LAO report: Dozens of school districts not honoring intent of state law

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

The state Legislative Analyst's Office released a report last week on how 50 California school districts were dealing with the requirements of the 2013 Local Control Funding Formula law. That's Gov. Jerry Brown's ballyhooed reform measure that is meant to devote more school resources to helping indi...

Surf City to repeal bag ban

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

It doesn't happen often, but sometimes governments actually repeal bad laws. That is happening in Huntington Beach, where, reported the Orange County Register: the council took the first step to repeal the ban on single-use plastic bags, saying there’s no evidence that it helps the environment...

9th Circuit throws out San Jose suit against MLB

Sunday, January 18th, 2015
Oakland Athletics

San Jose has been trying to snatch the A's from Oakland. But Major League Baseball has said, "You're out!" MLB also depends on a 100-year-old antitrust exemption that lets it control its teams more than is allowed in pro football, basketball and hockey. The Chronicle reported: A federal appeals ...

Internet taxes could slam California

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
phone booth

California benefits from the Internet currently being largely tax-free. Generally, the only taxes are for signing up for a local Internet service provider. It's a flat fee no matter if you hog the Internet by watching continuous Netflix videos, or more profitably use your time reading everything on ...

Will ferrets finally be free?

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

"Ah, nice marmot," the Dude says in "The Big Lebowski" just before the nihilists dump it into the tub while he's taking a bath. Actually, it's probably really a ferret. And as Walter says later on, it's not legal. To which the Dude replies, "What are you, a ... park ranger now?" Ferrets ...

Report may force CA media to admit Obama backs fracking safety

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

As Cal Watchdog has repeatedly noted over the past two years, the California print media -- with the exception of the U-T San Diego editorial page (my edits) and a San Francisco Chronicle reporter -- never note the Obama administration's support of fracking in its coverage of the energy-extraction t...

Mary Nichols the ‘rock star’ bureaucrat

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
NEW: Mary Nichols the ‘rock star’ bureaucrat

America is supposed to be a democracy ruled by "We, the people." Actually it's rule by bureaucracy. The vast bureaus of federal, state and local governments run our lives, and there's not much that can be done about it until the whole shebang goes bankrupt. Presidents, governors and mayors can...

CA gas tax jumps 10 cents in Jan.

Monday, December 29th, 2014
No global warming 18 years

New year. New tax on gas. It's AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 finally gouging drivers at the pump. Although industry spokesmen have said the new gas tax could be as much as 70 cents a gallon, it looks like it could be around an FDR dime. According to the Mercury-News: A U...

CARB draws sharp fire on AB 32 — from the left

Monday, December 29th, 2014

David Roberts -- a journalist who has an easy command of energy issues that makes his NRDC-style environmentalism easier to take -- has written a sharp piece about AB 32. Roberts details what he calls an "avoidable mess" in the implementation of the law by the California Air Resources Boa...

Will NY fracking ban trigger ‘domino effect’ that reaches CA?

Friday, December 26th, 2014

California environmentalists and government regulators have long prided themselves in pioneering new rules and restrictions. But now it appears a liberal East Coast state has taken the lead in dealing with one of the day's most controversial environmental issues. This is from