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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...

Governor as dictator

June 27th, 2013 By admin.

June 27, 2013 By John Seiler "Hail Caesar!" Gov. Jerry Brown likes classical references. So that's one we should salute him with every time we see him. As I wrote yesterday about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Proposition 8, which briefly banned same-sex marriage in California: "the U.S. Su...

CA journo fracking dissembler No. 1: Timm Herdt

June 27th, 2013 By admin.

June 27, 2013 By Chris Reed As I have noted many times in recent months, the Obama administration dismisses claims that hydraulic fracturing --- the use of underground water cannons to free up oil and natural gas reserves --- is an environmental nightmare. This has been true since the president's ...

Do Supreme Court marriage decisions make voting pointless?

June 26th, 2013 By admin.

June 26, 2013 By John Seiler Several readers I never heard from before called me today about the Supreme Court decisions on marriage. They all were wondering if their votes on Proposition 8 in 2008 were pointless, along with voting in general. Passed in 2008, Proposition 8 banned ...

‘California’ song by Joni Mitchell

June 26th, 2013 By admin.

June 26, 2013 By John  Seiler Back from 1970, another day, Joni Mitchell sings her song, "California." ...

Another company splits anti-biz CA for TX

June 26th, 2013 By admin.

June 26, 2013 By John Seiler Despite the so-called California recovery, companies keep leaving: Daegis Inc., the Roseville-based electronic discovery and information-management firm, said today in its quarterly financial report that it will relocate its headquarters to Dallas. Tim Bacci, CEO of Da...

Does Pelosi know where the most segregated U.S. cities are?

June 26th, 2013 By admin.

June 26, 2013 By Chris Reed The howls from California Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were instantaneous over the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the special powers over local and state elections given to the Justice Department need to reflect modern realities, not what life was like in...

Californians: Take note of China’s rise

June 25th, 2013 By admin.

June 25, 2013 By John Seiler Back in 1978, California was surging on the new wave of brilliant capitalist computer companies, led by Apple Computer. China remained a poor communist backwater, just two years after the death of Chairman Mao and his murderous Cultural Revolution. And it was only 17 y...

Mexicans revolting against telecom monopoly

June 25th, 2013 By admin.

June 25, 2013 By John Seiler As I've written a couple of times on our site, Mexico's economy now is growing faster than America's. The country has enjoyed almost two decades of capitalist reforms, contrasting with the equivalent plunge into socialism of El Norte. But I also noted there's one big ...

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