This kind of puts a kink in Gov. Jerry Brown’s insistence that “California is back.” According to a new study by the U.S. Census Bureau, when housing is factored in, California has the nation’s highest poverty rate, at 23.8 percent. It’s higher than Mississippi, Alabama, West Virgina and other states we think of as poor. […]
Politicians of both parties like to boast how they work for the “middle class.” Well, there isn’t much of a middle class left in California, at least along the coastal areas. According to data provided by Trulia, the three least affordable areas in America are San Francisco, where just 14 percent of homes are affordable […]
Detroit declared bankruptcy today. For California, here are the takeaways from the Detroit News report: “A bankruptcy judge could trump the state constitution by slashing retiree pensions, ripping up contracts and paying creditors roughly a dime on the dollar for unsecured claims worth $11.45 billion.” That’s because the bankruptcy will be heard in a federal […]
Apple Inc. is the world’s most profitable and admired company. It’s also the world’s biggest tax dodger. Reported the Wall Street Journal of a U.S. Senate grilling of CEO Tim Cook, “The Senate panel, in a report released Monday, said that Apple used technicalities in Irish and U.S. law to pay little or no corporate […]
Last week I riffed on a column by Tony Quinn on Republicans, immigration and California, “Are Republicans Finally Learning to Count?” In turn, Quinn has responded to me: “He argues that even if they do so Latinos will not vote for them, and to support immigration ‘amnesty’ will rile up the Republican base. “He may […]
Long Beach still sometimes is called “Iowa Beach” because so many people from that state migrated West from the snow and the corn fields to the beach and the sun. Now, they could be going the other way: “DES MOINES, Iowa – Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday that he’s heading to California in an effort to get […]
Tony Quinn gets things partly right when he writes in a Fox & Hounds article, “Are Republicans Finally Learning to Count?“: “But now some Republicans at last want to face that reality and make some changes. I call them the Republicans Who Can Count. “The Republicans Who Can’t Count were on full display in 2012. Presidential […]
Crossposted on CalWatchDog Highway robbery was supposed to be illegal in California. But after just eight months on the job, Stockton Police Chief Tom Morris grabbed a $204,000 pension. No wonder state pension funds now require hefty infusions of cash from taxpayers — and soon will go broke. Bloomberg writes that Morris was: “the third […]
Crossposted on CalWatchDog Aren’t you sick of the Marriage Wars? In the latest development a court — who cares which one — upheld the decision of a lower court — who cares which one — that same-sex couples have a “right” to marriage.
Crossposted Calwatchdog In California, everything is upside down. On Friday, the California Air Resources Board clicked its jackboots and ordered one in seven Calfornia cars to be “ultra clean” by 2025. That means “battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell and plug-in hybrid vehicles.” It’s supposed to cut the greenhouse gases that supposedly cause global warming.