Obama ignores global cooling freeze out

January 29th, 2014 By John Seiler.

One part of President Obama's State of the Union with high implications for California was this: But we have to act with more urgency because a changing climate is already harming western communities struggling with drought and coastal cities dealing with floods. That's why I directed my administra...

Will CA GOP emerge as defenders of embattled techies, tech firms?

January 29th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Is the present anti-Google, anti-techie agitation in the Bay Area a reflection of anger over how affluent tech workers have driven up rent and reinflated the housing bubble? Or is it a harbinger of broader anger over how California technology firms are disrupting industry after industry? An essay in...

CA ports and trade busy, but could be more competitive

January 29th, 2014 By Katy Grimes.

California is home to 11 major ports spanning the 1,000 miles of coast between the North Coast near Oregon, and San Diego County. California has not fully analyzed the state's current trade system needs, nor are the port facilities fully coordinated, according to Huntington Beach Assemblyman ...

State of the Union: Obama, the rich, the poor and California

January 28th, 2014 By John Seiler.

In his State of the Union address tonight, President Obama is expected to talk about the gap between rich and poor Americans. He has benefited himself. At the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, his credit cards were maxed out and he had difficulty renting a car. Then Democrats pr...

AG’s bullet-train appeal: Judges should know their place. LOL!

January 28th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

After rereading Attorney General Kamala Harris' court filings from October and last week regarding the bullet train, I'm more convinced than ever that what we're seeing from Harris and Gov. Jerry Brown is an elaborate charade to mask the fact that the governor no longer wants to fight for the bullet...

Sacto water deputies patrolling for water wasters

January 27th, 2014 By Katy Grimes.

Sacramento water police are on patrol. If the rule of law isn't enough to control Sacramento's citizens, government officials have turned to deputizing neighbors for help making sure everyone complies with environmental restrictions. For nearly four years, the City of Sacramento has been enc...

CA closes corporate tax ‘loophole,’ but doesn’t get expected bonanza

January 27th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The argument that raising taxes cuts revenue because it deters taxable economic activity leads to a tired fight in which obvious facts are ignored by both sides. This claim is sometimes true and sometimes not true. It depends on what type of tax is being discussed. It's not a one-size-fits-all thing...

CA govt. drives out another business

January 27th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Warren Meyer finally had it. With the new year, he closed his park business in California. California no longer will be able to harass him, nor to collect taxes from him and his now unemployed ex-employees, many of whom will collected benefits from the state treasury. He told the details to Re...

California’s version of Obamacare a success? Not by the numbers

January 26th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

I'm pretty amazed at how long the CA media have gone along with the idea that the state's version of Obamacare is doing well. I wrote about Covered California in Sunday's U-T San Diego: "... the state’s version of Obamacare has reduced the number of Californians with health insurance while doing...

‘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...

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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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