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CA labor law enforcers penalizing the productive

June 4th, 2013 By admin.

June 4, 2013 By Katy Grimes Looking for a place to start a business? Some are saying anywhere but California. The California Chamber of Commerce did an analysis of a new report just released by the state Labor Commissioner. “State of the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement” reveals th...

Bill Lockyer should make like Bulworth in his last 19 months

June 4th, 2013 By admin.

June 4, 2013 By Chris Reed News that state Treasurer Bill Lockyer will retire when his current term expires in January 2015 has produced plenty of tributes to Lockyer's smarts and tenacity, and plenty of pushback from people who say he's just a part of the Democratic establishment that's mismanage...

Google’s first U.S.-built smart phone coming to TX, not CA

June 4th, 2013 By admin.

June 4, 2013 By John Seiler As I reported yesterday, Apple is building its new GPU unit in Florida, not California. Now this: "Google-owned Motorola is working on a new smartphone that is made up of the things you’d expect: It’s lighter, thinner and faster than its predecessors, with cool new...

What’s really wrong with health care

June 3rd, 2013 By admin.

June 3, 2013 By John Seiler What's really wrong with health care? A New York Times article showed some of it. Read it and see if you see much, if any, patient involvement in decisions. Here's are some key sections: "Whether directly from their wallets or through insurance policies, Americans pay m...

Bob Filner: He’ll do for San Diego what he did for the VA

June 3rd, 2013 By admin.

June 3, 2013 By Chris Reed It doesn't take long before the L.A. Times' profile of new San Diego Mayor Bob Filner in Sunday's paper makes it clear that we're in for a piece that poses as a warts-and-all portrait but is more akin to hagiography. I know and like the reporter who wrote the piece, Tony...

Apple building new GPU unit in FL not CA

June 3rd, 2013 By admin.

June 3, 2013 By John Seiler Although Apple is expanding its GHQ in Cupertino, it's also building up an important unit in Florida, the Orlando Design Center. Reports MacRumors.com: "Apple has hired at least a dozen former AMD graphics engineers for its Orlando offices in recent months, according to...

How to fix California

June 2nd, 2013 By admin.

June 2, 2013 By John Seiler Our friend Steven Greenhut has co-written, with William Osborne of the U-T San Diego, a prescription for fixing California. A couple of paragraphs: "California, the ninth-largest economy in the world, is a profoundly troubled state. It remains badly broken in many fund...

No, CA not thriving: Double-whammy from U-T San Diego

June 2nd, 2013 By admin.

June 2, 2013 By Chris Reed The newly in-vogue theory in the national media and in the particularly stupid wings of the California media is that the Golden State's recent revenue surge suggests Sacramento has gotten on the right track and surmounted all its vast dysfunction, incoherence and incompe...

How’s Obamacare working out for CA?

June 2nd, 2013 By admin.

June 2, 2013 By John Seiler How's Obamacare working out? On her Web site, state Senate Speaker Pro Tem Nora Campos, D-San Jose, wrote: "Much of our focus, early in 2013, will be on health care. The legislature will work with Governor Jerry Brown to implements the federal Affordable Care Act [Obama...

Fracking watch: Illinois gets in on the energy gold rush

June 1st, 2013 By admin.

June 1, 2013 By Chris Reed There's beginning to be almost a sense of inevitability about fracking spreading throughout the United States. Green objections are being overwhelmed by the economic benefits of the newly efficient energy-exploration process, by its positive effects on air pollution an...

Oddly enough, Legislature displaying hints of moderation

June 1st, 2013 By admin.

June 1, 2013 By Chris Reed The California Legislature has been such a redoubt of hardcore liberal lunacy for so long that I can't believe I'm writing this, but May may have been the most moderate month I've seen in Sacramento since Pete Wilson departed the governor's office 14 years ago. That thi...

Special problems for high-speed rail

May 31st, 2013 By admin.

May 31, 2013 By John Seiler The Mercury-News reported today: "SACRAMENTO -- High-speed rail officials acknowledged Thursday that they almost certainly won't break ground on the $69 billion project as planned in July after hitting some last-minute bumps in the road. And even more delays are possibl...

St. Louis Fed: There was no recovery

May 31st, 2013 By admin.

May 31, 2013 By John Seiler Gov. Jerry Brown and others have been proclaiming "California is back" because of greater state revenues. But I've been warning here all along that the "recovery" is hollow. For one thing, the reduction in "unemployment" has occurred only because millions of people have...

CA and Obamacare: Media offer happy talk, not analysis

May 31st, 2013 By admin.

May 31, 2013 By Chris Reed Last week, when the California agency that has the lead role in implementing Obamacare announced the rate structure for various insurance plans to be offered beginning Jan. 1, 2014, the media jumped to a lot of conclusions -- conclusions flattering to Obamacare, as one w...

Air Resources Board corp facing open meetings

May 30th, 2013 By admin.

May 30, 2013 By Katy Grimes Stop the presses! A really good Republican bill just passed the Assembly 63-0. What? How? AB 527 by Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, would repeal the existing exemption of the Western Climate Initiative, Inc., and its appointees, from the Bagley-Keene Open Meeti...

Michael Hiltzik ❤ Big Brother IRS

May 30th, 2013 By admin.

May 30, 2013 By John Seiler I often have criticized Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik for almost always favoring more government -- more taxes, more spending, more controls. But I have to commend him for his recent column, "Showing the IRS some love after witch hunt." That's the actual ...

Special interest union bill may die in Assembly

May 29th, 2013 By admin.

May 29, 2013 By Katy Grimes Occasionally the Legislature gets it right and kills a bad bill. Today may be one of those days. AB 1333 by Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, is an ugly piece of special interest legislation. The bill would require city councils to review all contracts wit...

Illogical liberal view of Sen. Ted Cruz’ Canadian birth

May 29th, 2013 By admin.

May 29, 2013 By John Seiler Sometimes I wish people would take a course in logic. Here's a free one. The Chronicle reported in a story by Richard S. Dunham: "It seems like an obscure court case from a dusty old law book, but if Canadian-born Texas Sen. Ted Cruz decides to run for president, yo...

As CA eyes big-box ban, Wal-Mart fan ascends at White House

May 29th, 2013 By admin.

May 29, 2013 By Chris Reed As hard left as it can seem, even the Obama administration isn't as doctrinaire as the leftists who dominate Sacramento. As I have written about several times for Cal Watchdog, state Democrats and even many of their allies in California's media refuse to acknowledge tha...

Panetta panel pushed gun control

May 28th, 2013 By admin.

May 28, 2013 By John Seiler Former SecDef Leon Panetta, also a former congressman from Monterey, on Monday convened a panel on gun control. Although some gun defenders were there, this mainly was a pro-gun control powwow. It's significant that it was held in Monterey, which had only five murders ...

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