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Is there ever any positive news about the bullet train?

April 4th, 2013 By admin.

April 4, 2013 By Chris Reed Is there ever any hard, legit good news about the California High-Speed Rail Authority's plan to build a state bullet-train network? The stories last week about the U.S. Government Accountability Office depicting CHSRA's ridership estimates as reasonable were only posi...

CA Leg: After we pass the bill, we’ll fix it

April 3rd, 2013 By admin.

April 3, 2013 By Katy Grimes A strange trend is taking place at the State Capitol, and one which feels all too familiar after the passage of Obamacare. California Legislators have been passing seriously flawed and incomplete bills out of committees under the proviso the author "works on it" bef...

‘Unsafe handguns’ now the target of Dems

April 3rd, 2013 By admin.

April 3, 2013 By Katy Grimes The many gun control bills being pushed through the Capitol are concerning. But many of them are also rather embarrassing. It has become evident that most of the legislators fixated on gun control have no idea what they are talking about. Yesterday at an Assembly Publ...

Bankruptcy judge rejects CalPERS’ claim to protected status

April 3rd, 2013 By admin.

April 3, 2013 By Chris Reed As John Seiler pointed out here Tuesday, Monday's court ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein isn't seen as definitive. Yes, the city of Stockton can proceed with its bankruptcy filing. No, Klein doesn't yet agree with the city's plan to only short bondhold...

Caltrans director about to be quietly reconfirmed

April 2nd, 2013 By admin.

April 2, 2013 By Katy Grimes Caltrans is an agency in trouble. The most recent buffoonery involves putting California motorists at risk, with the 30 broken bolts discovered on the newly renovated San Francisco Bay Bridge. And apparently Caltrans knew about this. A recently released report from ...

CA Legislature attacking gun rights

April 2nd, 2013 By admin.

April 2, 2013 By John Seiler If there's one thing that might get me finally to move away from the beach to another state, it's gun control. There's no way I will let a tyrannical government take away my sacred Second Amendment "right to keep and bear arms." I'm checking out U-Haul prices because ...

Steve Maviglio, pension sage: Why it’s a laughable spectacle

April 2nd, 2013 By admin.

April 2, 2013 By Chris Reed Steve Maviglio, a leading consigliere to top Sacramento Democrats for more than a decade, now regularly pretends to  a new role. Even though he's on Speaker John Perez's payroll, Maviglio offers himself up on Twitter in the quasi-journalistic role of reasoned, reasonab...

L.A. Times intolerant toward ‘intolerant’ conservatives over Google on Easter Sunday

April 1st, 2013 By admin.

April 1, 2013 By John Seiler The Los Angeles Times writer Robin Abcarian informs us: "There’s no intolerance like good conservative intolerance. "On Easter Sunday, Google incurred the wrath of the conservative Twittersphere when it chose to feature on its home page a portrait of California civi...

Another East Coast liberal misjudges CA

April 1st, 2013 By admin.

April 1, 2013 By John Seiler California is such a complex state that it's often amusing when East Coast liberals try to explain it to us. The latest is from New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. His article appeared in the April 1 edition of the Times, so maybe it's an April Fool's joke. He writ...

So why is Google worth so much?

April 1st, 2013 By admin.

April 1, 2013 By John Seiler I kept hoping it was an April Fool's Day joke. But the new Gmail from Google isn't. It makes me wonder how they got to be worth so many billions. The new format opens a new  screen on the right side of my monitor. Google says this is so I can keep an eye on my Inbox....

Reuters bests state media at covering San Bernardino’s collapse

April 1st, 2013 By admin.

April 1, 2013 By Chris Reed If you had to fashion a nut graph to explain why so many local California governments are in deep fiscal trouble, here's my nominee for an honest generic overview: Over the past 20 years, the city/county/district's political leaders have often acceded to union demands ...

Why CA is so screwed up, in a nutshell

March 31st, 2013 By admin.

March 31, 2013 By Chris Reed So CalPERS' actuary, in a fit of unusual honesty, says the pension giant's finances are in bad shape in the long run and need to be firmed up. But Alan Milligan realizes that asking his labor-dominated board of directors to have public employees pay more toward pension...

Why is state gov so inefficient? Duh. Job preservation.

March 30th, 2013 By admin.

March 30, 2013 By Chris Reed The Sacramento Bee's Jon Ortiz had a piece Thursday about the grotesque mess that is California state government that had lots of interesting details about the extent of the dysfunction: "Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown christened an overhaul of the state's personnel syste...

Auditor: California $127 billion in the red

March 29th, 2013 By admin.

March 29, 2013 By John Seiler It's official: California is broke. According to a new report by state Auditor Elaine Howle: "unrestricted net assets totaled a negative $127.2 billion. Restricted net assets are dedicated for specified uses and are not available to fund current activities. Almost ha...

Unionized workers reject their own UAW contract!

March 29th, 2013 By admin.

March 29, 2013 By Katy Grimes In an bizarre twist on reality, the United Auto Workers union found itself bargaining as an employer, but got a taste of their own medicine when 74 of the union's own workers at the UAW-General Motors Center for Human Resources rejected the union’s latest cont...

How will the Cyprus crisis impact the U.S.?

March 28th, 2013 By admin.

March 28, 2013 By Katy Grimes Is America headed for a Cyprus-like crash? These are the headline stories today from the Drudge Report: 'THEY HAVE STOLEN OUR MONEY'... Cyprus banks reopen, with strict restrictions... €300 daily withdrawal limit... No money allowed to leave country... Russia to b...

Bullet train: Is L.A. Times’ beat reporter ashamed of edit page?

March 28th, 2013 By admin.

March 28, 2013 By Chris Reed There's been quite a bit of good reporting done on the bullet-train fiasco. Mike Rosenberg of the San Jose Mercury-News and Lance Williams of California Watch jump to mind. But Ralph Vartabedian of the Los Angeles Times probably deserves top honors. Vartabedian's smar...

Obamacare glitch previously covered by CalWatchdog

March 27th, 2013 By admin.

March 27, 2013 By Katy Grimes There are huge news stories all across the country today about the latest discovery in the Obamacare law. I have been writing about these cost increases long before this latest hysteria. And now, well after the election, a new report was published showing just how ...

Obamacare to raise CA costs, shutter Anaheim hospital

March 27th, 2013 By admin.

March 27, 2013 By John Seiler Many people, including yours truly, have warned that Obamacare would lead to higher costs and worse medical care. That's now happening like a heart attack. A new estimate by the Society of Actuaries pegs increases in California medical claims costs by 2017 at 62 perc...

Sacramento arena: A ‘Field of Schemes’

March 27th, 2013 By admin.

March 27, 2013 By Katy Grimes Sacramento officials have lost all ability to reason, and instead are letting emotions and delusions of grandeur drive their decision over a downtown sports arena. Arenas are nothing more that fields of schemes, and the joke is on taxpayers. And Sacramento is hard...

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