All California Will Get With Higher Cigarette Taxes is More Crime
Rumors are once again rumbling in the cash-starved, big spenders in California’s legislature to raise tobacco taxes. But does this work? History says that not only does the tax hike rarely bring in more money to the state the hike also causes more crime as criminals move in with black market good s at cheaper prices. Once again the denizens of Sacramento are looking to | Read More »
Is Lance Armstong Living Strong or Hiding Scared?
Lance Armstrong’s life, like his cycling races, has been filled with many twists and turns. Most recently the seven time Tour de France winner avoided federal charges over alleged doping. But the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is continuing its investigation: maybe another curve awaits (Bill Gifford, “It’s Not About the Lab Rats,” Outside Magazine, 1/8/11). Armstrong’s story has been repeated so often that it has become | Read More »
Boondoggle Projects Threaten California with Third World Status
-By Martha Montelongo Gov. Jerry Brown has an interesting definition of “third world.” In an interview with a San Francisco radio station last week, Brown said California would become “a Third World country” unless the state builds a ghastly $100 billion high-speed rail line that’s been fraught with mismanagement, cost overruns and shaky ridership projections. It’s an odd claim, considering many third-world nations are characterized | Read More »
Fiddling While California Burns
This week there is even more evidence that the ruinous taxation and out-of-control spending of California politicians and the state’s big spending lobbyists have pushed the Golden State over the edge. Today, the state announced massive cuts to essential services like schools and police. About $980 million will be slashed from the budget, with K-12 education and law enforcement bearing some of the biggest cuts. | Read More »
PG&E Pipeline Explosion Hushed by Calif. Public Utilities Commish?
One has to wonder why the media in California are not talking about the results of the investigation into the 2010 pipeline explosion that killed 8 people in San Bruno? It would seem like a natural story of a public utility’s arrogance and negligence, but somehow few people are aware of the details. You may recall the disaster that befell San Bruno, California when a | Read More »
L.A. Sports Stadium Project More Important Than Libraries, Police, Firemen?
The 2010 elections are now history. If there was any lesson from this Republican tidal wave that swept across the country it is that the vast majority of Americans are furious at the overspending and flawed leadership of our politicians. Voters are no longer so easily fooled by claims that wild spending sprees are beneficial. California was spared the GOP tidal wave but California voters | Read More »
Stadium Deal in LA a Moneypit
Whenever I think of this new Staples sports stadium deal going down in Los Angeles I can’t help but think of the “bread and circuses” that contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire. Here is the City of L.A. sinking millions into this entertainment project leaving the people destitute and all for what? After all, as I wrote in the last column, these stadiums | Read More »
Irregularities in Skilled Healthcare Trial
Last month I wrote about the California healthcare case involving Skilled Healthcare LLC. The Nursing Home company was accused by trial lawyers of violating California’s regulations governing how many staff members per resident that is required to operate a healthcare facility and lost its case. What struck me is that this case seemed to have been brought to court by trial lawyers and without actual | Read More »
Jury Damage Award Could Close Calif. Healthcare Facilities
When companies are found to have violated regulations that govern their industry, is it right that a jury of non-experts can award damages the amount of which will wipe the company off the face of the earth? That is a question that has been raised in a case recently decided against Skilled Healthcare LLC of California. A class action lawsuit (lawsuit info here) brought by | Read More »
Want Economic Stimulus? Don’t Build a Sports Stadium!
For the last few decades sports teams across the country have nosed up to the public trough and demanded that states and cities chip in millions for the construction of new sports stadiums. To justify the public expense the claim has been made that these monstrous construction projects bring a wealth of jobs and spending on entertainment and are a boon to any city that | Read More »