Waste, Fraud and Abuse

Absurd Prop 2 provision shows extent of teacher unions’ clout

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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...

Legislature should have heeded Brit regulators on plastic bags

Monday, September 1st, 2014
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Dubious bills often get passed on the final night of the state legislative session, and 2014 was no exception: A measure to make California the first state in the nation to ban single-use plastic bags. SB270 passed despite fierce opposition from plastic bag manufacturers and after initially failing...

Farm workers protest CA labor bureaucrats

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Gerawan's oppressed workers are protesting today. For a year we have reported on the farm workers for Gerawan putting up with high-handedness, bureaucratic delay and abuse by state labor officials. The workers entered into a contract with the United Farm Workers 20 years ago. But the UFW faile...

iPad scandal latest in long line for L.A. Unified — but different

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
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The abrupt decision Monday by Los Angeles Unified Superintendent John Deasy to suspend the district's $1 billion iPad program after reports that he manipulated the decision that led to Apple winning the big contract is hugely juicy. The program already had been under fire because it used 30-year bor...

Fact-checking Tom Steyer on climate change

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

I continue to contend that "climate change" is a meaningless phrase because the climate obviously changes. But how? To what effect? It's like saying "baby change" about an infant. How? Is he well and growing? Is he ill? "Climate change" is useful for political activism because, unlike "global war...

Is Gov. Brown disinterested in pension reform?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Later today, the governing board of the California Public Employees' Retirement System is expected to pass rules giving state employees 99 ways to spike their "pensionable pay." Gov. Jerry Brown only objected to one of the 99 bonuses. This is the same governor who billed his 2012 pension reform l...