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Detroit sets precedent for radical cuts in ‘inviolate’ CA pensions

June 17th, 2013 By admin.

June 17, 2013 By Chris Reed In the sci-fi satire "Robocop," we were treated to a glimpse of a future Detroit in which mechanized police ran amok. As my colleague John Seiler noted the other day, in modern-day Detroit, we're being treated to a glimpse of a future California in which promised-but-un...

Comic-book villainy on display in San Diego Unified

June 16th, 2013 By admin.

June 16, 2013 By Chris Reed It's time for a tale of comic-book villainy from San Diego Unified, the state's second-largest school district and one in which voracious unions so dominate decision-making that a stunning 92 percent of the operating budget goes to employee compensation. When 11 of eve...

Detroit to renege on pensions? CA next?

June 16th, 2013 By admin.

June 16, 2013 By John Seiler California's finances are overflowing today. The Legislature just passed a $96.3 billion budget, although Gov. Jerry Brown still will have its say. It reminds me of the Detroit of my youth in the 1960s, called the "Arsenal of Democracy" because it built the guns, bombs...

Lavish UC scholarship program again ignored by media

June 15th, 2013 By admin.

June 15, 2013 By Chris Reed The Sacramento Bee has a long story up on its website about an unpublished Legislative Analyst's Office analysis that pooh-poohs Assembly Speaker John Perez's plan to help middle-class families afford college. "A massive middle-class scholarship program in the proposed ...

Taxes on the rich DROP after Prop. 30 tax increase

June 14th, 2013 By admin.

June 14, 2013 By John Seiler Call me Nostradamus. I have predicted numerous times on CalWatchDog.com that the Propsition 30 tax increase, combined with President Obama's national tax increases, would drop tax collections from the rich. That has happened. Board of Equalization Member George Runner...

New attack on Prop. 13; may pass Assembly today

June 14th, 2013 By admin.

June 14, 2013 By Katy Grimes An Assembly Constitutional Amendment attacking Proposition 13 is expected to be heard in the Assembly today, and some are saying it may even be passed by the Assembly. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association learned only yesterday that Assembly Constitutional Amendm...

The congresswoman who betrayed her Central Valley hometown

June 14th, 2013 By admin.

June 14, 2013 By Chris Reed A Democratic congresswoman from California wants you to know she cares about some poor people -- the ones who use food stamps. This is from the Bee: "Doris Matsui of Sacramento on Wednesday pledged to spend only $13.50 on food the next three days, joining nearly 30 of h...

Budget ‘transparency’ murky in Senate

June 13th, 2013 By admin.

June 14, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO -- I watched in dismay as Senate Democrats voted yesterday to bypass proper procedure in order to play politics with the budget. They withdrew several of their budget bills from the Rules Committee, to send them directly to the Senate Floor. This is a big...

What’s good for the goose isn’t good enough for Congress

June 13th, 2013 By admin.

June 13, 2013 By Katy Grimes Congressional lawmakers and aides are so afraid that their health insurance premiums will escalate in January when Obamacare officially begins, they are thinking about quitting their government jobs, or retiring early in order to stay under the current health plan. ...

SF takes a bead on OC gun show

June 13th, 2013 By admin.

June 13, 2013 By John Seiler Here's another reason to split the state apart into at least two pieces -- although many more would be better. The OC Register reports: "One of Orange County's largest gun show operators has been named in a lawsuit filed by the San Francisco city attorney that alleged ...

Steinberg labor bill killed in committee

June 12th, 2013 By admin.

June 13, 2013 By Katy Grimes In a shocking turn of events yesterday, a controversial labor union bill authored by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, was killed by an Assembly committee today. SB 25, sponsored by the United Farm Workers, proposed to make numerous and dramatic changes to...

Obama misrepresents immigration bill

June 12th, 2013 By admin.

June 12, 2013 By John Seiler I read President Obama's speech yesterday on the immigration reform bill. He said some inspiring words about the achievements of immigrants. What he did not do is come clean about what's in the bill. For one thing, he didn't mention that the bill, on which the U.S. Se...

Corbett bill would end independent union audits

June 12th, 2013 By admin.

June 12, 2013 By Katy Grimes A bill written and sponsored by the union labor group State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, appears to be an effort to eliminate from monitoring and enforcing prevailing wage laws through independent compliance audits and enforcement of build...

School budget changes: 3 reasons to hold the champagne

June 12th, 2013 By admin.

June 12, 2013 By Chris Reed The news that Gov. Jerry Brown appears to have mostly gotten his way on school funding changes is likely to be presented as a dramatic victory for the people who believe helping struggling English learners is the key challenge facing California education. But it's one ...

Social justice, the Central Valley and CA Dems

June 11th, 2013 By admin.

June 11, 2013 By Chris Reed The Associated Press points out a basic fact about California that our media rarely note: "California's San Joaquin Valley is one of the richest agricultural regions in the world, with Fresno County farmers receiving a record $6.8 billion in revenues last year. But the ...

Sen. Ron Calderon speaks; FBI investigation continues

June 11th, 2013 By admin.

June 11, 2013 By Katy Grimes Following the June 5 FBI raid on his Capitol offices, Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, made a really brief appearance before the Senate convened for session. However, Calderon revealed nothing about the raids, part of an ongoing corruption investigation, according ...

‘Liberal’ 9th Circuit backs government spying

June 10th, 2013 By admin.

June 10, 2013 By John Seiler The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is supposed to be the most liberal in the country. And liberalism is supposed to defend personal privacy. For example, the 1973 Roe vs. Wade abortion decision by the U.S. Supreme Court was based on the "right to privacy." Here's a...

Top officials live up (down?) to bullet train tradition

June 10th, 2013 By admin.

June 10, 2013 By Chris Reed When the Los Angeles Times broke the story in April that the California High-Speed Rail Authority had quietly changed the rules to de-emphasize the importance of technical competence among bidders for the first segment of the bullet train, new authority CEO Jeff Morale...

Congrats to LAT on success of fracking disinformation campaign

June 9th, 2013 By admin.

June 9, 2013 By Chris Reed The new Los Angeles Times poll showing sharp skepticism among Californians about hydraulic fracturing --- the newly improved oil-gas drilling process that has triggered a brown energy revolution --- should trigger fierce pride among Times reporters Neela Banerjee, Evan ...

Political energy crisis in the making

June 8th, 2013 By admin.

June 9, 2013 By Katy Grimes With industrial electricity rates 88 percent higher in California than in Texas last year, the news that the San Onofre nuclear plant in is not going to be restarted is just more evidence of a government created energy crisis in the making. Due to  political pressur...

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