Waste, Fraud and Abuse

Ruling that CA high court upheld hardly favorable to bullet train

Friday, October 17th, 2014

I talked to a couple of insider types Thursday who asked me to explain my take on Wednesday's California Supreme Court announcement on the bullet train. After all that's gone down, they couldn't believe that the justices would clear the way for the state to begin selling bonds for the $68 billion bo...

Big-bucks party inaugurates de Leon

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
Animal house

Government in America increasingly resembles the 1978 comedy, "Animal House." In this instance, it's the scene where the Delta frat rats are thrown out of the school and respond with -- Road trip! California's poverty rate is the highest of any state. Its schools continue to rank among the worst...

CA Supreme Court ‘all aboard’ for high-speed rail

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

All aboooooard! In what probably is the last train stop of opposition to California's high-speed rail project, today the California Supreme Court refused to hear a case that could have stopped it. The case, by Kings County and two local landowners whose property would be bulldozed for the projec...

AB 32 revenue: Some for bullet train, some for pork, none for poor

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Before and after AB 32's passage in 2006, a whole lot of promises and guarantees were made. Some are remembered. Many aren't. One of those was the pledge to use a portion of cap-and-trade funds to directly help poor people make ends meet, since the increase in energy costs resulting from the law ...

Gov. Brown backs Cap and Trade at U.N.

Friday, September 26th, 2014

In his speech to the United Nations' "climate change" shindig this week, Gov. Jerry Brown boasted of California's record on Cap and Trade for carbon credits. He said: California has adopted a cap-and-trade system under the former governor, Governor Schwarzenegger. Passed what was called Assembly Bi...

Absurd Prop 2 provision shows extent of teacher unions’ clout

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
cta.in.charge

If you want an example of just how powerful the teachers unions are in Sacramento, consider Proposition 2. The measure was placed on the November ballot by the Legislature at the urging of Gov. Jerry Brown, who depicts it with about 70 percent persuasiveness as establishing the sort of rainy-day fun...

Wall Street Journal too nervous about bullet-train ruling

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal's editorial page continued its excellent coverage of California issues with an editorial (behind pay wall) about the July 31st appellate court ruling that overturned a trial court ruling essentially blocking concrete steps toward the construction of the stat...

Super PAC $ floods Peters vs. DeMaio congressional race

Friday, September 12th, 2014
Congressman.Scott_.Peters

San Diego residents can't watch a major sporting event without seeing repeated ads paid for by national super PACs trashing congressman Scott Peters, a moderate Democrat, or his Republican opponent, former City Councilman Carl DeMaio, an outspoken libertarian. The flood began in August and seems lik...

Arnold returns for ‘climate change’ confab

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
Global warming, not

While restarting his acting career and going through numerous personal crises, Arnold Schwarzenegger has avoided reminding people he was the governor for seven disastrous years. He returned to Sacramento this week to sponsor a confab on what he once called "global warming," as in his AB32, the Glob...

CSU fee addiction shows value of Props 13, 26, 62, 218

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
student.fees

The newsrooms of California appear to have collectively decided that the state props that make raising taxes and fees more difficult for elected officials -- starting with 13, 26, 62 and 218 --- are irrational. This is regularly reflected in the coverage of Prop 13 that depicts it as a symbol of Go...