Rights and Liberties

2014’s low turnout eases path for 2016 tenure, pension ballot measures

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
ballot-measure

Rick Claussen, Ned Wigglesworth, and Aaron McLear of the Redwood Pacific consulting group have released an interesting memo that is good news for those considering taking on public employee unions in 2016 with ballot measures putting limits on government pensions or scrapping state laws allowing tea...

Will MWD try — again — to sabotage client seeking new water supplies?

Monday, November 17th, 2014
chinatown

I've been a journalist in Socal since 1990, and I've never seen a story about government behavior as strange as the ones about the giant Metropolitan Water District of Southern California trying to sabotage its biggest client's efforts to broaden its water supply and reduce its reliance on the MWD -...

9th Circuit protects conceal-carry gun rights

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

What's it with California politicians and their obsession with grabbing our guns? They are guarded by heavily armed state troopers, but want to deny the rest of us the right to defend ourselves against criminals. Across most of the rest of America, even the most liberal Democrats have thrown in t...

Something good in CA: Fewer car inspections

Saturday, November 15th, 2014
Pontiac GTO 1966, wikimedia

Depending how old your car is, in California every couple of years you have to take it to get "smogged" before your license is renewed. It costs from $25 to $50. As government bureaucracies go in California, it's relatively low on the onerous scale. That's something good about our state. Because ...

Will severe school lunch policies eventually cost Dems? Maybe

Thursday, November 13th, 2014
lunch

The news this week that UC San Francisco had "unveiled a repository of sugar science, designed to collect the evidence against sweetened foods and disseminate that information to the public — and persuade people to boot fructose and most other refined sugars out of their diets to protect their hea...

Teachers win Torlakson battle, but does Brown want them to win war?

Friday, November 7th, 2014

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's defeat of reformer and fellow Democrat Marshall Tuck on Tuesday prompted analysis pieces that outlined how California's union-dominated education establishment had rang up another win. While Tuesday night was grim for liberals, embattled t...

Mercury-News report on mass CA poverty may change coverage

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
ca.poverty

The pack mentality of the Sacramento beat reporters is striking. No one wants to point out that the Obama administration says fracking is safe. No one wants to point out that the Local Control Funding Formula turned out to be a barely disguised UTLA ploy to get more money for L.A. Unified so it coul...

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
Gas+Prices

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
green.fraud

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 ...