Inside Government

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
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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...

Stockton ruling, like Vergara ruling, shakes CA status quo

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
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Californians who think the state status quo is nuts and that public employees amount to a protected class of citizens have gotten unexpected help this year from the state and federal courts. First came Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf True's ruling that teacher tenure laws are unconstitution...

AB 32 revenue: Some for bullet train, some for pork, none for poor

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Before and after AB 32's passage in 2006, a whole lot of promises and guarantees were made. Some are remembered. Many aren't. One of those was the pledge to use a portion of cap-and-trade funds to directly help poor people make ends meet, since the increase in energy costs resulting from the law ...

San Jose fire union’s dire claims demolished by 10,000 LAFD job-seekers

Thursday, September 25th, 2014
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The Rough & Tumble news aggregation website had an unusually helpful juxtaposition of two California news stories on Wednesday. R&T linked to a Mercury-News story detailing how San Jose had finally been given a court's clearance to implement a pension plan in which newly hired firefighters g...

We’re all perpetual suspects: Portents of privacy-free era emerging in CA

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
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The inexpensive ease with which law-enforcement authorities can monitor the citizenry has gotten some attention from the media, which has reported on how cell phones and cars are de facto tracking devices and on how NSA software allows it to readily track millions of calls made by Americans. But ...