Beginning a Big Year for CA

Assemblymember Marie Waldron Assemblymember Marie Waldron Leave a Comment

     The State Legislature returns on January 6 to complete the second half of the 2019-2020 session. 120 California legislators – 80 Assemblymembers and 40 Senators — will assemble in the State Capitol to begin work on some of the most consequential issues that have faced our state.      It’s likely that around 3,000 bills will be introduced …

Watered-Down SB 350 Still Threatens California

Diane Harkey Board of Equalization Member Diane Harkey Leave a Comment

This op-ed originally appeared in the Riverside Press-Enterprise Once in a while, even in the California state Legislature, we witness democracy in action or a rare moment when a well-intentioned, but harmful, strongly supported and lobbied bill, is rejected due to a lack of votes. In the final days of the Legislature’s 2014-2015 session, the right number of elected officials listened …

An Alternative to Six Californias

Elliot Schroeder Elliot Schroeder 4 Comments

Last year, Venture Capitalist Tim Draper’s Initiative to divide California into six states failed to make it to the November 2016 ballot. I posted before how this would impact San Diego. Undoubtedly, the knowledge that this would not pass a partisan Congress contributed to its demise.  Now the sixcalifornias.com website asks for ideas to fix California.  Is there something salvageable in the Six Californias idea? …

Uber Ruling Illustrates How Government Ruins Good Things

Steve Rider Steve Rider, Undesignated 1 Comment

With the recent ruling from the California Labor Commission declaring that Uber’s drivers must be treated as W-2 employees, California residents will have front-row seats to watch government ruin innovation and a thriving market. While many costs created by government go unnoticed, the inevitable hike in prices and decline in services will be an eye-opening experience for millions of Uber customers. Uber’s …

What is our Immigration Policy?

Elliot Schroeder Elliot Schroeder 3 Comments

Tonight, President Obama will make an announcement on immigration. Early indications include a delay in deportations for up to 5 million. This comes after a bruising mid-term election where many pundits claim that inaction on immigration discouraged Latinos from voting. To hear mass media tell it our lines are drawn into two camps: Those that favor a looser immigration and …

Will California’s Voters Set A New Record for Apathy?

The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal 4 Comments

How low can they go? California’s voters set a record low of 51 percent voter turnout in 2002. Political pollster John Nienstedt, president of Competitive Edge Research & Communication, made his final voter turnout prediction for Tuesday’s midterm election at the witching hour on Election Eve. Read his prediction here, then weigh in on whether he’s high, low, or right …

Scott Peters looking for votes in all the wrong places

Elliot Schroeder Elliot Schroeder 50 Comments

You know things are tight in the CA-52 race when Scott Peters is trying to get my vote. I’ve been registered GOP since 18 and since I got off of active duty (too much overseas time) I know I voted in every election. Election campaigns usually focus on Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts of their political base, so I …

Will low voter turnout give Republican Neel Kashkari a chance?

The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal 9 Comments

In the wake of low voter turnout in the June 2014 California primary which favored conservative / Republican candidates, is there any chance of a repeat on a bigger scale in November 2014? John Nienstedt, president of Competitive Edge Research & Communication, says November 2014 could be a real downer for California when it comes to voter turnout. As John …

San Diego and Six Californias

Elliot Schroeder Elliot Schroeder 19 Comments

This week Venture Capitalist Tim Draper’s Initiative to divide California in to six states received approval to start collecting signatures.   Now the US Constitution requires that the State legislature and the US Congress both have to approve, but of course West Virginia didn’t really go that route, so there is still some legal ambiguity there.  Sharing statehood with the Bay Area frustrates me as much …

Understanding Employers and Why Republicans Matter

Diane Harkey Board of Equalization Member Diane Harkey Leave a Comment

This op-ed originally appeared in Steve Frank’s California Political News & Views Common sense dictates that people as well as employers will act in their own best interest.  This is the premise underlying market economies and why they provide more goods, services and improve the lives of all of us, much more so than a command or government manipulated market can.  …

New Laws In California and Our First Rostra Prediction Game of 2013

The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal 1 Comment

It’s a time-honored New Year’s tradition to review all the new laws taking effect starting on January 1. So I thought I’d get a look at new laws affected Rostrafarians in California. I nearly choked on my breakfast when I looked at the number. There are 837 new laws taking effect as of today. Seriously? Our state was so far …

Ferret Lovers Covet Maienschein’s Backing

Erica Holloway Erica Holloway Leave a Comment

As originally posted on Flash Report. Ferret lovers coveting Assemblyman-elect Brian Maienschein’s backing might be in for disappointment. Evidently, LeagalizeFerrets.org founder Pat Wright fell to despair when two supportive candidates lost in the general election on November 6. Yet, he wrote in his recent newsletter this fuzzy note of love: “There was one person elected who had some ferret knowledge. …

If Props 30 AND 38 pass, they might BOTH raise our taxes

Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters 7 Comments

Here’s today’s unsettling thought for California taxpayers — a factoid not being discussed. Props 30 and 38 can BOTH pass and, if the stars align right, raise our taxes TOGETHER. As we all know, these are two competing massive state tax increases on the November ballot. When we have two conflicting measures that pass, the one with the most votes …

How many other government agencies have “hidden” surpluses?

Poway Roger Poway Roger 1 Comment

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-politics/2012/07/parks-director-says-in-resignation-letter-she-is-appalled-by-hoarding-of-money.html Sacramento doesn’t have the leadership to solve the deficit without a tax increase. Gov. Jerry Brown wants to raise taxes without showing any way to make sure past mistakes aren’t repeated. I love the comment that California State Senator Noreen Evans (D) made in reference to the State Parks hidden surplus: “If one department can hoard $54 million for …

Gov Brown vetoes a paltry 0.14% of state budget – pathetic

Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters Undesignated 1 Comment

A whopping 0.14% of the bloated state general fund budget vetoed by Brown. Sadly, this paltry line item veto amount continues the California governor bipartisan tradition of vetoing almost none of the spending. The traditional amount is about 0.25% — one quarter of one percent. Jerry couldn’t reach even this low benchmark. http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/06/gov-jerry-brown-vetoes-195-million-from-final-ca-budget.html

California unemployment fund is broke — and getting “broker” every day

Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters Undesignated Leave a Comment

California is broke. We all know that. But one component that deserves at least passing notice is the state unemployment fund. Surprise! It’s broke. So broke that it’s borrowed federal funds to keep paying people not to work. Now CA has to charge CA employers a payroll surcharge to pay the money back. It’s not a huge tax per employee, …

With no fiscal oversight, small CA state security guards outfit rapes taxpayers — $124K average salary

Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters 27 Comments

Here’s one of those backwater CA state public employee honeypots that for years has operated without meaningful fiscal oversight. Amazing story. Among other things, these “police” got big overtime checks for guarding a closed facility. A quarter of these guards DOUBLE their salary with overtime.  Their average annual pay (with overtime) is $124,000. These are SECURITY GUARDS. And remember, they …

Expatriate Saverin saved FAR more on CA income tax than he did on his net federal tax

Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters 14 Comments

What is usually overlooked in the discussion of Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin leaving the U.S. for Singapore (presumably to sell his Facebook stock) is the CALIFORNIA capital gains tax.  Saverin avoided $67 million in net federal income taxes by leaving the country, but he saved several times that amount by leaving CA — which by law has no “exit tax.” …