Rights and Liberties

NEW: Part of bullet-train legal mystery may be answered

Friday, October 31st, 2014

For close followers of the bullet-train saga, one of the most basic mysteries of recent years has been what happened after Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny's tentative ruling in August 2013 that blocked the state from starting construction on the first segment of the project. Kenny f...

CA hugely benefits from fracking boom that drives enviros nuts

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
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Having seen a gallon of gas drop to $3.09 at a Valero or two -- after a summer in which gas prices fell instead of their usual habit of increasing in July and August -- I think it's beyond obvious to note that Californians are huge beneficiaries of the shale/fracking boom driving U.S. oil production...

Hydropower AB 32 scam as bad as one L.A. Times detailed

Monday, October 27th, 2014
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The Los Angeles Times had a good analysis over the weekend of how AB 32 is being gamed in ways that make suspect its claims to be cleaning up the environment. California's pioneering climate-change law has a long reach, but that doesn't mean all its mandates will help stave off global warming. To ...

Are benefits of Prop 1 being oversold?

Saturday, October 25th, 2014
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Proposition 1 -- a $7.1 billion state bond to pay for a variety of water projects -- was billed as a huge improvement over bloated past proposed water bonds when it emerged from the Legislature this summer. Now Gov. Jerry Brown's political warchest and Sean Parker of Facebook and Napster fame are fu...

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...

Fiasco at all-minority L.A. high school validates Vergara argument

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
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The immense fiasco at 100 percent minority Jefferson High School in Los Angeles underscores the findings of Judge Rolf Treu in the Vergara case that minority students are treated awfully in the L.A. Unified School District. This is from the latest coverage this week by the Los Angeles Times: The...

Dems make Peters-DeMaio race a referendum on Tea Party

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
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The nationally watched race for a swing seat between Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, and former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio is currently in a roiled state because of lewd allegations made against DeMaio by a former staffer whom DeMaio says is suspected in the burglary of his campaign headquarte...

Noted liberal pundit: CA ‘affirmative consent’ law a ‘radical experiment’

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
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The problem of sexual violence and abuse on college campuses is a huge one. But California's new “affirmative consent law,” which requires college students having sex to obtain “affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement ... throughout a sexual activity,” is certain to be hugely pro...

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...

Apple and Google snub FBI snoops

Monday, September 29th, 2014

In good news for Californians, Silicon Valley companies are getting some backbone in rebuffing government snooping. The Washington Post reports: FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google on Thursday for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement ...