Steven Greenhut

Homeless bill hurts more than helps

Monday, May 6th, 2013

May 6, 2013 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO -- The Homeless Bill of Rights, the name applied to a bill that recently soared through the California Assembly's Judiciary Committee on a 7-2 vote, is the latest in a long line of legislation that has grabbed national attention for its sheer outlandishnes...

Perks pose risk to all of us

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

April 22, 2013 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO -- The horrific Boston bombings have led to irrational calls for more security cameras and more police officers, with some Democrats absurdly using this tragedy to argue for halting the slight sequester-mandated cuts in federal spending growth. Never m...

Water plan threatens taxpayers, environment

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

April 14, 2013 By Steven Greenhut In Dostoevsky’s “The Brothers Karamazov,” a priest recalls the words of a man who confessed: “The more I love mankind in general, the less I love people in particular.” We can all think of people like that --- folks of varied political persuasions who ra...

Has California been saved?

Monday, April 8th, 2013

April 8, 2013 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO -- Ever since California’s voters approved the Prop. 30 sales- and income-tax increase on the November ballot, liberal commentators have been gloating about the resurgence of the Golden State after many years of predicted doom and gloom. Their evidence...

Pensions at heart of bankruptcy

Monday, April 1st, 2013

April 1, 2013 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO -- Few nonlocal people typically pay much attention to the goings-on in Stockton, a hard-pressed Gold Rush-era industrial city of about 300,000 that sits in the agriculturally rich San Joaquin Valley, at the eastern edge of the California Delta. But bond...

CA GOP needs ideas, not just money

Monday, March 11th, 2013

March 11, 2013 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO -- Most of the activists, insiders and lobbyists I talked to during this month's California Republican Party convention in Sacramento expressed optimism about their party despite blistering election losses and persistently falling voter registration lev...

Immigration debate over in CA

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

March 4, 2013 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO -- As the cliché goes, elections have consequences. And the Nov. 6 election results have had dramatic consequences in California. The debate over immigration -- legal and otherwise, but, especially, otherwise -- is over. Even some Republicans are joini...

S. Court splits on defending civil liberties

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Feb. 24, 2013 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO -- The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decisions regarding police powers were mixed, thus offering a reminder to civil libertarians that they cannot depend upon the high court to protect the public from unwarranted government intrusions. "The U.S. Supreme C...

Dorner manhunt raises policing issues

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Feb. 17, 2013 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO -- Police typically say that their paramount mission is to protect public safety. But the recently concluded manhunt for former Los Angeles Police Department officer Christopher Dorner, accused of murdering four people after releasing a manifesto decryin...

Democrats now see downside of CEQA

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Feb. 11, 2013 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO -- Although many of California's legislative Democrats are eager to "test drive" the new two-thirds majorities their caucuses hold in the Assembly and Senate -- i.e., pushing the limits of their power to advance their progressive agenda -- others are foc...