Rights and Liberties

Behind push against truancy/absenteeism: unions’ money hunt

Monday, August 4th, 2014

What is by far the single most important factor in how California government functions? I stand by my theory that I wrote up last year for Cal Watchdog: Like Neo figuring out how life was coded to work in “The Matrix,” everything about California politics is much easier to understand once you r...

Associated Press blows coverage of bullet-train ruling

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Led by the Associated Press, the mainstream media coverage of the state appellate court ruling overturning two anti-bullet train trial court rulings is somewhat peculiar in that it depicts the ruling as monumental. Read the 49-page decision, and it seems procedural. I wrote about this for the U-T...

McClintock: Border mess shows government can’t be trusted

Thursday, July 24th, 2014
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The current influx of illegal immigrants along the Texas border has ramped up the immigration debate and sharply increased media coverage of the issue. But that coverage has mostly been on human interest angles relating to the kids coming from Central America and on the protests in Murrieta. I do...

Port of San Diego turns permit process into profit center

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

The Port of San Diego is breaking crazy new ground. The agency -- which has 500-plus employees and a $97 million annual budget to oversee maritime cargo and cruise ship facilities in a coastal area covering San Diego and four smaller cities -- has turned the permitting process into a way to pad ...

Parallels between Australia, Assembly AB 32 revolt are obvious

Friday, July 18th, 2014

One of the most universal findings in the social sciences has been the uniform way that humans at all stages of history have been for something that they think reflects well on them until they perceive that it costs them a dime. This axiom is playing out right now in Australia, where the governme...

Board chair’s upbeat take on bullet train at sharp odds with MSM

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
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When James Fallows of The Atlantic came out last week in strong support of the California high-speed rail project, I responded with an unnecessarily snarky piece -- sorry, James -- headlined "7 ways James Fallows is wrong about the CA bullet train." In it, I said the author was judging the project ...

CA law promoting school choice, competition barely used

Monday, July 14th, 2014
CA law promoting school choice, competition barely used

Advocates of education choice in California have been fighting the good fight for decades. They've gotten nowhere with school vouchers but have a strong record with charters -- albeit a record that requires a constant struggle to defend against the hostility of teacher unions. The U.S. Education ...

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 ...