Waste, Fraud and Abuse

CA firefighter makes $508,893

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

The problem of absurdly high compensation for government workers in California never seems to get better. The latest from the Orange County Register's Watchdog: Several California firefighters managed to triple their base salaries by working tons of overtime last year, according to competing data o...

Dems bring back fundraising party

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

When the going gets tough -- the tough party. A series of scandals involving three California state senators forced the cancellation of the Pro Tem Golf fundraiser earlier this year. But it's hard to keep party animals down. The party is back for 2015. The Times reports: The event at Torrey Pine...

Budget fight shows unlikelihood of fed $ for bullet train

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Congress' most intense squabbles over the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending plan that passed Saturday weren't over the budget details. They were over plans to add provisions in the measure to modify existing laws, most notably language that would weaken some protections against a fresh round of Wall St...

Berkeley shuts down Thiel’s free speech

Thursday, December 11th, 2014
Berkeley free speech

As I detailed earlier, this month marks the 50th anniversary of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement. I noted that, today, free speech largely has been extinguished at the University of California, Berkeley and other American campuses. They're now just centers of P.C. indoctrination. Another exam...

Sen. de Leon defends kingly swearing-in ceremony

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
Kim Jong Un

Being king means never having to say you're sorry. That's sure the attitude of new California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles. He's still defending the lavish swearing-in ceremony, paid for with private funds (from those hoping to gain influence), held at the opulent Walt D...

Meet the Mother Jones staffer who thinks the bullet train is nuts

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

There are bullet-train apostates among California Democrats, starting with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, and bullet-train fans among state GOPers, starting with Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin. But by and large, the bullet-train debate in the Golden State is a partisan affair. This doesn't make much sens...

Are Democrats still relevant?

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Ronald Reagan became a lame duck after his 1984 election landslide. His Republican Party, thanks to the incompetent leadership of Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, even lost control of the U.S. Senate in 1986, leaving Democrats in charge of both houses of Congress. Incredibly, the GOP tax reform...

If CA can’t build bridge, what about bullet train through mountains?

Monday, December 8th, 2014

If the state of California can't build a bridge, how can it handle the huge technological and engineering challenge of building a bullet train through two mountain ranges laced with seismic faults? Such questions are inevitable after the latest Sacramento Bee report questioning progress on the s...

State estimates on cost of new lighting rules far too low

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

It looks like California business interests have yet another example of state bureaucrats downplaying or ignoring the cost of new regulations. The Voice of San Diego has a story that seems likely to end up producing headlines around the state. New retrofit mandates meant to lower energy use and e...

Why does CA unemployment remain so high?

Friday, November 28th, 2014
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Silicon Valley and other areas of coastal California are doing well -- assuming you can afford to live there. But the state economy as a whole remains stagnant, with unemployment stuck at 7.3 percent for October, the same as the previous month. That's the fourth worst of the states. And it's even...