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Officials’ foolishness slams cities

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

July 23, 2012 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO -- First, Vallejo, in 2008. Next, Stockton, then Mammoth Lakes and, now, San Bernardino and soon, perhaps, Compton. As Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach told Bloomberg News, the bankruptcy dominoes are starting to fall. One California city after ano...

Tequila shots for an ‘honest budget’

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

June 18, 2012 By Katy Grimes As Legislative leaders worked so diligently to pass the sham budget last week, their motive was obvious—they wanted to be paid. Even when they miserably fail at the only aspect of the job they are actually responsible for, they think they should be remunerated. Wh...

CA shakedown headed for a breakdown

Monday, June 4th, 2012
CA shakedown headed for a breakdown

June 4, 2012 By Katy Grimes California legislators looked as if they were working hard last week, with hundreds of bills to debate and vote on. But it wasn’t difficult to see that much of it was for show. They seem to want everyone to think that what they do is challenging, and only they are qua...

Fuel stations for nonexistent cars

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

May 31, 2012 By Joseph Perkins If you build it, they will come. That was the cockeyed reasoning behind a state grant program to encourage construction of hydrogen fueling stations long before hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are actually motoring along the Golden State’s freeways and roads. The Cal...

The Prop. 25 bait and switch

Friday, April 27th, 2012

April 27, 2012 By Joseph Perkins For years, Sacramento’s tax-and-spend Democrats tried to figure out a way to persuade California voters to amend the state Constitution to require a simple -- rather than two-thirds -- majority of the Legislature to pass the state budget. In 2010, they finally h...

From Golden State to Gambling State

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

March 2, 2012 The tiny Manzanita Band of Mission Indians proposes to build a ginormous “casino facility” on a 61-acre parcel of land. The tribe’s tricked-out casino will boast 2,000 slot machines and 45 gaming tables. It also will have a 200-room hotel, a banquet/meeting hall, three guest re...

State Edu-Welfare Expansion Plans

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

FEB. 21, 2012 More than 50 percent of California college students do not pay for school at the state’s public colleges and universities. Unfortunately, the dropout rate is also about 50 percent. This is because, along with all of the free money for school, there are very dew academic requirement...

CA Credit Rating Nothing to Celebrate

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

JAN. 17, 2012 They were slapping high fives in the offices of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer this week. Why the celebration?  Because California no longer has the nation’s worst credit rating, according to Moody’s Investors Service. “The reason we’ve improved our standing,” said Tom Dress...

Redevelopment barons plot comeback

Monday, January 9th, 2012

JAN. 9, 2012 I'm still giddy after the California Supreme Court ruled last month that the state had every right to shut down those noxious enemies of property rights and fiscal responsibility -- redevelopment agencies. Better yet, the state's high court ruled that another law that allowed those age...

Gov.’s Groundhog Day In California

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

JAN. 7, 2011 It felt like "Groundhog Day" on Thursday during Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal press conference. I had a flashback to January 2011. Listening to him make the same claims about the budget that he made all year proved that Brown has only one trick in his bag. After attending all o...

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