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The ultimate example of how CA is rigged

July 27th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

California isn't the Golden State, it's the Public Employee State. Nothing makes the case more succinctly than what's now unfolding at UC Davis, where thuggishness by a government employee could lead to a big payoff, not harsh punishment. "DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — The former police officer who pepper...

Pelosi protects Stasi superstate

July 26th, 2013 By John Seiler.

The key person keeping the NSA-Stasi National Security State going is Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco., the House Democratic Leader; and former and possibly future House Speaker. Reported Foreign Policy magazine: "The obituary of Rep. Justin Amash's amendment to claw back the sweeping powers of ...

Greenhut on chickens and inmates

July 26th, 2013 By John Seiler.

Steven Greenhut, the founder of, has begun his new column with the UT San Diego. It will be appearing Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Bookmark the location: He'll be writing from Sacramento on state policy. His first column is ...

Government held to far lower standard than private sector

July 26th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

The gap between the standards seen in the private sector and the public sector have never seemed bigger. In the corporate world, post-Enron, we see steady pressure on companies to put out honest numbers that play fair with shareholders and potential investors. But in government, we see cities lyi...

Phil Mickelson’s tax rate: 61%

July 25th, 2013 By CalWatchdog Staff.

What a ripoff. A guy works ceaselessly for three decades to reach the pinnacle of his profession. Then the government steals 61 percent of his income for its nefarious purposes. CBS reported: "Thanks to his recent wins at both The Open Championship and the Scottish Open, Phil Mickelson pocketed ...

CA residents most likely to go from poor to rich

July 25th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

[caption id="attachment_46584" align="alignright" width="357"] A new study undercuts Occupy-style rhetoric and adds nuance to a key public-policy debate.[/caption] A massive statistical analysis of upward and downward economic mobility in the United States that is getting big play on The New York...

Results are in: Vidak wins in Senate race

July 24th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

  As of 6:00 a.m., Republican Andy Vidak was leading Democratic challenger Leticia Perez, by more than 6,000 votes for the empty seat in the Senate District 16 runoff race. Congratulations were already coming in to Vidak on his Facebook page. Vidak, a 47-year old, third-generation...

Detroit bankruptcy opens up private-sector opportunities

July 24th, 2013 By John Seiler.

Detroit's bankruptcy will reverberate for years -- all across America to California. Writing on, a good analysis comes from James Ostrowski, who has written books on libertarian activism. He writes: "Progressives have run Detroit for many decades.  Progressives, with considerable a...

Water district family melodrama

July 24th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

Like the rain from a hurricane, controversy involving two of California's most powerful political families is swirling around the Central Basin Water District. They are the Cedillos and the Calderons. The district is made up of 44 cities and water utilities in southeast L.A. County. [caption id=...

Liberals inflicted Filner on San Diego

July 24th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

As San Diego once again becomes a national punchline --- this time for its lecherous dirty old man of a mayor, not its finances --- the fact that the campaign to get Bob Filner to quit is led by his fellow Democrats continues to get a lot of attention. It's the fact that, in San Diego at least, unde...

Councilman Gil Cedillo’s ‘circular logic’

July 23rd, 2013 By John Seiler.

For an article I was editing, I checked out L.A. City Councilman Gil Cedillo's bio on his Website. It explains, "Gil Cedillo has found a balance with his underlying message that progressive politics is good for business. This circular logic of 'what is good for the people is good for business' i...

San Onofre follies: The man-made power shortage

July 23rd, 2013 By Chris Reed.

Was the San Onofre nuclear plant shut down because problems with its generator systems were so severe that it posed a risk to the 20 million people in Orange, San Diego, Los Angeles and Riverside counties? Or was the nuclear plant closed primarily because of excessive regulation -- the latest vic...

Immigration bill laden with pork for La Raza

July 22nd, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

The purpose of the proposed immigration bill currently in Congress is to provide a "path to citizenship" for the 12 million illegal immigrants currently in the U.S. The "path" will come at a high price, with strict rules immigrants must follow in order to complete the process to become a U.S. ...

CA school districts treat troubled kids like cash cows

July 22nd, 2013 By Chris Reed.

The idea that the people running public schools are "all about the kids" is one of the great canards in California life. Among the many examples that show this is ridiculous: --- Absurdly easy, undemanding tenure policies that allow horrible teachers to spend a lifetime dumbing down their student...

CA take note: MI state judge tests federal bankruptcy law

July 21st, 2013 By John Seiler.

For municipal bankruptcy, all eyes across the nation now turn to Detroit. The latest: Michigan Circuit Court Judge Rosemary Aquilina ordered Detroit's bankruptcy filings be withdrawn because they violate state law guaranteeing that pensions must be paid to public employees. The bankruptcy fil...

L.A. Times continues to keep pro-fracking news from public

July 21st, 2013 By Chris Reed.

The Los Angeles Times has somehow managed to write dozens of stories about hydraulic fracturing -- the newly efficient methof of underground energy exploration -- without noting the Obama administration says it is safe. This is diametrically opposed to the claims of green groups, but reporter Neel...

Does obstacle to one bullet train project apply to other, too?

July 20th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

The Obama administration continues to push California to build its $68 billion bullet train, a measly 5 percent of which ($3.5 billion) comes from the federal government. After the first segment is built in the Central Valley, however, there is little hope of future funding from any source except Ca...

‘Sin tax’ would burn cigar-smoking lawmakers

July 19th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

Tobacco taxes are relatively easy for lawmakers to pass because they are a tax on a hated and "sinful" habit -- smoking. But the smoking tax proposed in SB 768 would extend to cigars, a  favorite vice of many lawmakers and Capitol elites. There are several chichi cigar lounges within walki...

CA take note: Detroit bankruptcy could slash pensions 90%

July 18th, 2013 By John Seiler.

Detroit declared bankruptcy today. For California, here are the takeaways from the Detroit News report: "A bankruptcy judge could trump the state constitution by slashing retiree pensions, ripping up contracts and paying creditors roughly a dime on the dollar for unsecured claims worth $11.45 b...

CA take note: Detroit bankruptcy could slash pensions 90%

July 18th, 2013 By CalWatchdog Staff.

July 18, 2013 By John Seiler Detroit declared bankruptcy today. For California, here are the takeaways from the Detroit News report: "A bankruptcy judge could trump the state constitution by slashing retiree pensions, ripping up contracts and paying creditors roughly a dime on the dollar for unsec...

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