Regulations

NEW: San Francisco rebuked for ‘fundamental’ abuse of property rights

Friday, October 24th, 2014
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In an era in which eminent domain is routinely used to reward the wealthy and politically connected -- to the detriment of  poor and middle-class property owners -- it's easy to forget that property rights as conceived of in the U.S. Constitution are every bit as essential as free speech and the ri...

Has CA ranch found cheap route to carbon containment? Maybe

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
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If a recent San Francisco Chronicle story is right, the problem posed by carbon and other greenhouse gases accumulating in the atmosphere -- which most scientists think will play havoc with the climate -- might just have a cheap, low-tech solution. A compost experiment that began seven years ago on...

Federal official calls for regulating CA medical marijuana

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
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For once, the Feds have a point. Outgoing Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole has helped alter President Obama's prohibitionist attitude on state marijuana laws toward one accommodating the differences among the 50 states. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, he said, “If you don’t ...

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...