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Chris Reed

Chris Reed is a regular contributor to Cal Watchdog. Reed is an editorial writer for U-T San Diego. Before joining the U-T in July 2005, he was the opinion-page columns editor and wrote the featured weekly Unspin column for The Orange County Register. Reed was on the national board of the Association of Opinion Page Editors from 2003-2005. From 2000 to 2005, Reed made more than 100 appearances as a featured news analyst on Los Angeles-area National Public Radio affiliate KPCC-FM. From 1990 to 1998, Reed was an editor, metro columnist and film critic at the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin in Ontario. Reed has a political science degree from the University of Hawaii (Hilo campus), where he edited the student newspaper, the Vulcan News, his senior year. He is on Twitter: @chrisreed99.

Friday hearing: Will judge ‘have the [guts]’ to shut down bullet train?

On Aug. 16, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny handed down a landmark ruling against the $68 billion California bullet-train project. Kenny held that the state High-Speed Rail Authority’s plan to begin construction in the Central Valley in coming months

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If CA is poster child for Obamacare rollout, watch out

Thanks to incessantly upbeat and frequently dishonest press releases from Covered California, the Golden State is often depicted as the poster child for the rollout of Obamacare. Don’t tell that to Edie Littlefield Sundby, a San Diego woman with a

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Good news, bad news for chameleon San Diego politician Nathan Fletcher

A new poll released Sunday has both good news and bad news for San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher, the 21st-century Sammy Glick who went from union-scorning Republican to above-it-all noble independent to union-embracing Democrat from March 2012 to May 2013.

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Awful failure of CA inspectors points to public-private competence gap

A nightmarish story out of the Bay Area offers fresh evidence of the enormous gap in competence between the private and public sectors. This is from the San Francisco Chronicle: “The owner of the Castro Valley care home where residents

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UC president’s first speech shows doubts about her were warranted

In July, when the University of California Board of Regents announced the selection of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as the new UC system president, regents could not have been more pleased with themselves. They wanted a high-profile president and

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Nathan Fletcher channels Nixon press secretary in disowning his own bogus claim

If you’re a candidate whose authenticity is open to question because of extreme, always self-serving shifts in your views, you really, really, really don’t want to be caught in an, er, obvious fib. So one would think that union-bashing Republican

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Fracking: California should learn from Britain’s change of course

When it comes to green propaganda about hydraulic fracturing, it’s been a dead heat between New York state and Western Europe as to where the alarmists had the most clout. Mostly because of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s dithering and pandering,  nothing

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In reform showdown, who does Obama administration target? Disabled CA students

During the budget theater of recent months, the Obama administration’s ruthless determination to make cuts hurt the public was on display over and over again. Cancel a beloved air show that actually makes money? Sure. Deny death benefits to famiiles

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Lawsuit could bring ‘social justice’ to adult-first K-12 school districts

The left in California has been slow to understand that having a state government devoted to the interests of the adult employees in public education instead of to students should be a social justice issue, given that most struggling students

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State bullet-train contracts appear to violate federal grant conditions

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny’s Aug. 16 ruling concluded that the California High-Speed Rail Authority would break state law if it proceeded with construction of a small first portion of the state’s bullet-train project without having full funding in

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