CA Dem vs. CA Dem on taxes

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

One-party systems are inherently unstable. People inevitably choose sides. And budget realities always limit what government can do, bringing conflict. So it's not surprising Democrats in California, who dominate the minority Republicans despite some GOP gains last November, are fighting among th...

UC president appears to cave in fight with Gov. Brown

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Three months ago, University of California President Janet Napolitano triggered a fight with Gov. Jerry Brown and leaders of the Legislature when she persuaded the UC regents to commit to a five-year plan in which tuition was raised by 5 percent every year -- unless the state government provided mor...

San Diego mayor leery of subsidizing stadium, sees political risk

Friday, January 16th, 2015

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's call for another task force to consider how to build the Chargers a new stadium and keep the NFL team from fleeing to a newly plausible Los Angeles stadium prompted an are-you-kidding-me reaction from the team, which has sought a new stadium for a dozen years. Fa...

Some crucial context on Brown’s new energy policy and AB 32

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown's decision to seek to extend the state of California's push against global warming to 2030 with a further embrace of costlier-but-cleaner energy got a positive response from many environmental groups and journalists. The idea that California would commit itself to getting half its e...

Message for CA: France dumps 75% income tax

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Back two years ago when France jacked up its top income tax rate to 75 Percent, it was compared to California's almost 52 percent rate (combined federal and state). The pro-tax New York Times said high-taxes didn't drive away the wealthy. Except famed French actor Gerard Depardieu decamped for Russ...

New category of CA employees tries to sandbag pension fixes

Monday, January 5th, 2015

When elected officials participate even very indirectly in a process that improves their compensation, the public goes wild. It's powerful attack-ad fodder for candidates seeking to unseat such politicians. But when powerful bureaucrats engage in such in a maneuver -- even in much more direct fas...

Humorous new attack on Prop. 13

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Lenny Bruce was funnier But Lenny Goldberg is pretty funny, too. Because he's wasted 40 years attacking Proposition 13, the landmark 1978 property-tax limitation initiative. The Times just ran a puff piece on him. There's no hint that, in a state with an incredibly incompetent and wasteful go...

CA public schools can’t charge students for parking

Sunday, December 28th, 2014
school parking

San Diego tech entrepreneur Michael Robertson is also a libertarian civic activist challenging government nuttiness and illegality. In a public Google Docs file, he explained how to fight a petty abuse of power used in some school districts to free up more funds for teacher compensation. Here's are ...

Teacher pay raises gobble up Prop 30, LCFF funds

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

In 2012, California voters approved Proposition 30, which temporarily raised sales taxes on everyone and income taxes on the wealthy. The measure was sold with the promise it would directly help public education. It was "for the kids." In 2013, the California Legislature approved a dramatic chang...

Low taxes bring CA high tech to Luxembourg

Sunday, December 14th, 2014
Luxembourg map

Luxembourg is a small, low-tax duchy that's attracting European centers for high-tech firms from California and elsewhere.  FT reported: In short order Apple’s iTunes division set up its European home in Luxembourg and was then joined by Microsoft, Cisco and eBay, a veritable tech surge.... Hig...