Inside Government

NEW: 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,...

For The Los Angeles Times, a highly revealing juxtaposition

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
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If you're a conservative or libertarian who's not just mad but astounded by how much the media protect Barack Obama, Wednesday's front page of The Los Angeles Times was likely to generate either a stroke or a snort of disbelief/amusement. But if you are someone who may not be ideological yet is open...

CA Latino lawmakers value careers over Latino students

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
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The recent dissent in California Democrat ranks -- in which Asian lawmakers balked at racializing UC admission policies in a way that would punish current smart Asian students for the history of white racism -- drew lots of deserved attention. But in the U-T San Diego, I made the case that anothe...

Covered California continues to benefit from cheerleading media

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Monday's "deadline" for signing up for the Affordable Care Act triggered bad headlines for the federal health exchanges, which had an encore of last fall's computer nightmares. But in California, Covered California enjoyed the usual upbeat happy talk in its media coverage. The San Francisco Chron...