Tag: California
Rush Limbaugh on Air

After failing at numerous radio jobs in the 1970s, in which he tried out various styles, including his first broadcast gig at KUDL in Kansas City, the famed talk-radio giant Rush H. Limbaugh III (1951–2021) began his real radio-broadcast career when he hosted a daytime talk show that innovatively mixed conservative politics and humorous...
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California Bureaucrats Behaving Badly

Californians have had to endure one of the strictest COVID-19 lockdown regimes in the United States. The state has imposed stay-at-home orders and curfews on its residents. It has also imposed draconian restrictions on how many businesses and other organizations in the state may operate. Only recently have some of those restrictions begun to...
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San Francisco Ends Merit-Based Admissions at Top-Rated Public High School

San Francisco’s Board of Education voted unanimously last October to set aside longstanding merit-based admissions at Lowell High School for one year. This decision was allegedly due to the pandemic, but the board had a bigger target in mind. As Katy Grimes now reports in the California Globe, the board has just “voted to...
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California Agency Ponders Huge Clawback of Unemployment Payments

California State Auditor Elaine M. Howle has slammed California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) for incompetence and mismanagement in a “scathing report” evaluating its performance during the coronavirus pandemic. The troubled agency was already in the hot seat for processing billions of fraudulent unemployment claims in what some call the “biggest fraud on taxpayers in...
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Is Gov. Newsom Avoiding Science-Based Pandemic Policies?

Californians may be unaware that the state employs more than 4,000 scientists in agencies such as the Department of Public Health, CalEPA, Dept. of Natural Resources, and many more. As Katy Grimes of the California Globe reports, these scientists are complaining that Gov. Gavin Newsom has not consulted with them during the coronavirus lockdown....
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California Already Showcases Chinese Infrastructure Influence, and a Lot More

Last February in Charleston, South Carolina, presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren, Michael Bloomberg, and Joe Biden all said they would not allow Chinese companies to build critical infrastructure in the United States. Nobody noticed that China is already a player on critical infrastructure in California. For the new span of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge,...
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Armed Consumer Affairs Cops Raid Stockton Salon

“Did anyone know the California Department of Consumer Affairs has its own armed police force?” wonders Katy Grimes of the California Globe. Vicki Kirk and Dino Ballin, owners of the Pomp Hair Salon in Stockton, found out the hard way.  They were raided by “armed, body armor-wearing cops from the Department of Consumer Affairs,...
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein Turns up in $2 Billion EDD Scandal

Back in the 1990s, a comedian was lampooning people who wore jerseys of NBA players. “Look,” the comic said, “there’s Shaq at the unemployment office.” Something similar is now going on in real life. 

California Unemployment Fraud Could Balloon to $2 Billion

As we noted, California prison inmates, including convicted murderers, serial killers and such, have been making fraudulent unemployment claims, and the state Employment Development Department has been faithfully paying the criminals. According to law enforcement officials, EDD has no mechanism to stop the payouts amounting to some $1 billion. By some accounts the worst...
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California’s Multibillion-Dollar Pandemic Unemployment Fraud

California’s government-waste problem with unemployment fraud has just become a lot bigger. It’s not just celebrities and prison inmates who have been fraudulently cashing in on California’s pandemic unemployment assistance program. If it were, the total amount of taxpayer money lost to fraudulent unemployment claims in the state would total less than $1 billion....
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