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Controversial Napolitano coming to UC system

July 12th, 2013 By admin.

July 12, 2013 By Katy Grimes A startling announcement early this morning caught many Californians off guard: Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano is resigning and moving to California to head the University of California system. This is a real eyebrow-raiser, and just more proof that everyt...

Filner scandal: Mayor uses Hollywood survival strategem

July 12th, 2013 By admin.

July 12, 2013 By Chris Reed San Diego Mayor Bob Filner responded Thursday to allegations that he sexually harassed several members of his staff with a classic Hollywood strategem: pleading for forgiveness and announcing he was in a rehabilitation program to deal with his personal failings. This is...

Orwellian UK arrests CA preacher for free speech violation

July 12th, 2013 By admin.

July 12, 2013 By John Seiler George Orwell's nightmare of an "Orwellian" totalitarian regime taking over his native United Kingdom -- Airstrip One -- has come true. As he wrote in the appendix to "1984": "Newspeak was the official language of Oceania, and had been devised to meet the ideological n...

TX oil production soars as CA drops

July 11th, 2013 By admin.

July 11, 2013 By John Seiler Energy production jobs are good, middle-class manufacturing jobs. Texas is reveling in the creation of such jobs. California is against them, favoring instead two kinds of jobs: high-tech jobs for those with IQs higher than 180. "Service" jobs that pay minimum wage. F...

AG Kamala Harris attacks joke coffee cup

July 11th, 2013 By admin.

July 11, 2013 By John Seiler Look at the coffee cup in the nearby picture. It's a joke, right? Not to California Attorney General Kamala Harris. She's one of 23 state attorneys general who wrote a letter (reproduced below) to Urban Outfitters Inc. in Philadelphia... "requesting Urban Outfitters...

Southern CA ‘Bonfire of the vanities’

July 11th, 2013 By admin.

July 11, 2013 By Katy Grimes Whenever environmental or social justice activists want something banned, they create a health or safety reason supporting their policy. This is the case with the attempt by the South Coast Air Quality Management District to ban fire rings and bonfires on Southern ...

Lopsided approval shows SEIU had its way on contract

July 10th, 2013 By admin.

July 10, 2013 By Chris Reed The assertion that public employee pay and benefits aren't excessive compared with the private sector is efficiently demolished when one looks at employee turnover rates. It's tiny in government ranks compared with the business world. That reflects deep satisfaction wit...

Revolutionary pension game-changer, or bigger pension problems?

July 10th, 2013 By admin.

July 10, 2013 By Katy Grimes There is a potentially revolutionary way of restructuring public pensions being floated by U.S. Sen. Orin Hatch which would  park public pension liabilities with private insurance companies, and get government out of the pension business altogether.  The plan woul...

‘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...

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