Investigation Reveals Water Executives Spending Money Like Water (CBS News, Los Angeles-Video)

Water rates may have gone up 70 percent in the past six years but, but our undercover investigation found water executives spending money like water. David Goldstein reports.

Gadfly Radio with myself and CalWatchDog airs today on CRNtalk.com at 10 am

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Ben Boychuk, associate editor at City Journal, John Seiler, managing editor at CalWatchDog.com and special guest, Wayne Lusvardi, a regular contributor to CalWatchDog.com and the author of the recently published Investigative Report up at CalWatchDog, Gleickgate Pollutes Enviro Movement.

Climate activist Dr. Peter Gleick of the Pacific Institute of water policy in Oakland may face criminal charges that he deceptively obtained data from a conservative think tank, the Heartland Institute, then “doctored” it and disseminated it on the web to libel that organization. Gleick has admitted he is the source of the leaked data but denies he produced the doctored document.

We’ll also talk with Wayne about his article posted Monday, Municipal Bankruptcy Stalks Stockton, a case study in why is it not a good idea for public sector officials to play Real Estate Developer? How bad can it be? I wouldn’t want to be the cat holding the bag when the value of properties has dropped over two thirds since 2007!

We’ll talk with Ben on the latest developments with the Parent Trigger and a new scandal perpetrated by the Teacher’s Union against the parents at Desert Trails School, what’s new at City Journal CA and his take on Lance Izumi’s new book, “Obama’s Education Takeover.”

We’ll take your calls, questions and comments on the air at 1-818-602-4929, on FB instant chat or Twitter. 

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 Thank you for supporting our program, by listening, sponsoring, and or sharing this post with others. 

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Tuesday’s live, on CRNtalk.com.   California, the land of beauty and unlimited possibility because of the abundance of our greatest capital resource, our human resources, if we can get it right. Join us.  

We’re stillbuilding our website here at GadflyRadio.com, but it’s not quite done yet.  As soon as we’ve got it all running smooth, we’ll let everyone know and resume posting our podcasts of our shows, here and on iTunes, including today’s show, and from February 14.  

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Gadfly Radio with myself and CalWatchDog airs today on CRNtalk.com at 10 am

Join me on the air, Tuesday from 10AM to 11AM, PT, on CRN, on CRNtalk.com CRN 1
 Call in number: 1-800-336-2225

Ben Boychuk, associate editor at City Journal, John Seiler, managing editor at CalWatchDog.com and special guest, Wayne Lusvardi, a regular contributor to CalWatchDog.com and the author of the recently published Investigative Report up at CalWatchDog, Gleickgate Pollutes Enviro Movement.

Climate activist Dr. Peter Gleick of the Pacific Institute of water policy in Oakland may face criminal charges that he deceptively obtained data from a conservative think tank, the Heartland Institute, then “doctored” it and disseminated it on the web to libel that organization. Gleick has admitted he is the source of the leaked data but denies he produced the doctored document.

We’ll also talk with Wayne about his article posted Monday, Municipal Bankruptcy Stalks Stockton, a case study in why is it not a good idea for public sector officials to play Real Estate Developer? How bad can it be? I wouldn’t want to be the cat holding the bag when the value of properties has dropped over two thirds since 2007!

We’ll talk with Ben on the latest developments with the Parent Trigger and a new scandal perpetrated by the Teacher’s Union against the parents at Desert Trails School, what’s new at City Journal CA and his take on Lance Izumi’s new book, “Obama’s Education Takeover.”

We’ll take your calls, questions and comments on the air at 1-818-602-4929, on FB instant chat or Twitter. 

I am a stand for liberty, integrity, empowerment, and prosperity for all people; a stand for vibrant and innovative small businesses that create jobs, that in the process of prospering, nurture and support creative and dynamic culture, in the work place, and in our personal lives.

 Thank you for supporting our program, by listening, sponsoring, and or sharing this post with others. 

It’s a pleasure to share this program with 
CalWatchDog’s team of government policy watch dogs and the great investigative work they produce! 

Tuesday’s live, on CRNtalk.com.   California, the land of beauty and unlimited possibility because of the abundance of our greatest capital resource, our human resources, if we can get it right. Join us.  


We’re building a website at GadflyRadio.com, but it’s not quite done yet.  As soon as we’ve got it all running smooth, we’ll let everyone know and resume posting the podcasts to our shows, on our website at GadflyRadio.com and on iTunes, including today’s show, and from February 14.  

CARPE DIEM: Why $100+ Per Barrel Oil is a Godsend

From Holman Jenkins in today’s WSJ “What’s Right With Gas Prices”:

“Ironically, the best therapy [for higher oil prices] is a higher oil price. It makes it profitable to bring into production more costly resources around the world. The rise in recent years to $100-plus a barrel is a godsend. Peak oil theorists are being refuted; so are greenies who imagined a towering oil price would usher in a carbon-free future. The opposite is seen to be true. Oil sands, shale hydrocarbons and even biofuels have been made profitable with existing technology, and of course technology can be counted on to advance. CARPE DIEM: Why $100+ Per Barrel Oil is a Godsend

Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog resumes Tuesday Feb 28 at 10 am PT

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The Empire Of Liberty: Thomas Jefferson, Ron Paul And The Sacred Fire Of Freedom – Forbes

“Perhaps it is, as Jefferson so eloquently suggested to Yancey, “Quixotic enough to attempt to reason Bedlam to rights….” And yet, this levels an indictment at the Bedlam that has beset our ruling class rather than at the noble one who “dreams the impossible dream… willing to march into Hell for a Heavenly cause,” that magnificent heir to Jefferson, Ron Paul.”

The Empire Of Liberty: Thomas Jefferson, Ron Paul And The Sacred Fire Of Freedom – Forbes

Gadfly Radio with Martha and Cal Watch Dog, Ben Boychuk and John Hrabe today at 1 PM PT

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Today’s show, February 14th, 2012,  Gadfly Radio is now on 1400 AM KKZZ 


Today live with Martha, John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com  and Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal, we welcome back regular contributor to CalWatchDog, John Hrabe.   John’s written a couple of investigative reports on the recent Redistricting of CA and his take is not flattering in outcome, the process nor the actions of any of the players involved.   What does it mean for California’s  jobs, economy, growth, and future?
CA GOP ‘Idiots’ Lose State Senate | CalWatchDog 
11 More Ways to Fix Busted Redistricting | CalWatchDog 

We’ll also ask John Hrabe about his take on the Clint Eastwood Super Bowl Ad. 
John Hrabe: Eastwood Super Bowl Ad: Powerful, Inspirational and Dead Wrong 
and his most recent post, just in time for Valentine’s Day: 
Cal State Prez Salaries Top Facebook Exec | CalWatchDog  Feel the love!  But for whom? 

More from CalWatchDog.com
Kamala Harris’ Totalitarianism | CalWatchDog
and related story:
Group suspends California public pension reform ballot effort – Sacramento Politics – California Politics | Sacramento Bee

And we’ll talk with Ben Boychuk on the latest posted over at California City Journal:
  David Crane’s California Quest by Judith Miller, City Journal Winter 2012, a different take on the recent Redistricting outcome and possibilities and


California’s Demographic Revolution by Heather Mac Donald, City Journal Winter 2012
If the upward mobility of the impending Hispanic majority doesn’t improve, the state’s economic future is in peril.   I found reading her piece a prescription for restless agitated sleep.  In my opinion she paints little  possibility other than to stop anymore of “those kinds of people” and  only tangentially touches on the role of the white Anglo Saxons who dominate all the powerful state public employee unions, including the 800 pound gorilla in the room–The almighty teachers union, the CTA and their definitive role in the impoverished level of education of the economically and socially impoverished Latino population of CA.    I’m sure Ben and John will have a different take.  What?  We’ll find out. 

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Gadfly Radio with Martha and Cal Watch Dog, and Ben Benchuk today at 1 PM PT

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February 7th, 2012  We premiere on 1400 AM KKZZ!  


Today live with Martha Montelongo, along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, we welcome two special guests:   


Judge Jim Gray, who currently presides over the civil trial calendar for the Superior Court of Orange County, will speak with us about current policy, costs, benefits, ethics and possibilities. Do our drug laws make us safe, safer or are they harmful? What about marijuana and the law? 

Larry Sand of California Teacher’s Empowerment Network writes about public education. While the horrific story of Miramonte Elementary unfolds, the CA Teacher’s Union and the lawmakers who fear their wrath, and who make tragedies like Miramonte possible systemically, moves to further restrict the already scarce alternatives available to families like the families who are living a nightmare at Miramonte Elementary.  We’ll talk with Larry about his new piece published today at Union Watch–CTA Sponsored Legislation Could Cripple Charter School Growth.

We’ll take your calls, questions and comments on the air at 1-805 639 0008, on FB instant chat or Twitter. 


I am a stand for liberty, integrity, empowerment, and prosperity for all people; a stand for vibrant and innovative small businesses that create jobs, that in the process of prospering, nurture and support creative and dynamic culture, in the work place, and in our personal lives.

 

Thank you for supporting our program, by listening, sponsoring, and or sharing this post with others. 

It’s a pleasure to share this program with 
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Tom Woods Interviews with Andrew Bacevich, Conservative Opponent of Empire, & Bacevich Reprises the True Meaning of to be Conservative

Tom Woods, sitting in for Peter Schiff on The Peter Schiff Show, interviews Andrew Bacevich here on My Interview with Andrew Bacevich, Conservative Opponent of Empire

Gadfly Radio with Martha Montelongo & CalWatchDog AM1400KKZZ Tuesday 1pm – 2pm PST

Judge Gray on public policy, safety and well being–Do our policies on drugs make us safer or break down our safety? Larry Sand on the CTA’s move to restrict Charter Schools as a choice to parents, while they push for passage of a massive tax hike, all in the wake of what the current system bred and fostered at Miramonte Elementary.
Gadfly Radio with Martha Montelongo & CalWatchDog AM1400KKZZ Tuesday 1pm – 2pm PST

Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog moves to LA Market

Starting February 7th, Gadfly Radio with Martha & CalWatchDog is audible on 1400 AM KKZZ on Tuesdays from 1 to 2 pm PT.   Listeners are also able to listen live on the web at 1400KKZZ.com or catch the podcast right here at GadflyRadio.com

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GovTrack: House Vote on Conference Report: H.R. 1540: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012

GovTrack: House Vote on Conference Report: H.R. 1540: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012

GovTrack: Senate Vote on Conference Report: H.R. 1540: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012

GovTrack: Senate Vote on Conference Report: H.R. 1540: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012

Zombiefied Drug Trade by Bill Bonner

“But one night, I’m in bed and these guys in combat gear bust down the door and point rifles at me and my wife. It was a SWAT team of some sort. And then my son came home. They asked him what he was doing there. He told them he lived there. So they arrested him too…

“Of course, the door wasn’t even locked. They could have just turned the doorknob. But I guess that wouldn’t have been so exciting…

“They let me out of jail in a matter of hours…but only after signing a paper saying we wouldn’t sue the police for false arrest, etc. If I didn’t sign the paper they said the arrest would be on my son’s record for life…”

Zombiefied Drug Trade by Bill Bonner

Opinion: Why we should regulate sugar like alcohol – CNN.com

Do you see how meddling busy body Govt knows no way to change your behavior or influence your behavior other than to tax you, or criminalize your behavior?

Maybe if we got literate informed critical thinkers for the billions of $ we spend on public Ed, more people would choose to monitor their own sugar intake, if they chose to.

Instead, all of our choices for sugar pleasures will be going up if these control freaks have their way.  And this will change our behavior how? 

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Researchers seeing similar effects from too much sugar and too much alcohol
  • Alcohol is simply the distillation of sugar, she says, and sugar should be taxed and regulated
  • Schmidt: We may be thinking about obesity and chronic disease in the wrong way
  • She says tackling obesity and chronic disease will be hard, but concerned people can do plenty

Opinion: Why we should regulate sugar like alcohol – CNN.com

A New Pot Legalization Proposal in California Gets Good Poll Numbers – Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

| February 1, 2012

The folks behind a proposed California ballot initiative called “Regulate Marijuana Like Wine” have issued the results of a poll they commissioned with some good news for those who want to see marijuana lose its criminality in the state:

A recent poll reveals that California voters, by a 62% to 35% margin, with 3% unsure, support a ballot initiative to regulate marijuana like wine.

The statewide poll, by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, Inc. surveyed 800 likely voters and found that 80% of the respondents agreed to the statement, “State and federal drug laws are outdated and have failed, therefore, we need to take a new approach that makes sense for today.”…

Click link below to read the whole article:
A New Pot Legalization Proposal in California Gets Good Poll Numbers – Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

Boondoggle Projects Threaten California with Third World Status

Gov. Jerry Brown has an interesting definition of “third world.”
 

In an interview with a San Francisco radio station last week, Brown said California would become “a Third World country” unless the state builds a ghastly $100 billion high-speed rail line that’s been fraught with mismanagement, cost overruns and shaky ridership projections.

It’s an odd claim, considering many third-world nations are characterized by crumbling infrastructure, failed boondoggle projects and constant budgetary trouble. In much of the third-world, a new leader will pour massive amounts of a nation’s fortune into a single prestige project, only to have it fail when poor planning, bureaucratic incompetence and malfeasance slowly eat up all the funds.

By this definition, California seems currently on track to become America’s third-world state. Just like high-speed rail, the same spending lobby is promoting a nearly $1 billion per year tax hike so that a politically appointed panel can dole out favors to cronies. The $1 billion in new taxes under Proposition 29 goes into a lockbox that only this politically-influenced commission can access. Not even in cases of waste or abuse can the Governor or the Legislature make any changes! Proposition 29 sounds like it was plucked straight from the playbook of some Latin American dictator or Middle Eastern sheikh.

Jerry Brown ought to find the nearest dictionary. Pouring money into boondoggle projects while neglecting vital services like education and public safety is the surest way for California to join the third-world. Until California can figure out how to pay for what it already has, voters need to say no to more new spending.