Newspapers in decline

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What would our civilization be like without newspapers? Your leisurely breakfast with a cuppa joe  while reading the important news of the day might become a relic of the past. As sad as it might be, this day may soon be approaching. Dwindling readership and advertising revenues have put many formidable newspapers out of business with others […]

Nehring smokes Newsom with Colorado Marijuana Legalization report

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California GOP Lt Governor candidate Ron Nehring is touting a new report on the impact of marijuana legalization in Colorado. The report details unacceptable increases in impaired driving, underage marijuana access and use, emergency room admissions and rising community costs. Nehring is flogging Democrat incumbent Lt Governor Gavin Newsom with the report, as Newsome has […]

Bitch Fest Summer 2014: 16 local and regional gripes

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Pointing out what really matters and things that just bug us has proven to be effective in getting rid of un-needed anxiety. Such catharsis helps us avoid expensive and unnecessary trips to see therapists to sort out one’s problems. So for my own mental health, here is my Bitchfest for Summer 2014. These are my Sweet 16 […]

Campaign tells how Sbranti, California Teachers Association smeared Steven Glazer

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Steven Glazer, an unsuccessful candidate for the California State Assembly (AD-16), is featured in a glossy, 16-page color brochure that criticizes the California Teachers Association (CTA). The brochure is entitled Anatomy of a Political Smear, and shows Glazer with a smeared face. The campaign against the political spending of the California Teachers Association was financed […]

AACA: Support legislation that targets political corruption

Political donations and influence peddling by lobbyists and special interests are a big business and chief contributors to political corruption. Over $100,000 for each candidate for a local city council race, over $35 MILLION for our last group of state senators, almost $9 MILLION in the Feinstein/Emken race, and almost $1 BILLION spent by each […]

AB 155 threatens local control of public works projects in California

AB 155 threatens local control of construction projects

The election year promise is very pervasive. Have you ever heard of a politician say he or she is opposed to “local control?” Neither have I. However, a bill currently making its way through the State Legislature, AB 155, would do just that, setting a dangerous precedent that would paralyze local governments and politicize public works […]

California Death Penalty ruled unconstitutional

California death penalty ruled unconstitutional

Federal Judge Cormac J. Carney ruled last week that the California Death Penalty is unconstitutional because it violated the 8th Amendment barring “cruel and unusual punishment.” He was right. My agreement with Carney, who is one of many jurists who oversteps their authority, might surprise some people as normally I stay on the right side of the […]

Senator DeSaulnier defends myth of local planning at Town Hall

California State Senator Mark Desaulnier

Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), at his recent Town Hall meeting told communities who believe they are losing local planning control they need not worry. In fact, DeSaulnier insisted that local governments are in charge of the redevelopment process under SB-1. Easy for him to say as DeSaulnier is headed to the next stop of his political career […]

Healthcare in California at crossroads

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I recently wrote about Doctor’s Hospital being our “Canary in the Coalmine”, foreshadowing the financial death of Progressive government in California. But the issue is just another instance of the larger question of healthcare in California. Indeed, Health care in California is coming to the front of the stage. For instance, the Contra Costa Times, […]