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2007 press release shows rail authority touting CEQA compliance

May 21st, 2014 By Chris Reed.

A Tuesday afternoon AP story laid out the latest courtroom developments involving the bullet-train fiasco: "SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's $68 billion bullet train project should be exempt from the state's strict environmental review process now that it is subject to federal oversight, th...

Gov. Brown blames wildfires on global warming

May 20th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Gov. Jerry Brown has been blaming the wildfires on global warming/climate. The Times summarized his recent statements: "We here in California are on the front lines," Brown said on ABC in the first of two Sunday morning news show appearances.... The governor repeated his belief that this spring's...

CA workforce participation hits 38-year low

May 20th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The same state survey of labor statistics that led to headlines last week about California having its lowest unemployment rate in nearly six years also had some much less positive news. The California Center for Jobs & the Economy noted these stats on Monday. The first: "California’s Lab...

San Fran = Rwanda

May 19th, 2014 By John Seiler.

San Francisco is by far the most liberal city in the United States. In the 2012 election, it voted 83 percent for Democratic President Obama and 13 percent for Republican Mitt Romney. So one would think that SF would have the least "income inequality" of any city in America. Income inequality is...

Radicals almost burned alive UC official faulted for Occupy response

May 19th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

As the left's thoughtcrime offensive gears up, the latest victim is former UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgenau, who backed out of a speaking role at Haverford University graduation ceremonies after campus "progressives" demanded it. They're upset over Birgenau's response to Occupy protests on hi...

Laffer explains why people flee CA

May 19th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Dr. Arthur Laffer helped design the Proposition 13 tax cuts in California in 1978, which undergird what little prosperity California still has; and President Reagan's 1981-83 tax cuts, which provided 25 years of prosperity, with two minor recessions (because the government ignored Laffer's advice), ...

Update: More on Climategate cooked books

May 17th, 2014 By John Seiler.

AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, continues to gut the California economy. Even after the 2009 revelations of Climategate showing that "climate scientists" cooked the books on the numbers. Even after Climategate II in 2011. Now we have Climategate III. James Delingpole repor...

First anniversary of L.A. Times’ worst bias/incomptence ever

May 17th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

When it comes to hydraulic fracturing -- the energy-exploration technique that has prompted a gigantic U.S. boom in natural gas and oil production -- there is a hilariously telling and depressing difference between the national media and the California media. The national media, with The Huffingt...

Mixed GOP reaction to Donnelly: Dumb-de-dumb-dumb

May 16th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The California Republican Party is now very, very down on its luck. But I think state party chair Jim Brulte isn't just blathering when he suggests the party can make at the least a modest comeback. The main reason for this, however, isn't the behavior of California Republicans. It's both a broad...

CA plastic bag ban would hurt environment

May 15th, 2014 By John Seiler.

In this dysfunctional state, it figures the Legislature likely soon could ban plastic bags at stores. AP reports: "Senate Bill 270 passed the Assembly's Natural Resources Committee on a 5-3 vote following the failure of similar bans on single-use grocery bags in recent years. The latest legislatio...

CA 2014 fire season: A test of government competence

May 15th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The two worst wildfires in recorded state history struck San Diego County in 2003 and 2007, as I wrote about in today's U-T San Diego. "In October 2003, the Cedar Fire ... broke out in the Cleveland National Forest, started accidentally by a lost hunter trying to signal rescuers. It burned more t...

Brown’s CalSTRS fix hammers districts, protects teachers

May 14th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Contrary to the impression given by some of the current coverage of Sacramento's attempts to shore up the California State Teachers' Retirement System, the underfunding problem hasn't been completely ignored for all these years. Here's what I wrote about the last serious attempt to change a broken f...

Will Sen. de Leon also head the Assembly?

May 13th, 2014 By John Seiler.

In a strange development, state Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, who soon will head the Senate as president pro-tem, also will head the Assembly as speaker. This will be news to Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, who yesterday was installed as Assembly speaker. According to the Los Angeles...

TX routs CA in education test scores

May 13th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Every time I write or speak on a radio show favorably about Texas compared with California, I get harsh online comments, emails and phone calls. The usual theme isn't just that California is a nicer place to live. It's that Texas is a hellhole compared with just about anywhere -- a place that hates ...

Mexico loosens gun control

May 12th, 2014 By John Seiler.

One reason Mexico is so violent is that it has really strict gun control. Common people cannot defend themselves from well-armed criminals. The criminals don't follow the country's gun laws because they're already outlaws. The U.S. Consulate in Tijuana wrote: "Don’t bring firearms or ammunitio...

U.S. CEOs again call California most hostile to business

May 12th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

It's a May tradition: Chief Executive magazine announces its best and worst states when it comes to receptivity to business. And in what's also a May tradition, California is found to be the worst. That's 10 years in a row -- a decade of dominance. Over that same period, California saw its une...

Germans turn on CA-style green energy push

May 11th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

California may think of itself as the epicenter of the green religion, but even more extreme environmentalism has been playing out in Europe. In Germany, the result is increasingly sharp disillusionment. The Washington Times has the details: "[Germany moved] to boost renewable energy sources, almos...

A billion here, a billion there for high-speed rail

May 11th, 2014 By John Seiler.

"A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking real money," Sen Everett Dirksen, R-Ill., supposedly said, although the Dirksen Center says there's no record of it. The longtime Republican minority leader died in 1969. But whoever said it, the saying comes to mind as California's...

Covered CA enrollees not necessarily Obamacare fans

May 10th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

There's a logical fallacy to the stories, editorials and social media buzz saying or strongly implying that Covered California is a triumph because it is doing better than expected at signing up people for the Golden State's version of Obamacare. Just because they've signed up doesn't mean these Cal...

ObamaChoppers to cost $20 billion

May 10th, 2014 By John Seiler.

You would think America didn't have any economic troubles, and the government could waste whatever money it wanted to on anything. President Obama's has ordered a fleet of 23 presidential helicopters -- ObamaChoppers -- that will cost taxpayers an incredible $20 billion. That's $20,000,000,000.0...

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