Posts Tagged ‘Jerry Brown’

CA unemployment drops to 7.3%

Monday, October 20th, 2014
Russian-Worker

Perhaps Gov. Jerry Brown's campaign slogan is right: "California is back." Unemployment dropped to 7.3 percent in September, down from 8.8 percent a year ago. Except the national rate is 5.9 percent. So California clearly is just following the national recovery, slight as it is -- albeit not ...

Nurse union exploits Ebola crisis in negotiations

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Seizing on the growing concern about the deadly West African virus, the California Nurses Association, one of the state's most powerful unions, has added several Ebola-related provisions to its list of demands in its ongoing dispute with Kaiser Permanente. The two sides have been at an impasse ...

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...

VIDEO: Gov. Brown’s High-Speed Boondoggle Chugs On

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
NEW: VIDEO: Gov. Brown’s High-Speed Boondoggle Chugs On

Why would Gov. Brown make high-speed rail a budget priority? The Heritage Foundation's Stephen Moore joins CalWatchdog's James Poulos to discuss better transportation options that would actually serve the needs of Californians. ...

ND oil could cut CA gas prices

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Finally, California could get relief from gas prices higher than the rest of the country. Although prices across America have fallen in recent months, our prices still are about 70 cents higher. For example, according to GasBuddy.com, the average price of a gallon of petrol today in St. Louis i...

Gov. Brown’s $23.6 million

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
NEW: Gov. Brown’s $23.6 millon

As Major Kong in "Dr. Strangelove" is about to begin "nuclear combat toe-to-toe with the Russkies" and start Armageddon, he opens a survival kit aboard his B-52 and says, "Shoot, a fella' could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff." The same thing with Gov. Jerry Brown's re-el...

Japan’s 50th bullet train anniversary: What it says about CA

Monday, October 6th, 2014
shin

Oct. 1 marked the 50th anniversary of the beginning of commercial operations for Japan's bullet train system. The Shinkansen is by far the most successful bullet train network in the world. The British press and just about no one else outside of Japan thinks this is a big deal. Of course it is a big...

Gov. Brown bans plastic bags

Sunday, October 5th, 2014
plastic bags, simanca, cagle, Oct. 5, 2014

Because Gov. Jerry Brown just signed SB270, in July 2016 plastic bags will be banned in stores in California. Paper bags will cost 10 cents. We've had a similar ban in Huntington Beach for a year and I look at it as yet another tax. At first, I remembered to keep and bring older paper bags. Afte...

Initiative reform — one bridge short

Saturday, October 4th, 2014
bridge too far

As someone who participated in the working group on initiative reform package that ended up as  SB1253 by state Sen. Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last week -- I can say the bill is, well, okay as far as it goes. But to invert a title used for a World War II bo...

Gov. Brown signs gun-control bills

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
Gun crazy

California's reputation as a state with a shockingly large number of regulations has been embellished by the 930 new bills it passed this year. Gov. Jerry Brown must suffer carpal tunnel syndrome from signing so many of the bills the past week, while vetoing a few. Two signed: AB1014 allows fami...