Inside Government

NEW: Drought mostly over, govt. water takeover isn’t

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

It looks like the drought is receding, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported on Thursday: In summary, a wet December (to date) has provided California a foothold for drought recovery, but 3 straight winters of subnormal precipitation will take time (possibly several consecutive wet winters) to fully re...

Teacher pay raises gobble up Prop 30, LCFF funds

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

In 2012, California voters approved Proposition 30, which temporarily raised sales taxes on everyone and income taxes on the wealthy. The measure was sold with the promise it would directly help public education. It was "for the kids." In 2013, the California Legislature approved a dramatic chang...

Budget fight shows unlikelihood of fed $ for bullet train

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
bullet.train.curve

Congress' most intense squabbles over the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending plan that passed Saturday weren't over the budget details. They were over plans to add provisions in the measure to modify existing laws, most notably language that would weaken some protections against a fresh round of Wall St...

Has quirky San Diego Democrat put hold on city’s “Los Angelization”?

Friday, December 12th, 2014
sherri.lightner

Democrats have long had a big voter registration advantage in San Diego -- a consistent 70,000-plus edge. Yet until November 2012, this never translated into liberal local governance akin to the aggressive progressivism of other large West Coast cities like San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. To po...

Beyond MSM, Feinstein report knocked by left and right

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

The release of the report by the Senate intelligence committee's majority Democrats that annihilates the CIA for using torture for years even when the agency allegedly knew that it didn't work has been treated by the mainstream media as a career achievement for California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who ...

Meet the Mother Jones staffer who thinks the bullet train is nuts

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
mother.jones.cover

There are bullet-train apostates among California Democrats, starting with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, and bullet-train fans among state GOPers, starting with Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin. But by and large, the bullet-train debate in the Golden State is a partisan affair. This doesn't make much sens...

If CA can’t build bridge, what about bullet train through mountains?

Monday, December 8th, 2014

If the state of California can't build a bridge, how can it handle the huge technological and engineering challenge of building a bullet train through two mountain ranges laced with seismic faults? Such questions are inevitable after the latest Sacramento Bee report questioning progress on the s...

San Jose police union stalls officer cameras, cites ‘privacy’

Sunday, December 7th, 2014
CA_-_San_Jose_Police

Basic concepts of police professionalism were more or less born in Northern California, courtesy of a reform-minded police chief, as a history of law enforcement notes: August Vollmer, police chief in Berkeley, California, from 1905 to 1932, advocated the hiring of college graduates and offered t...

57% of CA infrastructure $ on mass transit? More, more, more!

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
sb375

In 2008, California enacted SB 375, the most important state law you never heard about. It was Senate leader Darrell Steinberg's bid for the sort of green reverence that Arnold Schwarzenegger enjoyed because of 2006's AB 32. SB 375 (Chapter 728, Statutes of 2008) directs the California Air Resource...

State estimates on cost of new lighting rules far too low

Sunday, November 30th, 2014
CA_Energy_Commission

It looks like California business interests have yet another example of state bureaucrats downplaying or ignoring the cost of new regulations. The Voice of San Diego has a story that seems likely to end up producing headlines around the state. New retrofit mandates meant to lower energy use and e...