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Lies about green jobs: Now it’s the Los Angeles edition 2

March 1, 2013 By Chris Reed We’ve seen President Obama and Gov. Brown spread the green jobs myth, pretending that niche categories of employment can revive the larger national and state economies. Now Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti is

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Most East Coast media misjudge CA bullet train 11

Feb. 19, 2013 By Chris Reed The immense perception gap between East Coast and West Coast journalists when it comes to reporting on the Golden State was never in sharper relief than in 2003. If you were in California, the

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Wanted: Education reporters who know about, well, education 1

Feb. 18, 2013 By Chris Reed Shouldn’t education be covered by people who know a lot about education? About the history of public schools in the U.S. and what triggered the education reform movement in the early 1980s? That’s not

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3 years late, L.A. Times finally notes huge flaw in Obamacare 10

Feb. 11, 2013 By Chris Reed In April 2010, three weeks after Obamacare was signed into law, The New York Times got around to writing an analysis of the measure that looked at how a key provision had worked at

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Texas vs. California: What smug Fresno Bee doesn’t mention 12

Feb. 7, 2013 By Chris Reed The war of words between Gov. Jerry Brown and his Texas counterpart, Rick Perry, over California’s business climate has led to the usual snide comments about the Lone Star State from the media annex

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Scandal ‘boring’? Arrogant Jerry Brown drinks his own Kool-Aid 8

Feb. 6, 2013 By Chris Reed Sacramento is still buzzing over a bizarre and obnoxious scandal in which state parks officials hid $54 million while pressing to close 70 parks, and along comes another scandal in which Cal Fire hides

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Karma time: Unions figure out Obamacare is a nightmare 8

Feb. 5, 2013 By Chris Reed As I noted in a CalWatchdog post last week, the California media are covering the state government’s aggressive attempts to lead the nation in the early implemenation of Obamacare without bringing up its immense fundamental

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AB 32 has predicted effect on state manufacturing jobs 2

Jan. 19, 2013 By Chris Reed Trying to preserve and help create manufacturing jobs should be a primary goal of a party that bills itself as being about social justice. Manufacturing jobs often offer middle-class wages, but don’t require college

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Assembly Speaker limits press access 13

Jan. 8, 2013 By Katy Grimes As the new legislative session began yesterday, there was a quite buzz in the Assembly. But it wasn’t just about the many new lawmakers. A rumor was going around that Democratic Assembly Speaker John

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Groan: L.A. Times film critic accepts as given that fracking is evil 5

Dec. 28, 2012 By Chris Reed The question I posed in my Wednesday piece about fracking and California has already been answered. I wondered whether the fact that it has been “massively” used for decades but only began facing enviro

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