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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.

LAUSD offers reminder of pervasiveness of government incompetence

As John Seiler noted, it was completely predictable that students in L.A. Unified would figure out how to get around restrictions on their taxpayer-provided iPads. But another point that needs to be made is the sheer stinking stupidity of a

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History suggests Fletcher in trouble in San Diego mayoral special election

The Tuesday night decision by members of San Diego’s Democratic Party central committee to endorse City Councilman David Alvarez over Republican assemblyman-turned-independent-turned-Democrat Nathan Fletcher appears to substantially improve the chances that the Nov. 19 mayoral special election to replace departed

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CA's richest company sees smartphone future more clearly than critics

I am not an Apple cultist. I like the Silicon Valley icon, California's richest company, a great deal and agree that Steve Jobs is a transcendent historical figure. But I gave up on my iPhone 4 when I saw that Google's

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LOL: Feds now tout 'higher-performing' rail, not bullet train

The federal government has long asserted that its provision of $3 billion-plus in 2009 “stimulus” funds to California for its bullet train is strictly governed by rules that will ensure the money is properly spent on viable high-speed rail projects

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San Diego mayoral race: Faulconer, Alvarez, Fletcher, Fletcher and Fletcher

This week saw a fun twist in the special election campaign to replace departed pervert Bob Filner as mayor of San Diego. It was the release of a questionnaire that Democratic candidate Nathan Fletcher filled out this month for the

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Subsidized CA green firm goes belly-up; no one thinks it’s news

When Solyndra collapsed in 2011, the failure of the Bay Area-company got lots of media coverage. Losing more than $500 million of taxpayer funds on a project that was never really vetted by federal stimulus overseers was considered news. Duh.

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Oct. 3 key deadline for CA response to anti-bullet-train ruling

The implications of Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny's Aug. 16 ruling that the California High-Speed Rail Authority had failed to comply with Proposition 1A — the 2008 state law giving $9.95 billion in bond seed money to the project

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Harkey has long history of whining — about coverage, questions and more

The coverage of Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, R-Dana Point, and her $10 million lawsuit against Sen. Mark Wyland, R-Solana Beach, over his allegedly defamatory comments about Harkey's family's legal problems focused on the political subtext of the dispute. Harkey and Wyland

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Life imitates sci-fi: Why CA pension crisis is sure to get far worse

The debate in California over public employee pensions has grown familiar in recent times. Those who demand reform finally appear to have momentum. In Sacramento, Gov. Jerry Brown won passage of a pension reform measure in September 2012. While many

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No Nixon-goes-to-China for Obama on CA school-testing retreat

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said last week that testing students was vital to measuring their progress and to improving student and teacher performance. Duncan warned California not to proceed with a reckless move away from standardized testing. That didn’t

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