Rights and Liberties

Backdrop to CalPERS’ many debacles: Agency thinks it’s great

Sunday, July 13th, 2014
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The giant California Public Employees' Retirement System, as one might suspect from its massive and self-important Sacramento headquarters, thinks it is the bomb -- a flawless organization that should inspire awe in onlookers. Yes, of course, the phenomenon of government agency leaders and their ...

7 ways James Fallows is wrong about the CA bullet train

Friday, July 11th, 2014
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Writing on The Atlantic's website, the much-respected journalist/intellectual James Fallows -- a Redlands native who knows California better than nearly all other national pundits -- has come out as a big fan of the state's bullet-train project. He promises to return frequently to the project in com...

State workers get pay raise

Saturday, July 5th, 2014
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How's your pay raise going in the private sector? Woops! Didn't get one? Well, you should have joined the public sector and lived off those who actually produce something. July 1 saw a pay raise for state employees. And of course, that's in addition to the massive perks and pensions they also ...

High court ruling a blow to California SEIU

Monday, June 30th, 2014

In a fresh demonstration that the Roberts court is incrementalist and not the wild-eyed bunch that some on the left assert, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 in favor of an appeal that argued that in-home care workers in Illinois should not be compelled to pay union dues. As Politico reported Sunday,...

CA left’s absurd new dogma: Regulations have no downside

Sunday, June 29th, 2014
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Businesses like to make money. Smart business owners are happy to change their ways in search of how to increase or maximize profits. The hostility to change that one sees in a bureaucracy with no vested interest in making things work better or more efficiently doesn't exist in a well-run private se...

De Leon hammers away at key idiocy of CA bullet-train plan

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Over the years, in conversations with friends unfamiliar with California politics and with people I've met while traveling or at events or doing talk radio, I'm often asked about the state's bullet-train project. When folks hear that the cost is much higher than initially predicted, they're not s...

This won’t end well: Coastal Commission gets more power

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Budget trailer bills continue to be a great vehicle for legslative mischief in Sacramento. Here we go again, reports the Merc-News: "The California Coastal Commission can now fine property owners who illegally block public access to beaches, putting new teeth into a 38-year-old environmental law, u...

Green hypocrisy: ‘The problem is it’s going to be visible’

Saturday, June 21st, 2014
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For years, the hypocrisy of environmentalists has been on display with the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound, near Cape Cod, Mass. The project has finally begun construction but only after a 13-year campaign by rich liberals to block the alternative energy plant because wind turbines would mes...

Dem strategist (albeit a paid one) rips Nanny State push

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
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A classic Nanny State bill failed in committee Tuesday within hours after a leading Democratic strategist warned California lawmakers that they shouldn't count on flattering headlines if it kept advancing. Details on the bill's demise from the LAT: "A proposal to affix health warning labels to s...

UTLA boss goes Orwell: Teachers=students

Friday, June 13th, 2014
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Tuesday's historic Vergara vs. California ruling was likened to Brown vs. Board of Education by none other than Rolf Treu, the judge who issued the decision. But has anyone noticed how quiet Latino Democrats are about the ruling, outside of Antonio Villaraigosa and Gloria Romero? I asked Assemblywom...