Regulations

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...

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...

Need to create middle-class CA jobs matters more than minimum wage

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
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Economic conservatives seem wary over the attempts by Democrats at just about every level of government to focus on the minimum wage. But should they be? It provides an easy way to broaden the debate from how the poor are faring to how those in the middle class are doing. In California, it provides ...

Fracking showdown: Will CA media STILL ignore Obama view?

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

The prospect of rich Dem dilettante Tom Steyer targeting Jerry Brown over fracking is scary in some ways. It could well lead to fracking never coming to California and bringing the jobs and wealth it has to North Dakota, Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania. But it could also improve the public debate on...

D.C. can’t even provide itself with clean water

Friday, March 7th, 2014
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Washington, D.C. rules California, America -- the world. Yet this from the Washington Post: "Residents and business owners in parts of upper Northwest Washington are being advised to continue boiling their water through Friday after a pumping station lost power, leaving hundreds in the area with...

Contra Costa case a template for Prop. 26 abuse

Thursday, March 6th, 2014
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In recent California history, small-government advocates have no more significant victory than the triumph of Proposition 26 in 2010. Here's an explanation of its main thrust from an analysis by the League of California Cities: "Prop. 26 is divided into two parts. One part addresses state fees and ...

Revolt against ‘dog food’ school lunches went far beyond LAUSD

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
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As I have pointed out repeatedly as a blogger and journo, Nanny Staters are bafflingly confident that people like being bullied into living their lives in a way that Nanny Staters approve. That’s why one of my favorite stories in many years was this December 2011 L.A. Times account of the stude...

Global cooling update

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
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How's that global warming/climate change working out? California still must implement AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. It was signed into law way back eight years ago by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who's long gone from office to few people's regret. Yet his bill keeps slamming Califo...

Incoming Assembly speaker seeks vast new power for Coastal Commission

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
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If you had to come up with one state agency that has done the most damage to California's economy with its regulatory sweep and overreach, you'll never come close to topping the state Air Resources Board. But it you wanted to pick the one state agency that most consistently advocates a radical vi...