Regulations

NEW: PRI-Forum for Corporate Directors discussion Oct. 23

Monday, October 20th, 2014
PRI Corporate Directors meeting, Oct. 23, 2014

The Pacific Research Institute, CalWatchdog.com's parent think tank, is partnering with the Forum for Corporate Directors in a breakfast panel discussion Thursday, Oct. 23 from 7-9 a.m. Location: The Westin South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92626. According to the flyer (see b...

LAUSD does not compute

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

What's it with governments and computers? The latest cyber-snafu strikes the LAUSD, reported the Times: "the Los Angeles Unified School District's student information system, which has cost more than $130 million, has become a technological disaster. The system made its debut this semester and prom...

Anti-fracking fervor builds in CA even as it lifts U.S. economy, stature

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Anti-fracking sentiment in California continues to build, and we're likely to see a spate of local moratoriums aimed at blocking the oil-drilling process in many cities and counties. This is happening even in places not normally associated with petroleum production, as this Orange County Register st...

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...

Gov. Brown bans plastic bags

Sunday, October 5th, 2014
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Because Gov. Jerry Brown just signed SB270, in July 2016 plastic bags will be banned in stores in California. Paper bags will cost 10 cents. We've had a similar ban in Huntington Beach for a year and I look at it as yet another tax. At first, I remembered to keep and bring older paper bags. Afte...

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...

Texas Latinos out-achieve CA Latinos in broad array of categories

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
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Heritage Foundation senior editor Mike Gonzalez has a new book out this month, "A Race for the Future: How Conservatives Can Break the Liberal Monopoly on Hispanic Americans." Gonzalez, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, takes a deeper look at how Hispanics have done in Texas vs. how they've don...

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 ...

CA, Tesla and the slippery slope to crony capitalism

Monday, September 8th, 2014
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The decision of Tesla to locate its "gigafactory" in the Reno area instead of California offers critics of the state's business climate a chance to once again knock Gov. Jerry Brown and other state leaders for failing to care about the private sector. I am sympathetic to this critique. Tesla has eme...

L.A. restaurants make plain there’s no such thing as a free lunch

Thursday, September 4th, 2014
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Is it a passive-aggressive way for independent businesses to let customers know about the cost of government regulation? Or just a trick that allows those businesses to charge more than they normally would without prompting grousing from their customers? Whatever the truth is, L.A. Weekly note...