San Francisco Needs a Free Market, Not Free Water–My mother would call them cínicos, y hipocritas, cynics, hypocrites

Steven Greenhut writes in  a column at ...ironic: “In the past, San Francisco environmentalists and the Chronicle have supported river restoration efforts on the Trinity and Klamath Rivers, even if hydropower generation was … [Continue reading]

Unethical Unscrupulous Run CA and Literally Fleece and Plunder While Our Economy Weakens, Our Middle Class Shrinks.

Parks Scandal Highlights Government Mismanagement Amid a fervent campaign to convince the public that they should tax themselves $8.6 billion dollars more, Governor Brown’s Parks Department is under fire for a secret stash of $54 million dollars … [Continue reading]

Anaheim P.D.’s Criminally Violent Weekend and Track Record, with Gustavo Arrellano of OC Weekly

Tuesday, July 23, Gustavo Arrellano, reporter and editor for The OC Weekly   joins Martha Montelongo, with John Seiler, Managing Editor at, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal. We'll speak with Arrellano  about a … [Continue reading]

Not the Mortgage Crisis, Not the Economy, but Foolishness! Greenhut calls it, in “Bankrupt cities suffer for officials’ foolishness”

"California's exclusively Democratic leaders not only are unwilling to rein in the costs of benefits for their patrons, the public-sector unions, they have been erecting roadblocks in the paths of localities that want to fix the problem on their own. … [Continue reading]

Government Rip-offs & Rackets that Rob Children & Adults of Their Savings, and Future on Gadfly Radio Tues. at 10AM PT

Tuesday, July 17,  Wayne Lusvardi, regular contributor to,  self employed real-estate appraiser, and formerly an eminent domain appraiser for over 20 years,  joins Martha Montelongo, with John Seiler, Managing Editor at … [Continue reading]

Students vs. Status Quo: California lawsuits target teachers’ union work rules

Larry Sand writes about the approach reformers are taking to combat the impenetrable block the CA Teacher's Unions practices to prevent any kind of reform to policies such as seniority and tenure rules for teachers. When politics fails, … [Continue reading]

Debt Ridden Govt Agencies are Ganging Up on Little Guys–Predominanly Mexican Food Truck Owners

I met Tuesday in Santa Ana with about 12 owners of catering trucks — mobile eateries that sell mostly Mexican food — and they told a disturbing tale of how the state’s Orwellian-named tax agency, the Board of Equalization, is targeting and … [Continue reading]

Greenhut writes: First pensions, and now bankruptcy tsunami

July 12, 2012 By Steven Greenhut First Vallejo, then Stockton, then Mammoth Lakes and now San Bernardino. As Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach told Bloomberg News, the bankruptcy dominoes are starting to fall. One California city after … [Continue reading]

Travis Kiger on Fullerton Recall & Reform, Larry Sand on Powerful CTA Acts to Protect Child Molesters

Tuesday, July 10,  Travis Kiger, newly elected City Council Member for  The City of Fullerton, and an active contributor with Friends For Fullerton's Future Blog, joins Martha Montelongo, with John Seiler, Managing Editor at, and  … [Continue reading]

Sorry Mob, Your Rulers Have Spoken: California Senate Approves High Speed Rail–Reason Hit & Run

By Scott Shackford | July 6, 2012 Published at Reason Hit & Run You just lack vision, Californians. Here’s an intriguing paragraph from The Sacramento Bee’s breaking coverage that nicely illustrates why legislators would actually go … [Continue reading]

Steven Greenhut on California’s Latest Misguided Effort to Fix the Housing Crisis

Steven Greenhut on California’s Latest Misguided Effort to Fix the Housing Crisis Posted by on Friday Jul 6th at 11:00am Just as the housing industry is showing signs of recovery, California’s Democratic officials have passed a … [Continue reading]

Travis Keiger, Newly Elected And Sworn In City Councilman of Fullerton, CA on The New Majority in Office, and the Change They Pledged

There are plenty of cities in CA that are in hot water.  Stockton, followed closely by Mammoth Lakes are in bankruptcy. The City of Fullerton, CA, a City in Orange County, is unique in that they just ran a recall of three sitting Councilmen who … [Continue reading]

ObamaCare’s next stop and Minority Outreach and Winning Elections with Brian Calle, and Tom Donaldson

Tuesday, July 3, Brian Calle, O.C. Register columnist, and Editor in Chief for, on ObamaCare, A.K.A. The Affordable Care Act, and Tom Donaldson of Americas PAC on Minority Outreach and winning elections, join Martha Montelongo, with … [Continue reading]

Greenhut writes: Governor Brown Celebrates ObamaCare Ruling

Not a surprise. Gov. Jerry Brown is happy with the Supreme Court’s ObamaCare ruling: “Today’s dramatic Supreme Court ruling removes the last roadblock to fulfilling President Obama’s historic plan to bring health care to millions of … [Continue reading]

Brian Calle on the Health care ruling: a change in the relationship between government and the individual?

June 28th, 2012, With its decision to uphold most of President Barack Obama’s health care law, the U.S. Supreme Court rationalized that the government cannot force Americans to buy health insurance, but it can tax them if they do not. The … [Continue reading]

Betrayal on so many levels: The Affordable Care Act and the Supreme Court Decision to uphold the mandate by calling it by another name

John C. Goodman with The Independent Institute pens a piece, "Repeal and Replace" regarding The Affordable Care Act June 30, 2012, Townhall When Barack Obama was a candidate for president, he endorsed universal health insurance, but opposed … [Continue reading]

Teacher Claims Sweden Cares More and Spends More on Education Than the U.S.–Richard Rider Responds in Dollars and Sense

Richard Rider, San Diego Tax Fighter, Pens a Letter to the Editor at the Union Tribune--Rejected, he shares it with the public anyway, and I'm sharing it here.  We not only spend more, but he points out what does help Sweden out-perform the U.S.  … [Continue reading]

Drugs, Govt Corruption, Public Sector Unions’s Advantage on CA November Ballot Initiatives: Gadfly Radio

Tuesday, June 26,  Stephen Downing, Retired Deputy Chief of Police, and 20 Year Vet with L.A.P.D., and an active voice with  LEAP, joins Martha Montelongo, with Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal. Tune in LIVE at 10:00 a.m. PDT on … [Continue reading]

Tax Initiative gets approved, but what’s the hold up on Reform Initiative that was submitted earlier?

In California Forward Waits and Waits, Joel Fox writes: Is today the day the Secretary of State will announce if the California Forward governance reform initiative has the signatures necessary to appear on the November ballot? Time is running … [Continue reading]

A Life Long Republican, and Top Cop 20 Years on the Force Says for Safety Sake, Legalize drugs.

What if the best way to combat drug abuse, danger and violent crime is to legalize, and regulate? Life-long Republican, Stephen Downing,  spent 20 years with the Los Angeles Police Department. He started as a street cop and rose to deputy … [Continue reading]

Well It Looks Like Law Makers in Sacramento Do Have a Limit to How Much They Will Bend to Public Employee Union Dictates

Steven Greenhut on California Lawmakers Pushing Back Against Police Secrecy June 22, 2012 It’s dangerous to read too much into some small signs of sanity at the California state Capitol, writes Steven Greenhut, but the death of two obnoxious … [Continue reading]

California’s Legislators play fast and lose with taxpayer money, services, and resources they’re elected to protect

They make Wall St Shysters like JP Morgan's Jaime Dimon look like alter boys. In  California’s Bad Bet Makes JPMorgan’s Look Minor,  David Crane writes: California legislators on Sept. 10, 1999. They decided that investment gains would … [Continue reading]

Marcia Fritz, Fix Pensions Now: “We Can’t Afford to Party Like it’s 1999,” Joins Gadfly Radio to talk Dollars and Sense

Tuesday, June 19, on Gadfly Radio, Marcia Fritz, C.P.A., and an active voice for Fix Pensions First |, joins Martha Montelongo, with CalWatchDog's managing editor, John Seiler, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City … [Continue reading]

Steve Greenhut’s Take on the 2012 Fullerton Recall–People taking their governments back

Libertarian columnist Steve Greenhut wrote a recap on the Fullerton Recall, and put it in the context of people taking their governments back. He had lots of good things to say about the Recall and, and the folks posted the piece on … [Continue reading]

If they don’t come up with a budget today, no paycheck, but if it’s a wasteful fraud, S&P downgrades CA’s credit rating. Up Against the Wall!

Standard & Poor’s is threatening to downgrade California’s outlook if lawmakers don’t balance the budget without gimmicks. “We are  being disciplined by our lenders who will downgrade us for fudging,” said Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, … [Continue reading]

No matter how much it hurts, how many more jobs it kills, how less competitive it makes CA businesses, clean energy now, outrageous costs be damned.

The problem is that the state’s target for renewable energy generation is far ahead of the market for such energy. In fact, private R&D funding for renewable energy is $1 billion less than it was 10 years ago, according to the state energy … [Continue reading]

Pleasant Hill police chief retires, says CA pension so lucrative “it doesn’t make sense to keep working.”

Pleasant Hill police Chief Pete Dunbar to retire - … [Continue reading]

Post CA & WI Primaries Analysis with Wayne Lusvardi and John Seiler of CalWatchDog

Tuesday June 12, on Gadfly Radio,  Wayne Lusvardi joins Martha and John Seiler, managing editor of CalWatchDog, to discuss the election results of the  pension reform initiatives in San Diego, and  San Jose, the failed recall of Scott Walker in … [Continue reading]

What is Jerry Brown saying to Ed reformers in the Democratic Party base? He wants their support for the tax increases first. Keep talking, he says “we” hear you.

How bold are the reformers?  How firm do they stand? Or are they waiting, hoping, and prodding, but do not want to upset the establishment? Do they support the tax increases as necessary for real education reform? … [Continue reading]

In Tweet if You Love Pension Reform, June 7 in Fox & Hound, Marcia Fritz pitches a Hail Mary pass, a last ditch effort to get the CA Legislature to do the right thing

Fix Pensions First Launches an Urgent Twitter Campaign, and invites everyone to participate. They'll give you critical facts in small daily doses, so you don't get blown away, and so you can be compelled to be a part of a last ditch effort to reform … [Continue reading]

CalWatchDog’s Wayne Lusvardi sounds a warning bell not to get comfy with the pension reform measures just passed, even if they hold–the outlook is much worse

A pension reform ballot proposition was passed by the voters in the city of San Diego by a margin of 66.2 percent in favor to 33.8 percent opposed.. A similar pension reform measure in the city of San Jose is leading with 89.8 percent of the vote in … [Continue reading]

And Now Act 2 of the Dramatic Situation Between the Runnaway Train, i.e. the Public Sector Union’s Crushing Weight on California & the Battle for Reform

Here's a link and a excerpt: San Jose's mayor addresses legal challenges - Public Sector Inc. Forum By Steven Greenhut on June 6 Pull Quote: San Jose's unions didn't really fight the Measure B pension reform that passed with 70 percent of the … [Continue reading]

Robert Higgs Refutes Paul Krugman, & Primary Election Day in CA on Gadfly Radio

Tuesday, June 5, on Gadfly Radio, Robert Higgs, Senior Fellow in Political Economy for The Independent Institute and Editor of the Institute's quarterly journal The Independent Review, joins Martha Montelongo, CalWatchDog's managing editor, John … [Continue reading]

In “A Progressive’s Progress” Greenhut writes about what one authentic progressive is standing for in California

Steven Greenhut A Progressive’s Progress San Jose mayor Chuck Reed shows how Democrats can take the lead on public-pension reform. 30 May 2012 Skyrocketing compensation costs for public employees are forcing California municipalities to … [Continue reading]

Real Progressives who authentically care about the poor should support Gov Scott Walker

GREENHUT: Real progressives should support WI’s Scott Walker By Watchdog Staff / May 30, 2012 / "...once-proud movement of working people who fought oppression has morphed into an upper-middle-class movement of coddled public employees who … [Continue reading]

A Democratic Tea Party and a Turning Point on Opposition to the War On Drugs and Political Suicide

"Mr. O'Rourke's stance in favor of marijuana legalization is also something to watch. Conventional wisdom holds that such a view will kill a political career. But Mr. O'Rourke may have been helped by it. Don't forget that Cuidad Juarez, where … [Continue reading]

Public Employees, the new aristrocracy that rules CA: Slashes to services for the poor while they get pay raises

California Workers Get Pay Bump Even as Brown Seeks Cuts By Michael B. Marois - May 29, 2012  As California Governor Jerry Brown seeks a temporary 5 percent pay cut from public employees to fill the largest state deficit in the U.S., many of … [Continue reading]

CA Election Races & Ballot Props w/ Chris Reed of CalWhine & Gadfly’s Ben & Martha

Tuesday, May 28, on Gadfly Radio, Chris Reed of joins Martha Montelongo, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal. We're discussing the hot races in next Tuesday's, June 5th, CA Primary. We'll talk about the race for … [Continue reading]

CA Lawmakers exemplify definition of insanity–The more harm they cause, the more they copy failed EU States, and cause yet more harm

Consider California, Illinois EU-Style Failed States By HOWARD RICH 05/22/2012 06:09 PM ET Brown is pushing to raise California's sales tax (already the highest in the nation) from 7.25% to 7.5%. He also wants to slap higher income-tax rates on … [Continue reading]

CA Assembly passes bill to protect “public servants” from investigative reporters who seek to out fraud, waste, and abuse of public funds, trust, & welfare

"The state is about to destroy the most significant source of public records, and create an open invitation to fraud and theft in order to combat a phantom threat. The bill was introduced by a legislator who ought to know better, Mike Feuer (D-Los … [Continue reading]

Uh-oh, more than one in five cities in California face bankruptcy

By Troy Senik on May 24, 2012 1:53 PM At least three California cities -- Stockton, Mammoth Lakes and Montebello -- have declared that they are exploring the [bankruptcy] option. And at least 100 of the state's 482 cities are on track to … [Continue reading]

Why is the GOP forever shrinking in CA? It’s the incongruity!

Steven Greenhut: If you wonder why the GOP is having such hard times, one need only look at the goings-on in Orange County, where Republican Party Chairman Scott Baugh is pulling out all the stops to ensure the election to the board of supervisors of … [Continue reading]

Jerry Brown is the Great Dissembler

Steven Greenhut | More Gimmicks, Less Honesty | California continues to play budget games | 17 May 2012 As the Sacramento Bee reports, “The state budget deficit had grown by a remarkable 70 percent since January, but fiscal experts said the … [Continue reading]

Should I Stay or Should I go? Greenhut says Conservatives should stay in CA

Yes, There’s a Case for Staying in California: Steven Greenhut "Just as California progressives view their first-in-the-nation ideas such as cap-and-trade as a means to push the entire nation to the left, so too could conservatives and centrists … [Continue reading]

Jim Manzi discusses “Uncontrolled: The Surprising Payoff of Trial-and-Error for Business, Politics, and Society”; Plus: American Dream Goin’ South and California’s Proposed Cigarette Tax, This Week on Gadfly Radio

Join us live Tuesday, 10 a.m. PDT, on, CRN1, for another spirited edition of Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog. Martha Montelongo could not stay away from the microphone for long, so she's returning from her road trip a week … [Continue reading]

This Week on Gadfly Radio: Troy Senik on the “Worst Union in America”; Plus: Jerry Brown and California’s Greek Ways

Join us live on Tuesday, 10 a.m. PDT, on, CRN1, for another lively edition of Gadfly Radio! Troy Senik, has a dynamite article in the Spring issue of City Journal: "The Worst Union in America: How the California Teachers Association … [Continue reading]

The Occupy Protesters are a mish mosh of divergent factions, but at least they’re angry. Greenhut ponders why are most people not angry over the harm done under guise of Government?

"The problem is not with one agency, but with the vast expansion of federal and state government, which takes our money and freedoms and leaves a path of destruction wherever it goes. Sure the Occupy protesters are annoying. But the real surprise is … [Continue reading]

Should the Govt make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinations for their kids? Govt is killing CA

Tuesday, May 8, on Gadfly Radio,  join Martha Montelongo, with John Seiler, managing Editor at, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal. Tune in LIVE at 10:00 a.m. PDT on or on USTREAM TV's … [Continue reading]

Does Being GOP “Moderates” equal Being Unprincipled, Tax Hiking, Union Backers.

Schwarzenegger’s Bizarre Analysis Steven Greenhut: I love it when politicians have their chance in power, squander their opportunities, then spend the rest of their career lecturing us about how to reform government. Arnold Schwarzenegger was … [Continue reading]

Government is not the answer! How does Govt make life worse? Steven Greenhut spells it out!

Entrepreneurs take risks. They often fail, but they sometimes make great strides forward. Government employees, on the other hand, go to jobs where they cannot be fired except in the most extreme circumstances. They regulate us and provide … [Continue reading]