Tag: California

Prison Eugenics in the Golden State »

In 2003, California Governor Gray Davis issued a formal apology for the forced sterilization of inmates in the state’s prisons, a practice officially banned in 1979. “To the victims and their families of this past injustice, the people of California are deeply sorry for the suffering you endured over the years,” he said in...
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SCOTUS Decision Offers Hope to Farmers Wanting Economic Freedom »

In addition to collecting information on your telephone and Internet activity, the federal government is collecting your raisins. Yes, you read that right. Since 1937, the federal government has forced raisin growers to hand over without compensation a percentage of their annual crop to a government-sponsored raisin marketing board, keeping this portion from consumers...
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Note to Gov. Brown on Medical Liability Law: If It Ain’t Broken, Don’t Operate »

California’s “tort wars” are heating up, and Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee notes: “The big question is whether plaintiffs’ attorneys will try again to overturn the $250,000 cap on pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice cases that Gov. Jerry Brown signed in 1975.” If increased by legislators—instead of by voters at the...
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Crony Capitalism? »

The US Postal Service is selling hundreds of properties in prime locations across the country to help them deal with their financial difficulties. In the past, the USPS has used multiple real estate agents to sell their properties, but in 2011 the USPS signed a contract with CBRE Group to be the sole provider...
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Why Government Shouldn’t Build Things (Part 3) »

I had earlier posted about the SNAFUed boondoggle also known as the Eastern span of the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge (here and here), but the bad news just keeps rolling in. Yesterday it was revealed that the tower supporting the entire self-anchored suspension bridge rests on bolts that are likely to fail, causing the...
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When Government Gets “Arty,” Hang Onto Your Wallet (and Children) »

I have written before about the amazing saga of the new span for the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge, now 24 years and $6.4 billion in the making...with no end in sight. A full account of its background can be found here. The “signature design” never before built and of dubious seismic stability in one...
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Goodbye, “America’s Most Challenging High School.” Hello, Ebonics? »

The school rated “America’s Most Challenging High School” by the Washington Post is about to get an extreme makeover. With the surrounding Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) producing a drop-out rate double that for the rest of California, the American Indian Model Charter School clearly poses an embarrassment to the OUSD’s unionized teachers and...
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To Improve Healthcare, Liberate Nurses »

The most obvious way to avoid a huge imbalance between the supply and the demand for medical care (especially primary care) is to abolish the requirement that health plans provide a long list of preventive services with no co-pay or deductible. In addition, nurses, physicians’ assistants, and other paramedical personnel should have greater freedom...
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Opinion, Meet Fact: “Gun Control” Doesn’t »

The front page of Tuesday’s “Bay Area” section of the San Francisco Chronicle features a story on the latest Field Poll results: “Support Grows for Gun Control,” reporting that a majority of California voters now “view stricter gun control laws as more important than protecting the constitutional right to own a firearm.” Four pages...
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Can a Christian School Terminate a Teacher Who Refuses to Provide a Pastoral Reference? »

Today, the AP has an interesting article up about a lawsuit brewing in California. It seems that a private, Christian school asked all its teachers to supply a letter of reference from the teachers’ pastors and to also provide the school with a written statement of their faith. Two teachers have refused to do...
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