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‘Top 100′ power list telling about Skelton — and about Capitol

August 23rd, 2013 By Chris Reed.

John Howard's annual Top 100 list of the most powerful non-lawmakers in Sacramento is always a riveting read because the Capitol Weekly feature offers an unvarnished view of how the Capitol works. The most powerful people are often folks who have far more power than most lawmakers -- but no one's ev...

Kerry attacks Internet

August 22nd, 2013 By John Seiler.

One of the biggest snobs ever is John Kerry, now the U.S. secretary of state. He wants to rule our lives without us objecting. And he doesn't like it that the Internet makes it easier for us to find out what's going on and object. He said on his recent trip to Brazil: "I'm a student of history, and...

Will man of all parties end up San Diego mayor?

August 22nd, 2013 By Chris Reed.

On Friday, the San Diego City Council will vote on a proposed settlement in which it is believed that scandal-plagued serial groper and pay-to-player Bob Filner will resign as mayor in return for some city help with his legal expenses and exposure in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him. ...

Cailfornia’s Khmer Rouge regime

August 21st, 2013 By John Seiler.

Kay Lim and Ken Chea -- or their families -- survived the murderous Khmer Rouge regime of Pol Pot in Cambodia, when a third of the Cambodian people were murdered in the name of the people. In America, the government of California is murdering their business, Angelo's Drive-In of Fresno: FRESNO -...

Dan Morain (aka George Skelton Jr.) has bullet train ‘scoop’

August 21st, 2013 By Chris Reed.

So a Sacramento Superior Court judge agrees with Quentin Kopp, the father of California's bullet train, that how the state is pursuing the project flouts state law. So the judge tells the state it has to have all the funds lined up for the initial 300-mile segment -- all $31 billion -- before it can...

Video: In CA schools, 3 X 4 = 11

August 20th, 2013 By John Seiler.

Back in the early 1990s, California schools adopted "New New Math" and "Whole Language" to dumb down the kids. Parents revolted. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the state reformed the curriculum and adopted some decent standards. But in California, no bad idea stays down for long. This time, i...

Fracking: Can we trade CA Dems for PA Dems?

August 20th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

The New York Times and the Huffington Post have reported that the Obama administration supports fracking and doesn't buy the alarmism of the enviromental lobby on this. Now another prominent  publication, the National Journal, points out a fact that the Los Angeles Times and the Sacramento Bee refu...

Government’s tyrannical grip tightens

August 19th, 2013 By John Seiler.

If it weren't for the nice cars we drive instead of Trabis, I'd swear we were living in East Germany c. 1985. Here's the latest outrage from what I call the Stasi SuperSnooper State: Feds Threaten To Arrest Lavabit Founder For Shutting Down His Service from the either-you-help-us-spy-on-people-or-...

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...

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