Inside Government

NEW: Part of bullet-train legal mystery may be answered

Friday, October 31st, 2014

For close followers of the bullet-train saga, one of the most basic mysteries of recent years has been what happened after Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny's tentative ruling in August 2013 that blocked the state from starting construction on the first segment of the project. Kenny f...

After 13 months on job, UC President Napolitano already seems restless

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

It has been 13 months since Janet Napolitano took over as president of University of California system. The former homeland security chief for the Obama administration has just dropped her second big hint in as many months that she's ready to move on -- or at the very least that she does not conside...

Hydropower AB 32 scam as bad as one L.A. Times detailed

Monday, October 27th, 2014
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The Los Angeles Times had a good analysis over the weekend of how AB 32 is being gamed in ways that make suspect its claims to be cleaning up the environment. California's pioneering climate-change law has a long reach, but that doesn't mean all its mandates will help stave off global warming. To ...

De Leon ‘green jobs’ vow didn’t pan out for Obama, Brown

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

New Senate President Kevin De Leon's announcement Friday that creating a broad swath of "green jobs" would be a priority will be greeted with applause by greens in West L.A. and the Bay Area and on campus, but it will elicit disbelief among economists. Nearly a decade ago, the respected McKinsey con...

You’re far more likely to be impoverished in CA than Mississippi

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

For decades, economists have complained about the stupidity of the Census Bureau's annual report on poverty in the U.S. because it didn't include cost of living in its rankings of the 50 states. An example of the old stats can be seen at right. Hilariously enough, the graphic based on the 2010 censu...

Ruling that CA high court upheld hardly favorable to bullet train

Friday, October 17th, 2014

I talked to a couple of insider types Thursday who asked me to explain my take on Wednesday's California Supreme Court announcement on the bullet train. After all that's gone down, they couldn't believe that the justices would clear the way for the state to begin selling bonds for the $68 billion bo...

AG doesn’t write slanted ballot language for plastic bag measure

Sunday, October 12th, 2014
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The Attorney General's Office of the state of California has a long, ugly history under Kamala Harris, Jerry Brown and Bill Lockyer of writing ballot language that pushes voters one way or the other -- always to the benefit of Dem stalwarts like public employee unions, trial lawyers and environmenta...

Will the NFL return to L.A.?

Sunday, October 12th, 2014
Law and Revolution

Are you ready for some football in Southern California? Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Thursday said NFL football is "highly likely" to return to Los Angeles 20 years after the Raiders scampered back to Oakland and the Rams defected from Anaheim to St. Louis. He said the recent $2 billion sale ...

In San Diego, how low will foes of gay GOP candidate go?

Friday, October 10th, 2014
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The 2008 election of gay libertarian firebrand Carl DeMaio to the San Diego City Council absolutely drove the city's Democratic machine insane. When it came to tearing DeMaio down, it was anything goes. No one of any Dem stature ever said anything when a police officer union member identified Rep...

Post-Stockton, Democrat job-retention myth certain to be exposed

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
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Both parties have bogus canards that they trot out when convenient. The worst example of this among Republicans is the idea that tax cuts always pay for themselves -- that they lead to higher revenue. It could well be true for capital gains taxes and any other taxes that discourage investment or rei...