No Frisbees on the beach! Fine raised to $1,000 in LA County

Goodness grief. If you plan to head to LA County beaches in the summer, you best leave the football, Frisbee™, and other dangerous objects at home. The Southern California Save Volleyball Alliance (lobby) was able to get volleyballs exempted from the mandate.

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California is in the news again…

This time about high speed rail. Read more

Are there any rational beings left in California?

Other than Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill that is.  Let me, as they say, begin at the beginning. Read more

Goodness grief: 21 H&K MP5s stolen from the Los Angeles PD

Unlike almost every other news story that mistakenly reports a “machine gun” was involved with some sort of crime, these guns really are machine guns; submachine guns to be specific. LAPD housed these weapons in a facility with no alarms or security cameras.

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What was Governor Jerry Brown thinking?

On Thursday, Governor Jerry Brown (D. Ca.) signed into law a bill that mandates that all California schools add lessons about gay and lesbians to their Social Studies programs.  Whether you have issues with gay rights or not, this law should outrage you for what it not so subtly accomplishes…divisiveness. Read more

Newport Beach lifeguard staff and unsustainable pensions

Lifeguards have an important job as first responders saving lives just like EMTs and paramedics. But in Newport Beach, Calif., it’s not a question of their performance or need, it’s the $100,000 in pay and benefits many guards earn each year after retirement at age 50.

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Feds pay to upgrade Mexican trucks – US trucks not so lucky

A story broke yesterday concerning the retrofit of more than 100 trucks from Mexico that do not meet United States environmental standards. Our federal government is paying to upgrade these trucks, yet when the state of California and the EPA set new rules for US-owned trucks, they fine companies who do not comply.

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Some on the left are finally getting it

Would you expect a mini-uprising against public unions to be launched in San Francisco, California?  Would you expect that Democrats would be leading this mini-uprising?  If your answer to either of these questions is, “no”, please read on. Read more

Your money and high-speed rail

Remember all of the hoopla earlier this year when President Obama gave your money away to various states to build high speed trains?  Well, sanity has prevailed, at least in two states.  Last week, the newly elected Republican governors of Ohio and Wisconsin said no thank you to $1.2 billion, and “returned” it to the federal government.

Given the size of our deficit, one would have thought that the money would have remained in the government’s coffers, but, no.  The money was “redistributed” to other states who had already received money to build high-speed rails, and, “lucky” for us in Florida, we will now receive all but 10% of the funds necessary to build our high-speed rail from Orlando to Tampa.

I did a post earlier this year on Obama’s “gift” to Florida, but in the interim, two things have happened.  In November, the voters in Tampa rejected a one cent increase in the sales tax that was to be used to pay for the infrastructure to get from the “Tampa” station to, well, anyplace actually in Tampa.  And second, Florida’s Republican governor elect, Rick Scott, has said he first wants a feasibility study to determine whether the project can provide a “return to taxpayers”.   Imagine that…an elected official who is concerned about the decades of taxpayer subsidies that will be necessary to keep this boondoggle afloat if it is built. 

And, Mr. Scott has reason to be concerned.

The problem is that high-speed rail systems almost always run over budget and end up heavily subsidized.  Only two segments of two such railways in the world, in France and Japan, have broken even, and they are in high-density areas…[emphasis supplied]

But, these facts haven’t deterred the fiscally sound State of California, also a recipient of federal high-speed rail funds.  Their high-speed rail authority recently approved construction of that state’s first venture into high-speed rail…the 65 mile stretch between the booming cities of Borden and Corcoran, at an estimated cost of $4.15 billion.  So, not only will your federal tax dollars pay for this nonsense, but, when California goes bankrupt, as it most assuredly will, your federal tax dollars will pay to keep it running.

Governor Moonbeam has a Flashback

It has been said, in a less political correct era, that California is like a bowl of granola.  Looking at some of their past political leaders, the old line about nuts and flakes comes into its own. Read more