking obnoxiousness and hi...

Another Obamacare exemption revealed

June 29th, 2013 By admin.

June 29, 2013 By Katy Grimes In February, the Treasury Department’s summary was released announcing who won’t have to pay a fine if they refuse to buy federal Obamacare insurance. This week they added some exemptions.  We are up to 9 now. "The Obama administration on Wednesday broaden...

Will Assembly education chair heed own words on bond abuses?

June 29th, 2013 By admin.

June 29, 2013 By Chris Reed A bill that would prevent expedient, irresponsible school districts from issuing insane "capital appreciation bonds" that can't be paid off early and that cost, over the long term, 10 to 20 times as much as the amount borrowed has had an interesting journey in Sacrament...

Liberals should fret about poor’s fate, post-immigration ‘reform’

June 28th, 2013 By admin.

June 28, 2013 By Chris Reed One of the most striking things about the debate over changing our immigration laws is the refusal to have a real discussion about what would happen to existing citizens with relatively few job skills if we allowed millions more unskilled people to become citizens. It's...

Immigration reform creating jobs … for lawyers

June 27th, 2013 By admin.

June 27, 2013 By John Seiler As I've mentioned, I'm for some kind of immigration reform -- just not the 844-page monstrosity, S. 744, the Senate just passed, 68-32. Nobody knows what's in it, not even its authors. To read its impenetrable legislativeese is impossible. But I like to provide a lit...

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