Inside Government

Trash train fiasco illustrates private vs. public double standard

Monday, April 21st, 2014
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This story in the Orange County Register illustrates a common CalWatchdog theme: In the private sector, incompetence leads to companies failing and people getting fired. But in government, all too often incompetence comes without consequence: "The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County have spe...

LAT: All hail ‘economic stability,’ surpluses achieved by Gov. Brown

Saturday, April 19th, 2014
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The ability of Gov. Jerry Brown to convince the state press corps that he has righted California's listing ship continues to amaze. The Golden State has by far the highest poverty rate in the nation. One in six adults can't find full-time work -- the second worst rate in the U.S. At a time when inco...

Santa Ana considers taxing … free Skype calls! Oh, the insanity

Friday, April 18th, 2014
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California is known as the world leader in lots of things -- pop culture, technology and wacky lifestyles. Now the Santa Ana City Council is helping the Golden State be seen as the world leader in Maniacally Stupid, Excessive Taxation. This is from the Voice of OC: "The Santa Ana City Council Tues...

L.A. County ground zero for invasive state surveillance

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
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"Enemy of the State," the 1998 movie about government using technology to track everyone, feels less like sci-fi all the time, especially if you live in Los Angeles County. This is from the scoop by the Center for Investigative Reporting: "COMPTON, Calif. – When sheriff’s deputies here noticed ...

This is an ‘expedited’ review? Nerve-wracking times on bullet-train front

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Nine weeks ago, the news seemed promising on the bullet-train follies front. Now the picture looks a bit murkier. On Jan. 24, Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris asked the California Supreme Court to conduct an expedited appeals process that considered the state's newly filed chal...

“Captain America” sequel: The first libertarian popcorn movie

Monday, April 14th, 2014
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The stars and heroes of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" may be government employees, but the messages of the movie amount to entry-level libertarian thinking -- messages with massive resonance for current policy and political debates. Among them: 1) Don't trust a state that gathers secrets ...

Why CalSTRS fix is impossible: It would force cut in teacher take-home pay

Friday, April 11th, 2014

The California State Teachers' Retirement System is terribly underfunded. The last official report put its shortfall at $74 billion. State officials say it needs an infusion of $4 billion more money a year for decades to come. This week, as reported by Cal Watchdog founding editor Steve Greenhut ...

No, San Jose not struggling to retain city workers — just police

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
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California leads way in emergence of thoughtcrime vigilantes

Saturday, April 5th, 2014
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California continues its emergence as the base for those who wish to enforce thoughtcrime penalties and launch group-hate campaigns against people with unacceptable political and social views. There have been glimpses of this mindset for years among the academic left and the progressives who routine...

Coverage of L.A. ‘pothole tax’ never mentions why budget is bare

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The city of Los Angeles' finances are in terrible shape. The city's economy is sluggish and revenue is stagnant. Meanwhile, retirement benefits for retired city workers -- especially police and firefighters -- eat up ever more of the budget. “As of June 30, 2013, the City’s two pension funds,...