Mamet: Govt. should NOT enslave us

January 27th, 2013 By admin.

Jan. 27, 2013 By John Seiler I got some pretty good response to my article, "Brown official: You're our slave." I was attacking the statement by Gil Duran, Gov. Jerry Brown's press secretary, "We have to look beyond our personal interests to where we are going as a society.” I wrote, "Translati...

Brown official: You’re our slave

January 26th, 2013 By admin.

Jan. 26, 2013 By John Seiler If you listen closely, sometimes government officials tell you what they really think of you. Concerning the controversy over whether golfer Phil Mickelson might leave California because of the massive Proposition 30 tax increase, Gov. Jerry Brown's press secretary, Gi...

FTB tax grab an acid test for ‘business-friendly’ Jerry Brown

January 26th, 2013 By admin.

Jan. 26, 2013 By Chris Reed There's finally some mainstream media coverage of the astounding decision of the Franchise Tax Board to rewrite a tax break and go after profits accumulated by some business owners that date back to 2008. The U-T San Diego story by Chris Cadelago only makes the money gr...

What I didn’t hear from Republicans this week

January 26th, 2013 By admin.

Jan. 26, 2013 By Katy Grimes While Gov. Jerry Brown announced a balanced budget and the magical economic recovery of California this week, too many Republicans fell all over themselves to praise him for it. It was difficult to see much of a difference between the two parties, yet there is a ideo...

Feinstein’s gun ban bill exempts govt. officials

January 25th, 2013 By admin.

Jan. 25, 2013 By Katy Grimes An interesting tidbit came out of Thursday's big announcement by Sen. Dianne Feinstein about her newest gun ban legislation. The bill would exempt "weapons used by government officials." Feinstein officially proposed banning 157 different makes and models of "militar...

DeVore: Numbers show Arnold’s tax increase cost jobs

January 25th, 2013 By admin.

Jan. 25, 2013 By John Seiler Remember how, in the Proposition 30 campaign, Gov. Jerry Brown insisted the massive tax increases wouldn't chase rich folks out of California? Former California Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, who recently moved to Texas, has the numbers proving him wrong: "What few know is...

The next Parks dept. cover up

January 25th, 2013 By admin.

Jan. 25, 2013 By Katy Grimes The crime is one thing -- the cover up makes it worse. But in the case of the state Parks and Recreation agency, it could be that the lack of prosecution of the crime is the real crime. Late in the day on Thursday, the Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully ...

Jerry Brown’s ignorant — literally — views on school reform

January 25th, 2013 By admin.

Jan. 25, 2013 By Chris Reed Gov. Jerry Brown likes to dress up his speeches with quotes and literary references, so here's one for Jerry: Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. I bring up good old George Santayana's chestnut because of the governor's State of the State spee...

CA soon could have highest U.S. unemployment rate

January 25th, 2013 By admin.

Jan. 24, 2013 California's unemployment rate stayed the same in December, at 9.8 percent, the third highest. But what's curious is that the unemployment rates of No. 1 and No. 2, Nevada and Rhodes Island at 10.2 percent each, are inching downward and soon likely will be lower than California's. Me...

Sucking up gets you nowhere

January 24th, 2013 By admin.

Jan. 24, 2012 By Steven Greenhut The following statement, which came from a press release, earns my vote for Shameless Suck Up of the Week: "ACEC California applauds Governor Brown for his tireless efforts to balance the state budget.  We are very pleased that in his State of the State speech Gov...

Another CA taxpayer bites the dust…

January 24th, 2013 By admin.

Jan. 24, 2013 By John Seiler Michael Reagan, the Gipper's son, writes: "Before Jan. 1, an older surgeon I know closed his practice, laid off his four employees, sold his house, and moved to Nevada. "He was still a practicing surgeon, not because he needed the money but because he loved being a sur...

Live-blogging Gov. Brown’s State of the State address

January 24th, 2013 By admin.

Jan. 24, 2013 By John Seiler I'm live-blogging Gov. Jerry Brown's State of the State address. Live video link here. 9:06 Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is bloviating about how the budget supposedly is balanced. "The best is yet to come." True -- for those who leave California. 9:07 Brown now: "California...

State government will have to start subsidizing Amtrak soon

January 24th, 2013 By admin.

Jan. 24, 2013 By Chris Reed Congress and most presidents have long been ridiculously tolerant of Amtrak and its never-ending need for federal aid -- the equivalent of massive ongoing annual bailouts. But five years ago, lawmakers actually got a little fed up. The result was a law that required st...

Firefighter one of nation’s safest jobs

January 23rd, 2013 By admin.

Jan. 23, 2013 By Steven Greenhut The nation's astoundingly well-paid public firefighters insist that they receive their high salaries and pensions (averaging around $175,000 a year in total compensation in California, with age-50 retirements and schedules that allow them to sleep on the job and w...

Sacramento arena deal; still beating a dead horse

January 23rd, 2013 By admin.

Jan. 22, 2013 By Katy Grimes "Sacramento deserves its shot to keep the Kings," the Sacramento Bee editorial headline said this morning. "Deserves." I really don't like how that word is so carelessly tossed around. What Sacramento deserves is a city council and Mayor with some fiscal responsibi...

As I predicted, state revenue up — for now

January 23rd, 2013 By admin.

Jan. 23, 2013 By John Seiler A week ago I wrote on, "Two critical budget dates approaching." I predicted that rich people's quarterly tax payments briefly would goose tax collections for 2012 as they cashed in on investments to avoid the 2013 state and federal tax increases. But th...

Plastic bag ban rises from the dead

January 23rd, 2013 By admin.

Jan. 23, 2013 By Katy Grimes The plastic bag horror movie that wouldn't go away... It's baaaacccckkkkk! Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, announced Monday that he is bringing back from the dead a proposal banning all plastic bags. Assembly Bill 158 would ban "single-use" plastic groc...

Phil Mickelson: Instant hate for California’s Gerard Depardieu

January 23rd, 2013 By admin.

Jan. 23, 2013 By Chris Reed We don't have a clear verdict yet on the predictions that the sharp hike in income taxes paid by the rich in California, courtesy of Proposition 30, will drive them from the Golden State. Certainly it seems likely, based on how large groups of people have reacted to t...

What most politicians really are

January 22nd, 2013 By admin.

Jan. 23, 2013 By John Seiler Most politicians think they're hot stuff. They have aides toadying to them 24/7. This is as true of a U.S. Senator as of a city council member. But let Col. Kurtz tell a politician who he really is: ...

Compton Unified’s sharp attendance jump: Too good to be true?

January 22nd, 2013 By admin.

Jan. 22 By Chris Reed The SIA Cabinet Report education news site has a report up about a stunning jump in attendance at Compton Unified schools: "The K-12 district of some 25,000 pupils reported an increase during the 2011-12 school year in average daily attendance of 1.5 percent. Compton official...

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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.
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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
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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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