Waste, Fraud and Abuse

NEW: This is an ‘expedited’ review? Nerve-wracking times on bullet-train front
Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Nine weeks ago, the news seemed promising on the bullet-train follies front. Now the picture looks a bit murkier. On Jan. 24, Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris asked the California Supreme Court to conduct an expedited appeals process that considered the state's newly filed chal...

CA media: GOP dysfunction bigger topic than mass poverty
Thursday, April 10th, 2014

The Los Angeles Times' news analysis about how recent controversies are likely to hurt California Republicans with two constituencies they are trying to woo -- Latinos and women -- isn't loaded or biased. It's likely true. Here's a bit of it: "On Monday, a GOP gubernatorial candidate's inflammatory...

No, San Jose not struggling to retain city workers — just police
Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
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IRS targeted ONLY conservatives, NO progressives
Monday, April 7th, 2014
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We've had some exchanges on our site over the IRS harassment of conservative groups. Some of our more liberal commentators have insisted that progressive groups, also, were targeted. It turns out that part is not true. Only conservative groups -- that is, opponents of President Obama, who runs th...

Coverage of L.A. ‘pothole tax’ never mentions why budget is bare
Friday, April 4th, 2014

The city of Los Angeles' finances are in terrible shape. The city's economy is sluggish and revenue is stagnant. Meanwhile, retirement benefits for retired city workers -- especially police and firefighters -- eat up ever more of the budget. “As of June 30, 2013, the City’s two pension funds,...

For The Los Angeles Times, a highly revealing juxtaposition
Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
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If you're a conservative or libertarian who's not just mad but astounded by how much the media protect Barack Obama, Wednesday's front page of The Los Angeles Times was likely to generate either a stroke or a snort of disbelief/amusement. But if you are someone who may not be ideological yet is open...

EPA used humans as guinea pigs
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
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Government excuses its immense cost and pervasive intrusions into our lives because it supposedly "saves" us from dangers and "helps" us with our lives. This just in from the Daily Caller: The Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting dangerous experiments on humans over the past few yea...

CA Latino lawmakers value careers over Latino students
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
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The recent dissent in California Democrat ranks -- in which Asian lawmakers balked at racializing UC admission policies in a way that would punish current smart Asian students for the history of white racism -- drew lots of deserved attention. But in the U-T San Diego, I made the case that anothe...

Covered California continues to benefit from cheerleading media
Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Monday's "deadline" for signing up for the Affordable Care Act triggered bad headlines for the federal health exchanges, which had an encore of last fall's computer nightmares. But in California, Covered California enjoyed the usual upbeat happy talk in its media coverage. The San Francisco Chron...

Pension follies: New Jersey adopts insane San Diego approach
Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
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California leads the way when it comes to government pension dysfunction. The first big city to be stricken by pension costs in the U.S. was San Diego, leading to the memorable 2004 New York Times' description of it as "Enron by the Sea." Since then, three cities in the Golden State have either e...