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Bruce Gallaudet

Will farm labor shortage drive immigration changes?

There has been some dispute over whether the labor shortages California farmers reported over the last few years are real. It turns out they are very real, but that doesn’t quiet the skeptics. “We are told that unless we allow criminals, illegal aliens, freedom to take American jobs, our agriculture will be destroyed,” wrote the […]

April 26, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Passing taxes won’t be easy

Spend more than $30 million to pass a temporary tax increase proposition. See a governor put his entire political capital on the line to pass it, including airing countless television commercials featuring that man almost begging voters for a yes verdict. Threaten draconian cuts to schools and colleges that have already seen programs pared to […]

April 25, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Beware of easy bankruptcies

No one is seriously suggesting that California will soon become another Cyprus, the Greek-speaking Mediterranean island nation whose economic bailout plan includes dunning holders of “large” bank accounts as much as half their holdings and freezing the rest. But since a federal bankruptcy judge gave the go-ahead for the city of Stockton to seek shelter […]

April 23, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The fairest way to change taxes

From the moment it passed in 1978, there has been little doubt that Proposition 13 is unfair. On any given block, residents who bought their homes on or before the magic 1975 assessment date contained in the landmark tax-limitation initiative pay far less property tax than neighbors in similar homes who bought later. These differences […]

April 11, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

English learners will get a boost

Gov. Jerry Brown has never described it quite this way, but the essence of what he wants to do with many of the new tax dollars from last fall’s Proposition 30 is finish the job begun in 1971 by the Serrano v. Priest decision of the California Supreme Court. “Equal treatment for children in unequal […]

April 04, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Will state GOP follow national lead?

The dramatically tectonic nature of the national Republican Party’s shift on immigration policy wasn’t really clear until Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, long a favorite of the ultra-conservative tea party, in late March suddenly came out for a pathway to citizenship for some illegal immigrants — even though he doesn’t want it called anything like that. […]

March 29, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Gas prices going up, up, up

Are you ready for $6-per-gallon gasoline? Then $7 a little later? Premium grades of gasoline already go for more than $5 per gallon in some parts of California; regular skyrocketed to above $4.50 for a month at hundreds of service stations. There is no promise these near-record price levels will drop anytime soon, especially with […]

March 24, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Campaign finance disclosure is No. 1

Democrats are feeling their oats this month, enjoying a sense that they’re unstoppable because they now enjoy one-party rule in Sacramento. That includeds two-thirds majorities in both houses of the Legislature and a Democrat securely in the governor’s office, looking like a lock for re-election if he chooses to run in 2014. But as Democrats […]

January 23, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Still cronyism with hydrogen fuel

Six months after pulling back about $12 million worth of grants to help build refueling stations for the hydrogen fuel cell cars due to debut by 2017, the California Energy Commission is ready to take applications for new grants. The problem: Revised rules issued by the commission appear at first glance to cut out the […]

January 09, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Expect CEQA changes this year

No law annoys California developers more than the California Environmental Quality Act, and they figure to win at least some changes to its strict 42-year-old rules this year. They almost sneaked through a major softening of the state’s premier environmental law last September in the waning moments of the last legislative session, but were forced […]

January 03, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Lawsuit targets ‘junk’ health insurance

Dr. Norman Carter and his wife Kathleen are not alone, and a lawsuit they are fighting now in San Bernardino County Superior Court might help hundreds of other Californians who also believe they’ve been scammed by companies selling what lawyers often call “junk health insurance.” Carter, 63, an independent orthodontist practicing in Chino since 1976, […]

December 30, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Parcel tax plans promote unfairest of levies

No sooner had the new Democratic supermajorities in the state Legislature been sworn in than some of their members began pushing to make the least fair of all taxes easier to impose. That’s the parcel tax, the response of many California school districts to the 40-year-old Serrano v. Priest court decision that attempts to equalize […]

December 25, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Homeless veterans are a huge, neglected problem

You didn’t hear a word about homeless veterans in President Obama’s State of the Union speech last January and chances are you won’t hear anything from him about those vets next month, either, unless it’s a boilerplate homage for their contributions to American freedom. But homeless veterans are a major national problem, and an even […]

December 23, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Our prices are being manipulated

Anyone who thought manipulation of California energy prices ended with the criminal penalties assessed against executives of companies like Enron and Williams Energy after the state’s 2000-01 electricity crunch turns out to have been hopelessly naïve. All the available evidence now suggests price-fixing continues not only in electric power, but that gasoline is also in […]

December 20, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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