Archive for May, 2012

May 31, 2012

Local Government Tries to Regulate Businesses Out of Existence

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May 31, 2012

Live Free or Die by Mike Parrish

May 31, 2012

More Regulations on CA Businesses

California poised to require ‘solar ready roofs’ on new homes and buildings

By Dana Hull/San Jose Mercury Newsmercurynews.com/ Updated:   05/30/2012 09:59:43 PM PDT

State regulators with the California Energy Commission are expected to approve stringent energy efficiency standards for new residential and commercial buildings Thursday.  More…

May 31, 2012

State program for struggling homeowners has helped few

As banks resist, mortgage relief program has distributed just 5 percent of its fund

By on May 31, 2012 – 12:00 a.m. PDT

On June 15, Wells Fargo is set to auction off Gayline Hudson’s home in Oakland’s Fruitvale District. Hudson, who bought the two-bedroom house for $370,000 in 2005, lost her job as an adult education teacher when the Oakland Unified School District laid her off last June.   More…
May 31, 2012

Sounds Like the Teachers’ Union is Running the Show

SD teachers union lays groundwork for concessions to save jobs

SAN DIEGO — Financial analysts from the California Teachers Association will descend on the San Diego school district this week to scrutinize the budget before local labor leaders survey 7,000 educators about potential concessions that could stop 1,500-plus layoffs from taking effect June 30.  More…

May 31, 2012

Testing the Tea Party

May 31, 2012

“Debacle:” Obama’s space alien movie made in California

May 29, 2012/By Wayne Lusvardi

President Barack Obama’s “stimulus” flying saucer landed in California in February 2009. This isn’t something from Steven Spielberg’s “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.” It’s the actual description from Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist.   More…

May 30, 2012

We-Will-Never-Forget License Plate Funds Used for What?

California raids 9/11 fund to cover deficits and other govt expenditures

posted at 11:22 am on May 30, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

After the September 11th terrorist attacks in 2001, the Californian government created a program through which residents could purchase “We Will Never Forget” memorial license plates in the understanding that they would be making a contribution toward helping 9/11 victims’ families and law enforcement. 15 percent of the proceeds were to be alloted to scholarship funds for Californian victims’ children, while the other 85 percent was to go to anti-terrorism efforts.   More…
May 30, 2012

THIS WEEK’S AGENDA: SHENANIGANS IN THE LEGISLATURE

Jon Coupal, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
May 29, 2012/ 
Citizens of California are almost always in danger from being victimized by the foolhardy actions of our Legislature. But some weeks are more dangerous than others – and this is one of those weeks.  More…
May 30, 2012

CTA: Politically Correct, Clueless and Shameless

by Stephen Frank on 05/29/2012 · 

Would you allow an organization to exist that tells workers, pay us lots of money and you can work?  Refuse to pay us, and you will not be allowed to work.  Then we will use your money to buy politicians and policies that you keep you poor.  More…

May 30, 2012

Teacher dismissal bill moves on

Republican effort to expand it is defeated

Posted on 5/30/12 • By John Fensterwald – Educated Guess

It will be easier and quicker to fire teachers in the most egregious misconduct cases, under a bill that the Senate passed Tuesday 33-4.   More…

May 30, 2012

Counties miss deadline to send ballots to overseas, military voters

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Elections officials throughout California missed a deadline to send 8,250 ballots to overseas and military voters for next week’s presidential primary, prompting a lawsuit and swift settlement over the weekend between the state officials and the U.S. Department of Justice.  More…

May 29, 2012

Around the World on $69 Million in Welfare Funds

May 29, 2012

State Rights

Another Federal Real Estate Screw-Up

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One of the clearest messages from the American Founding was that the Constitution left regulation of private land within state boundaries to the exclusive prerogative of the states. This was an area completely outside the sphere of the federal government.

When, during the debates over the Constitution, advocates were pressed for examples of powers outside federal competence they again and again adverted to real estate.

Today, however, land is subject to heavy federal regulation. The regulation comes in the form of environment restrictions, the outright federal ownership of 28% of the territory of the United States, and—the subject of this post—federal manipulation of the home sale and mortgage market More…

May 29, 2012

Sustainable Urban Design Academy in Oakland

New high school academy teaches Oakland teens about land use and community health — with their neighborhood as a classroom.

The Castlemont High School campus is seen from MacArthur Boulevard on in Oakland, Calif. (Jane…
By Katy Murphy/Oakland Tribunecontracostatimes.com/Posted:   05/29/2012 12:00:00 AM PDT

You might never know it, but a creek runs underneath a busy stretch of MacArthur Boulevard near Castlemont High School. Cross the street and climb a long set of concrete steps, and you’ll see a sweeping view of the San Francisco Bay.

In her urban ecology class, sophomore Michelle Thomas climbed that steep hill for the first time. “When I was up there, I saw a lot of really nice, green trees,” she said. “When I walk out in Oakland, I usually don’t see that.”

The Sustainable Urban Design Academy at Castlemont instructs students to take stock of their surroundings — green space and transit hubs, empty lots and liquor stores, churches and businesses — with a critical lens. The new academy, now at Castlemont’s East Oakland School of the Arts, is one of many interdisciplinary efforts in the city’s high schools. But it’s the first in years to take root at Castlemont, whose three small schools have a combined dropout rate of 49 percent.  More…

May 29, 2012

Your Tax Dollars at Work

CSU spends $2M on presidential home renovations

Courtesy of CSU Fullerton The old kitchen at CSU Fullerton’s El Dorado Ranch had deteriorating cabinetry and 1951 appliances. 

California State University campuses have in the last 10 years spent more than $2 million renovating eight university-owned presidential residences – rehabbing kitchens, expanding garages and even hiring interior designers, according to figures provided by the university.

At least half of the spending came from state funding sources, and the figure does not include annual maintenance and repairs.  More…

May 28, 2012

Some Gave All

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May 28, 2012

Who will control California next year?

California Democrats bid for two-thirds control of state Senate

By Torey Van Oot/tvanoot@sacbee.com

Bill Berryhill’s pitch to voters at a recent candidates forum came down to more than just his positions on issues affecting San Joaquin County’s 5th Senate District.
It was about the balance of power in the Capitol.
“Do you realize if one party gets sole power, you think you’re taxed to the max now? Guess what? You better grab your wallet, because they only have one way to go and that’s to tax and spend, tax and spend,” the Republican assemblyman told the crowd at Tracy’s Kimball High.  Read more here:

May 28, 2012

Top 10 examples of California zealotry

May 27, 2012 By CPR Editors

From Human Events:

This list of California zealotry bodes ill for free-loving people everywhere…

1. Taxifornia

With the state staring at a $16 billion budget shortfall, California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking voter approval in November for a $9 billion tax hike initiative that would add three percentages points to the top income tax rate, making it the highest in the nation at 13.3 percent. Perhaps, California lawmakers should look to Texas, where the legislature closed a major budget gap by cutting spending.

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May 27, 2012

Mansions of the Lord

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May 26, 2012

The Salute – Celebrating Service

May 25, 2012

Jerry Brown’s Robin Hood Tax Fantasy – YouTube

May 25, 2012

How many ways can voters say ‘no’ to tax hikes?

May 23, 2012/By Katy Grimes

The California city which has been trying to force a new professional sports arena on its tapped-out taxpayers is now asking for a sales-tax increase.

But even more egregious than the tax increase push is the poll commissioned by Sacramento’s City Manager John Shirey, the former leader of the now-defunct California Redevelopment Agency.

Proving just how easy it is to manipulate numbers and outcome, the poll found “roughly 70 percent of city voters would support a general purpose sales tax increase.”  More…

May 25, 2012

California’s sky-high residential electricity rates

By Richard Rider

While I’m not adding this electricity cost analysis to my “Breaking Bad: CA vs. the Other States” factsheet (this analysis is a hard item to condense into one sentence), it’s a situation my California readers need to understand.  Our state’s residential electricity rates often are outrageous compared to the rest of the nation.   And under AB32, these rates are predicted to go up as much as 30% or more — while the other states didn’t chose to commit such “cap and trade” economic suicide.  More…

May 24, 2012

Legislation Assembly-Line Voting (video)

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