‘Global cooling’ could postpone Super Bowl

January 26th, 2014 By John Seiler.

California keeps imposing AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. It slams businesses, and jobs, with mandatory reductions in "greenhouse gases." Meanwhile, here's what's really going on, from the Daily Mail: America is set for the coldest month of the century as weather forecasters pre...

Sacto City Clerk rejects petition to put arena subsidy to a public vote

January 25th, 2014 By Katy Grimes.

In another twist in Sacramento's arena derangement syndrome, a petition drive to put a public subsidy for the proposed Sacramento basketball arena project to a public vote, has been rejected by the Sacramento City Clerk. Friday, the city clerk announced that she rejected the petitions, along ...

Anti-Google ‘terrorism’ endorsed by editor for S.F.-based Salon

January 25th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The increasingly militant targeting of tech workers in the Bay Area now has a champion: an assistant news editor for the San Francisco-based online magazine Salon. Here's a sample of Natasha Lennard's astonishingly glib endorsement of "terrorism" targeting Google workers and presumably any other tec...

Brown pleads to CA Supreme Court: Please kill bullet train ASAP!

January 25th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

On Friday night, the Sacramento Bee reported a bullet-train development that looks off the wall if you follow the MSM coverage that accepts surfaces narratives from rail officials. But the development looks somewhat predictable if you've been reading Cal Watchdog's reporting on the fiasco and the st...

Obama administration goes after critic

January 25th, 2014 By John Seiler.

I knew Dinesh D'Souza back in the 1980s when we both lived in Washington, D.C. Although I haven't seen him since then, we both have moved to California, in his case to San Diego. An immigrant from India, he's an energetic conservative who has written numerous books and countless articles. He was ...

Happy 30th Birthday, Macintosh

January 24th, 2014 By John Seiler.

The personal computer revolution took off like an ICBM with the introduction of Apple's Macintosh 30 years ago today. Two days before, during the Super Bowl, Apple broadcast its "1984" commercial, still the most famous ad ever. At the time, the "Big Brother" in the ad was not the government, ...

Mayor’s ‘arena hype machine’ shuns due diligence, economic analysis

January 24th, 2014 By Katy Grimes.

Arena Derangement Syndrome continues. "Collusion" and "shady dealings," are just a few of the words used in a letter to describe the City of Sacramento’s "utter failure to conduct any economic analysis" in the proposed taxpayer-subsidized sports arena. Attorneys representing members of ...

‘Subsidiarity’: About broad push for local control? Or upping teacher pay?

January 24th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Joel Fox has an analysis piece at Fox & Hounds that looks at the governor's push for "subsidiarity" on education policy and wonders if what Jerry Brown is touting will segue to a larger agenda: "... is there a next phase to this move toward subsidiarity? "Does this mean that more funding sho...

Google buses vs. San Fran govt.

January 23rd, 2014 By John Seiler.

You would think San Francisco's government would applaud Google for the company's private buses, which whisk employees around the city. The buses reduce congestion and pollution in the City on the Bay, two big goals of the city government. When you go to S.F., you notice that all the cabs are req...

Secrecy, deception: CA bullet train follows path of Big Dig

January 23rd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

One of the defining characteristics of a government boondoggle is secrecy. Boondoggles are much less likely to come to pass if early scrutiny reveals huge problems. This was illustrated perfectly by the "Big Dig" -- the Boston tunnel and road building project that was the most expensive of its ki...

Brown’s State of the State: It’s Morning in California

January 22nd, 2014 By John Seiler.

President Ronald Reagan's 1984 re-election campaign theme boasted: "It's Morning in America." He won 49 states, losing only rival Walter Mondale's native Minnesota. Gov. Jerry Brown's State of the State address this morning kicked off a similar theme in what effectively was his re-election pitch...

BOE building gremlins linger in ‘sick’ building

January 21st, 2014 By Katy Grimes.

There must be gremlins living in the Board of Equalization building in downtown Sacramento. What else could explain burst water pipes, flooding, mechanical problems, bats, mold, and falling glass? BOE employees have complained for years of safety hazards and moldy, smelly, and even dirty pr...

Schwarzenegger sticking to global warming schtick

January 21st, 2014 By John Seiler.

I remember around 20 years ago Arnold Schwarzenegger explained to a talk-show host how to keep making movie hits. If a film bombed, he said, he analyzed what was wrong -- the script, the director, etc. -- then corrected it for the next project. He has not done the same thing with the major cause ...

‘Techno-militarization’ seen in CA alarms tech intellectuals

January 21st, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The NSA scandal and the increasing use of technology to police and monitor all Americans, not just suspected terrorists around the world and in our midst, is a growing worry in Silicon Valley. CEOs fret that U.S. tech firms will suffer fallout overseas because of the vast extent of our government's ...

Life expectancy gains: new front in CA pension funding woes

January 20th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Daniel Borenstein of the Bay Area Newspaper Group had a sharp column Sunday pointing out that delays in acknowledging gains in life expectancy added to the long-term funding problems faced by CalPERS. "The mortality issue exemplifies how CalPERS has set the rates it charges too low. Retirement syst...

Taxpayer-funded union programs: Scams and scandals

January 19th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

In a state with normal standards of honesty and transparency, the idea that millions of dollars in public funds could be used without any scrutiny for many years at a time would seem goofy. But that's in a normal government. In California, where hegemonic union power is a de facto constant of l...

Fullerton police chief doesn’t think verdict vindicated lethal cop

January 18th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

In the aftermath of the Kelly Thomas verdict, it's been depressing to read the comment sections of Cal Watchdog, blogs, news sites and newspapers. A lot of oddly gleeful folks treat the verdict as evidence that police did the right thing the night Thomas suffered fatal injuries while being remors...

Senate Ed committee balances school needs, parents, unions and worms

January 17th, 2014 By Katy Grimes.

At a meeting of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, a dirty little secret about the Capitol came out. There are apparently worms in the drinking fountains. SB 687 was on the agenda in the education committee. The bill would allow school districts to permit adults to volunteer time or res...

CTA wins: Brown lobbies to weaken own school-funding reform

January 17th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Gov. Jerry Brown made a surprise appearance Thursday at a State Board of Education meeting to call for board members -- most of whom he appointed -- to approve loophole-ridden regulations for the implementation of the sweeping education funding changes Brown got enacted last year. To no one's surpri...

PRI report examines bankruptcy as tool for struggling cities

January 16th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The Pacific Research Institute has released a report that couldn't be more timely. "Going Broke One City at a Time: Municipal Bankruptcies in America" by economist Wayne H. Winegarden. buy a paper if (1==1) {document.getElementById("link4533").style.display="none";} One of Winegarden's ...

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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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