Report: ‘Polio-like’ disease a menace to CA children

February 24th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Yahoo News, which is gearing up to be a player on the regional and national news scene, has a troubling new report about California: "Over a one-year period, five children in California developed a polio-like illness that caused severe weakness or paralysis in their arms and legs, a new case study ...

Welfare, housing: Clinton pragmatism still ignored by CA’s dim paleo Dems

February 24th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

In the late 1980s, after three straight Republican presidential wins in which GOP candidates won 133 of 150 states, the Democratic Leadership Council seized prominence in Democratic policy circles with its centrist reform agenda. Founded in 1985 by strategist Al From, the DLC thought the bad imag...

Study of Los Angeles: Prosperity increases income inequality

February 23rd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Coverage of income inequality is shockingly slanted and inept. Lazy, populist demonization of the 1 percent is the standard default starting position for explaining why poor people make a small fraction of what the very wealthy do. But as I've written for CalWatchdog before, there are a lot of much ...

Shakedown street: Jesse Jackson targets Silicon Valley — again

February 22nd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

However one feels about the growing fuss over white and Asian dominance of U.S. tech work forces, there are some fundamental facts to consider, starting with: African-American students are less likely to graduate college with degrees in high-tech fields. This is not because of a lack of interest ...

Video: Entrepreneurship still thrives in CA

February 21st, 2014 By John Seiler.

Not all businesses have been driven from California because of its high taxes and regulations. Some entrepreneurs still are find ways to thrive... ...

Bill would stamp ‘Veteran’ on CA vet licenses

February 21st, 2014 By John Seiler.

AB 1637 would stamp a "Veteran" designation on the drivers licenses of Californians who served. It's by Assembly members Jim Frazier, D-Oakley, and Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica. According to the Chronicle: "The hope, Frazier said, is that the license designation under AB 1637 would make it ea...

Push to restore CA bilingual education dubious in more than one way

February 21st, 2014 By Chris Reed.

When software tycoon Ron Unz's Prop. 227 campaign to end bilingual education in California won landslide approval in 1998, one reason was that a lot of Latinos and white liberals shared Unz's fundamental view that bilingual ed wasn't working well in the nation's largest state. L.A. Times columnist F...

CalSTRS hearing underscores Mac Taylor’s destructive happy talk

February 20th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

An Assembly committee hearing Wednesday on the immense underfunding problems facing the California State Teachers' Retirement System also illuminated another strange problem in Sacramento: the emergence of Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor as a civic arsonist. As John Myers reported, one of Taylor's...

Lessons of San Diego mayor’s race: How about ‘none’?

February 20th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The victory of Republican Councilman Kevin Faulconer over Democratic Councilman David Alvarez on Feb. 11 in the special election to finish the term of departed and disgraced San Diego Mayor Bob Filner led to many pronouncements about The Deeper Meaning Of It All. The conventional wisdom was that Fau...

CalPERS rate hike slams cities

February 19th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Californians are finding out how Gov. Jerry Brown is going to deal with the state's pension crisis: make the taxpayers pay for it. This from CalPensions: A divided CalPERS board yesterday approved a faster rate hike for the state urged by Gov. Brown, but opposed by unions. A proposal to give strugg...

‘We are destined to live with a growing and permanent underclass’

February 19th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

It may be building very slowly, and years later than it should have first appeared. But there is beginning to be a groundswell of a broad understanding in California that there is a link between job creation and what the state government does. In recent months, Dan Walters of the Sac Bee has repeate...

Obama working on CA drought

February 18th, 2014 By John Seiler.

As difficult as the drought is for California, it's wonderful to know that President Obama cares and is helping out. He won the state in 2012 by a margin of more than 3 million votes. From Time magazine: On Saturday, Obama played at the Sunnylands estate, built by the late billionaire Walter Anne...

CA Dems own state of the economy: Right, journos? Right?

February 17th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Whenever President Barack Obama gets blamed for the still-mediocre condition of the national economy, his defenders in the Democratic Party, the punditocracy and in the allegedly neutral newsrooms of America immediately say things like, "He can't get anything through Congress! Blame House Republican...

iPads in LAUSD just small part of CA school bond scandals

February 17th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The GOP assemblyman who's upset about the misuse of 25-year borrowing to pay for hundreds of millions of dollars worth of  iPads in Los Angeles Unified has an unfortunately narrow perspective on the problem. But at least Assemblyman Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills, is on the right track. If he regularl...

1/4 of Americans believe the sun revolves around earth

February 16th, 2014 By John Seiler.

It's hard to think of any more damning condemnation of American "education" than this. These people also vote, including for more tax money for more miseducation. And remember, California's education system is near the bottom of a U.S. system, which is near the bottom on international testing. From ...

Oil giant Occidental gushes for Houston

February 16th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Maybe they'll regret it when the heat and humidity hit next summer, but Occidental Petroleum is the latest industrial firm to leave California for Texas: "Occidental Petroleum, the longtime Los Angeles-based energy giant, announced Friday that it would move its headquarters to Houston and spin off ...

CBS: Record cold ice storms = global warming

February 15th, 2014 By John Seiler.

I've finally figured it out. CBS just ran a story blaming global warming for the record cold ice storms Back East. So, here's what it all means: global warming = global warming global cooling = global warming climate change = global warming more hurricanes = global warming fewer hurricanes = gl...

9th Circuit upholds right to bear arms

February 14th, 2014 By John Seiler.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the most liberal in the federal system. Yet here's what it just did, as the Chronicle reported: "California must allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms in public, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, striking down the core of the state's p...

Federal judge confuses Declaration with Constitution

February 14th, 2014 By John Seiler.

You can't make this stuff up. Why do we have to live under the rule of people who don't know the difference between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution? Here's the story from Breitbart: "A federal judge struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage today.... Except ... Ju...

Graphic shows pension reform ideas

February 13th, 2014 By John Seiler.

The site Accounting Review has come up with a neat graphic that describes America's pension crisis, and some possible alternatives: Source:

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Joseph Perkins
Joseph Perkins, now assistant editor of the Orange County Register Opinion Pages, started his career as an editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal. After serving on the White House Staff of former Vice President Dan Quayle he wrote for the San Diego Union-Tribune where he authored a nationally-syndicated column. Before writing for, Mr. Perkins was also Business Editor for San Diego Magazine.
Chris Reed
Chris Reed is a regular contributor to Cal Watchdog. Reed is an editorial writer for U-T San Diego. Before joining the U-T in July 2005, he was the opinion-page columns editor and wrote the featured weekly Unspin column for The Orange County Register. Reed was on the national board of the Association of Opinion Page Editors from 2003-2005. From 2000 to 2005, Reed made more than 100 appearances as a featured news analyst on Los Angeles-area National Public Radio affiliate KPCC-FM. From 1990 to 1998, Reed was an editor, metro columnist and film critic at the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin in Ontario. Reed has a political science degree from the University of Hawaii (Hilo campus), where he edited the student newspaper, the Vulcan News, his senior year. He is on Twitter: @chrisreed99.
Brian Calle
Brian Calle is Editor-in-Chief of and the Opinion Editor for the Orange County Register. His work has appeared in Bloomberg, Fox News, Forbes, Real Clear Politics, Human Events, Real Clear Markets and City Journal, among other websites and publications. Find him on Twitter: @briancalle
John Seiler
John Seiler has been writing about California for 25 years. That includes 22 years as an editorial writer for the Orange County Register and two years for, where he is managing editor. He attended the University of Michigan and graduated from Hillsdale College. He was a Russian linguist in U.S. Army military intelligence from 1978 to 1982. He was an editor and writer for Phillips Publishing Company from 1983 to 1986. He has written for Policy Review, Chronicles,, Flash Report and numerous other publications. His email:

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