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Obama order upgrades Angeles National Forest

Angeles National Forest
October 9, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   On Friday, President Obama carries his “executive orders” controversy to Southern California. In town since Thursday, he will redesignate half of the Angeles National Forest a national monument at the behest of Rep. Judy Chu, D-Monterey Park. According to the Los Angeles Times, "The designation will give the U.S. Forest Service greater ability to manage the crowds and pro...

Kashkari draws a media crowd

Neel Kashkari Down and Out
October 9, 2014 By James Poulos. Neel Kashkari, Gov. Jerry Brown's Republican challenger, has been playing a long game. That hasn't been immediately evident from the frenetic activity surrounding his final month of campaigning. Using a string of concept-driven political stunts, ranging from free prizes to a masquerade as a homeless man, Kashkari has established a reputation for putting elbow grease into his run for...

Judge: CalPERS not protected in Stockton bankruptcy

U.S. bankruptcy court
October 8, 2014 By James Poulos. After a brief reprieve from a bad summer, the California Public Employees Retirement System has been handed another massive setback. In a provisional but uncompromising ruling, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein held bankrutpcy law does not permit CalPERS to protect its workers' pensions even when municipal coffers run dry. An end to business as usual Typically in federal ban...

CA bans state cooperation with warrantless spying

Big Brother poster
October 8, 2014 By John Hrabe. From new regulations on ride-sharing to a ban on plastic bags, Californians lost plenty of liberty this legislative session. But freedom in the Golden State scored at least one small victory in 2014. Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law a bipartisan bill that would ban the state from cooperating with warrantless spying by the federal government. Senate Bill 828, co-authored by Se...
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