Inside Government

NEW: Bullet-train officials praise judge they called a threat to CA

Monday, July 28th, 2014

The California High-Speed Rail Authority got some good news from the courts last week. The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento upheld a lower court ruling rejecting legal challenges to the routing of the bullet train in the Gilroy-Las Banos area, specifically the Pacheco Pass. That ruling won...

Chiro settlement a reminder of board crony problem

Saturday, July 26th, 2014
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This week, we got a fresh reminder of the problems created by the practice of allowing governors to appoint cronies and campaign contributors to cushy, well-paying jobs on the oversight boards of many state agencies. This is from the Sac Bee: Four years after a Sacramento jury found a Board of Chir...

McClintock: Border mess shows government can’t be trusted

Thursday, July 24th, 2014
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The current influx of illegal immigrants along the Texas border has ramped up the immigration debate and sharply increased media coverage of the issue. But that coverage has mostly been on human interest angles relating to the kids coming from Central America and on the protests in Murrieta. I do...

State peddles idea that bullet train contractors are investors

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
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On Jan. 11, 2010, the Legislative Analyst's Office issued a report on the latest iteration of the business plan for the California High-Speed Rail Authority. It contained a game-changing conclusion -- a predictable conclusion but still a crucial one. Here's what I wrote in a Union-Tribune editorial ...

In Silicon Valley, liberal pols look to drive up cost of housing

Monday, July 21st, 2014
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The emergence of Silicon Valley as one of the wealthiest places in the world has led to plenty of media coverage that points out how it has become a poster child for income inequality. This is from a March Associated Press story: SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Silicon Valley is entering a fifth year of unfett...

Speed promises for bullet train? CA says ‘never mind’

Sunday, July 20th, 2014
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In 2008, California voters narrowly approved $9.95 billion in funds for a statewide high-speed rail network. When they voted for Proposition 1A, they didn't think there was much doubt about what they were getting -- a "safe, reliable, high-speed passenger train" was the mantra of Gov. Schwarzene...

Parallels between Australia, Assembly AB 32 revolt are obvious

Friday, July 18th, 2014

One of the most universal findings in the social sciences has been the uniform way that humans at all stages of history have been for something that they think reflects well on them until they perceive that it costs them a dime. This axiom is playing out right now in Australia, where the governme...

Dan Richard vs. CWD over bullet train, via James Fallows

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Wait, there's still more from the suddenly feverish debate over the bullet train. The head of California High-Speed Rail Authority takes on my July 11 CWD post knocking Jim Fallows for his support of the project point by point....

Fallows cites CWD critique of his bullet-train stand

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
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The Atlantic's James Fallows, to his credit, followed up on his post last week touting the California bullet train project with another post acknowledging the strong push-back he had received. His respectful, straightforward tone was far different than the norm in CA, where Jerry Brown blames "defea...

CA law promoting school choice, competition barely used

Monday, July 14th, 2014
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Advocates of education choice in California have been fighting the good fight for decades. They've gotten nowhere with school vouchers but have a strong record with charters -- albeit a record that requires a constant struggle to defend against the hostility of teacher unions. The U.S. Education ...