California Watch
by | Jun 13, 2019

Sacramento The San Diego City Council’s vote Monday to join the union side in an effort to invalidate a 2012 ballot initiative signaled an ignominious end to one of the most promising pension-reform efforts of the past decade. The city’s…

by | Jun 7, 2019

Sacramento Late Monday evening, I felt a stabbing sensation in my gut, so I went to the emergency room when it became apparent the pain wasn’t going away. I had to wait to see a doctor of course, but then…

by | May 30, 2019

Sacramento It’s not every day (or any day, for that matter) that I read an editorial by the Washington Post and am moved to cheer. But the editorial board’s salvo against Bernie Sanders’ education plan, which would end all federal funding…

by | May 23, 2019

Sacramento I’ve always had mixed feelings about conservatives’ long-running disdain for San Francisco. They’re spot on about the city’s crazy progressive politics, extreme libertine attitudes (e.g., debating whether naked people should allowed in public places), and absurd regulatory and tax…

by | May 16, 2019

Sacramento During a recent informational hearing in the Nevada state Senate about a proposal to significantly boost taxes on vaping products, the lawmakers who were leading the charge didn’t seem to know very much about the products they wanted to…

by | May 9, 2019

Sacramento Don’t be alarmed by soaring California gasoline prices, which have topped $4 a gallon at most gas stations around the state. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic legislative leaders are on the job, as they sniff out the culprit behind…

by | May 2, 2019

Sacramento When I think about government infrastructure projects, I always think back to the third game of the 1989 World Series between the Oakland A’s and the San Francisco Giants, which was being played at Candlestick Park. Like many Americans,…

by | Apr 25, 2019

Sacramento Is it better to have been a cow who, after spending a few years in a pasture or a feedlot, gets sent to a slaughterhouse — or to have never been a cow at all? Animal-rights activists and ethicists…

by | Apr 18, 2019

Sacramento Officials in Stockton, Calif., a hard-pressed agricultural and industrial city 75 miles northeast of San Jose, are enjoying the glow of media attention from their ongoing, first-in-America program to provide residents with a Universal Basic Income, or UBI. The…

by | Apr 11, 2019

Sacramento Just as the movie Casablanca’s Captain Louis Renault was shocked to find gambling going on in a renowned nightclub and gambling den, I, too, am shocked by the findings revealed in recent state audits of various California government agencies….

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