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Stockton ruling, like Vergara ruling, shakes CA status quo

October 2nd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Californians who think the state status quo is nuts and that public employees amount to a protected class of citizens have gotten unexpected help this year from the state and federal courts. First came Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf True's ruling that teacher tenure laws are unconstitution...

Torlakson continues lying about teacher-discipline law AB 215

October 1st, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Tom Torlakson supports a status quo in which an average of 2.2 of the state's 275,000 public school teachers are fired each year for incompetence -- a figure so ridiculous you barely need to add context. It shows the public school system is run for the adult employees, not the students. Y...

Newsom reluctant to debate Nehring

September 30th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is crusing to re-election victory on Gov. Jerry Brown's coattails and the general strength of the California Democratic Party. Yet he is reluctant to debate his Republican opponent, former GOP state Chairman Ron Nehring. The Bee reported: Nehring, in only-somewhat tongue-in-ch...

Texas Latinos out-achieve CA Latinos in broad array of categories

September 30th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Heritage Foundation senior editor Mike Gonzalez has a new book out this month, "A Race for the Future: How Conservatives Can Break the Liberal Monopoly on Hispanic Americans." Gonzalez, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, takes a deeper look at how Hispanics have done in Texas vs. how they've don...

Apple and Google snub FBI snoops

September 29th, 2014 By John Seiler.

In good news for Californians, Silicon Valley companies are getting some backbone in rebuffing government snooping. The Washington Post reports: FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google on Thursday for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement ...

Crumbling infrastructure hurting economy

September 27th, 2014 By John Seiler.

How can you tell there's a pothole up ahead on the road? Look for the sign, "Welcome to California!" A new study by the National Association of Manufacturers found the country's crumbling roads are hurting productivity by delaying supplies to factories. A previous study found California's roads a...

AB 32 revenue: Some for bullet train, some for pork, none for poor

September 27th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Before and after AB 32's passage in 2006, a whole lot of promises and guarantees were made. Some are remembered. Many aren't. One of those was the pledge to use a portion of cap-and-trade funds to directly help poor people make ends meet, since the increase in energy costs resulting from the law ...

Gov. Brown backs Cap and Trade at U.N.

September 26th, 2014 By John Seiler.

In his speech to the United Nations' "climate change" shindig this week, Gov. Jerry Brown boasted of California's record on Cap and Trade for carbon credits. He said: California has adopted a cap-and-trade system under the former governor, Governor Schwarzenegger. Passed what was called Assembly Bi...

‘No party preference’ gains again

September 25th, 2014 By John Seiler.

California Democrats are enjoying the decline of the Republican Party. But they shouldn't party hearty too quickly. Because their party also is not finding satisfaction with voters. Secretary of State Debra Bowen reported: Updated voter registration numbers released by Secretary of State Debra B...

San Jose fire union’s dire claims demolished by 10,000 LAFD job-seekers

September 25th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The Rough & Tumble news aggregation website had an unusually helpful juxtaposition of two California news stories on Wednesday. R&T linked to a Mercury-News story detailing how San Jose had finally been given a court's clearance to implement a pension plan in which newly hired firefighters g...

We’re all perpetual suspects: Portents of privacy-free era emerging in CA

September 24th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The inexpensive ease with which law-enforcement authorities can monitor the citizenry has gotten some attention from the media, which has reported on how cell phones and cars are de facto tracking devices and on how NSA software allows it to readily track millions of calls made by Americans. But ...

‘Climate change’ summit and AB 32

September 23rd, 2014 By John Seiler.

California remains the only state with anything approaching AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. It forces reductions in greenhouse gases in the state by 25 percent by 2020. AB 32's actual language read: National and international actions are necessary to fully address the issue of ...

Language of teacher discipline bill shows Torlakson’s deceit

September 23rd, 2014 By Chris Reed. At a little bit after the 51-minute mark of a forum in Los Angeles last week with state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and challenger Marshall Tuck, the candidates are asked a question from the audience about the Vergara ruling, which is described a...

Alibaba challenges Silicon Valley

September 22nd, 2014 By John Seiler.

Until now, Silicon Valley's high-tech companies ruled the roost, leaving IBM behind years ago, with only Washington-based Microsoft among the top firms outside the Valley. Now they're being challenged by Chinese-based Alibaba, which just issued a record IPO. Although values have fluctuated, on...

Minimum wage kills minimum-wage jobs

September 21st, 2014 By John Seiler.

As I noted six weeks ago, I've been noticing higher restaurant prices since California boosted its minimum wage on July 1, to $9 from $8 an hour; with a $10 increase coming in 2016. A new study by the Heritage Foundation shows how minimum-wage price increases across America increase fast-food pri...

Separatism loses in SCT, CA

September 19th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Coming shortly after entrepreneur Tim Draper's Six Californias initiative failed to qualify for the 2016 ballot, Scotland's voters decided not to secede from the United Kingdom -- yet. So it would seem separatist movements are not doing well. But pushing such revolts as far as they did shows a ...

Garcetti shows why minimum wage kills jobs

September 18th, 2014 By John Seiler.

In backing a higher minimum wage for his city, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti inadvertently explained how it would kill jobs. From the Times: "Garcetti pitched his plan to gradually boost the minimum wage across the city, critics argued that businesses might move to nearby cities to pay workers le...

In debate, Torlakson misrepresents teacher-discipline bill

September 18th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson debated challenger Marshall Tuck on Wednesday night and once again found himself on the defensive over the teacher tenure laws targeted in the Vergara decision. Cabinet Report details how Tuck went after ... ... Torlakson’s support of teach...

Absurd Prop 2 provision shows extent of teacher unions’ clout

September 17th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

If you want an example of just how powerful the teachers unions are in Sacramento, consider Proposition 2. The measure was placed on the November ballot by the Legislature at the urging of Gov. Jerry Brown, who depicts it with about 70 percent persuasiveness as establishing the sort of rainy-day fun...

Chamber of Commerce touts pension reform, backs pension arsonist

September 16th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce stunned a lot of people last month when it endorsed Democrat incumbent Scott Peters over Republican challenger Carl DeMaio in the 52nd congressional district race in an affluent swath of San Diego and its northeastern suburbs. Peters may be a relatively moderate Democrat...

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