GadflyRadio CA Elections 2012 with Brian Calle as special guest

Tuesday Oct 16, 2012, at 10 AM PT, Martha Montelongo, with John Seiler, managing editor at CalWatchDog.com, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal welcome Brian Calle, Senior Fellow with Pacific Research Institute and Editor in Chief at CalWatchDog.com.

This is Gadfly Radio’s last show. Brian Calle joins us to talk about the statewide initiatives on the ballot, and the significant role of Public Employee Unions in the elections of November 2012.

We’ll also talk about special races and local initiatives on a few city ballots, as a means to shore up local control over their finances and decisions.

The multimillion dollar feud between Molly Munger and Gov Brown may be toning down.  How has it served the taxpayer? If Munger really backs down, will this help Brown’s Prop 30 to recover?

Everyone can share how they’re voting in this upcoming election.
Related Links:
Unions dominate California ballot propositions
by Brian Calle | October 14th, 2012,  OC Register

No ‘global warming’ for 16 years
Can we cancel AB 32 now?
By John Seiler | Oct. 15, 2012, CalWatchDog.com

State government is always growing
Oct. 15, 2012 Katy Grimes: It appears that California state government is thriving and growing…

Cities vying for local control on Nov. ballot
Oct. 16, 2012 By Katy Grimes

In addition to a government reform ballot initiative attempting to stop unions from using employee dues for political purposes, three cities have initiatives on the November ballot asking voters to allow a constitutional change to become charter cities.

Prop. 32 could end union stranglehold on government
Oct. 16, 2012 By Dave Roberts “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”

Brown rebuffs corporate welfare
Oct. 14, 2012 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO — In much of the country, the mere mention of the name, Jerry Brown, signifies the otherworldly nature of California politics.

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CA Open Primary Bodes Change in Balance of Power–Allan Hoffenblum’s analysis on probable and likely winners and losers

Tuesday Oct 9, 2012, at 10 AM PT, Martha Montelongo, with John Seiler, managing editor at CalWatchDog.com, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal welcome Allan Hoffenblum, Publisher of the California Target Book, owner of Allan Hoffenblum & Associates and contributor to Fox & Hounds Daily.

Due to redistricting and the new top two Open Primary, there will be more competitive races for congress and the state legislature this November than we have seen in this state in over a decade. L.A. Times reports “Recent developments put the party within reach of gaining the two seats it needs for a two-thirds majority in the Legislature’s upper house.”

Allan Hoffenblum,  publisher of the California Target Book, wrote a four-part series for Fox & Hounds Daily, describing where those competitive races will be.   We’ll talk Hoffenblum about what these developments mean for the people and the politics of CA.

We’ll ask him what he thinks about the propositions on the ballot too.  CalWatchDog has a lot of coverage on the initiatives, with two propositions, Prop 30 and Prop 32 testing the political grip the special interests and public employee unions have on CA’s voters and their support.

Target Races: 

Part One: State Assembly

• Part Two: State Senate 

• Part Three: Congress 

Part Four: Same Party Runoff

Related Links:
A Democratic supermajority for California’s Senate?
Recent developments put the party within reach of gaining the two seats it needs for a two-thirds majority in the Legislature’s upper house.
October 06, 2012|By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times

Democrats May Get Two-thirds Majority in California Senate
October 8th, 2012 | by Michael Burg | DailyPolitical.com

Crazifornia: Moneyball time in Sacramento
Oct. 8, 2012 | By Laer Pearce | CalWatchDog.com

“…Should Prop 30 fail in November, Brown will have a chance to start playing Moneyball. Here are some ideas for the manager of the major league Sacramento Spenders…”

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Mark Cabaniss, Chris Reed on Gadfly Radio: Public Employee Pension Costs, and the 50-ton Godzilla in the room

Tuesday Oct 2, 2012, at 10 AM PT, Martha Montelongo, with John Seiler, managing editor at CalWatchDog.com, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal welcome  Mark Cabaniss, and Chris Reed. 

 

Mark Cabaniss is an attorney from Kelseyville, CA. He has worked as a prosecutor and public defender. In September he penned two articles for CalWatchDog:

Yes, we can break public-employee pensions
Sept. 20, 2012

Even if politicians’ pensions are contracts protected by the Constitution, they are still breakable. In pretending otherwise, the politicians are lying. In other words, merely noting that pensions are contracts protected by the Constitution is not the end of analysis, but only the beginning, for all contracts are breakable, and all constitutional rights are subject to limits.

Breaking public-employee pensions: The political path
Sept. 27, 2012

The most important of the contract law doctrines that could be used to get out from under current pensions is the doctrine of mistake. According to that doctrine, the current pensions were granted while relying on mistaken assumptions, specifically, unrealistic projected future pension fund investment returns which have turned out to be too high.

The second contract law doctrine which might be used to get out of onerous pensions is that the money simply isn’t there to pay excessive pensions (the current highest in California is, ha-ha, $302,492 per year). The legal arguments, as well as the political arguments, are the strongest for reforming the very highest pensions, those in excess of $100,000 per year.

Chris Reed, Publisher of CalWhine.com, Editorial Writer with San Diego Union Tribune, and contributor to CalWatchDog.com, recently penned two articles concerning CA’s Teacher’s Unions and their power in Sacramento.
The sad reason Steinberg’s right about significance of his education bill
Sept. 28, 2012

and

The ‘nut graph’ you’ll never see in a state government story
Oct. 1, 2012

Here’s a one-paragraph version that should be the basis of what journos call the “nut graph” of most stories about state spending and state priorities:

“The members of the most powerful political force in state politics, the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers, get far more money from taxpayers than any other single group. The teacher unions’ power derives from the automatic dues deducted from teachers’ paychecks, meaning taxpayers directly fund the lobbying and political operations of Sacramento’s most influential entity.”

Ben Boychuk has a piece recently published in the NY Post:
Jerry Brown’s tax-hike hail mary

“…Brown might just find a way to hike taxes without Prop. 30, if Democrats can pick up those four legislative seats in November. Earlier this month, he told the editors of The San Francisco Chronicle that if Prop. 30 loses, ‘we’re not going to go out to the people again. Because we’ve tried it.'”

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Lisa Snell, of Reason on Education v. Politics in CA, Nov 2012 Elections

Tuesday September 24, 2012, at 10 AM PT, Martha Montelongo, with John Seiler, managing editor at CalWatchDog.com, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal welcome Lisa Snell, director of education and child welfare at Reason Foundation.

Lisa has recently been debating some formidable adversaries concerning some of the ballot initiatives.   We’ll talk with her about Prop 30, and 38, and of course I have to ask her for her thoughts on Prop 32, the initiative the public employee unions are going all out to defeat, and which former Senator Gloria Romero, the Director of CA Democrats for Education Reform, supports.

Two  Fridays ago, Lisa and her husband were part of a gathering of activists invited to a private screening of the film, Won’t Back Down. which was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Bonnie Reiss, the new Global Director of the new USC Schwarzenegger Institute.   Reiss presided over an impressive all star panel which included Leyla Avila, Exec V.P. of TNTP Gabriel Medel, Founder of Parents for Unity, Julie Collier, Founder of Parents Advocat League, Michelle Rhee, CEO/Founder of Students First, and Daniel Barnz,  the film Director of  Won’t Back Down.  The movie premieres this Friday, so we’ll have a few words about it too.

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Yes, we specialize in serious journalism
by Steven Greenhut | September 24, 2012 | Watchdog.org

The following is  Steven Greenhut’s response to “‘Serious, point-of-view journalism’?,” a Columbia Journalism Review article about Watchdog.org. CJR declined to print the response, but instead asked us to post it in its comments section. CJR’s reporter did not contact Watchdog.org or the Franklin Center (Watchdog’s parent organization) for a comment before publishing its story. (Click here to read on.)

 

CA Spotlight on Chicago Teachers Union Strike: Battle over Education v Warehousing, Accountability v Mediocrity

Tuesday September 18, 2012, at 10 AM PT, Martha Montelongo, with John Seiler, managing editor at CalWatchDog.com, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal welcome Larry Sand, President of California Teacher’s Empowerment Network CTENhome.org

We’ll speak with Larry, Ben and John about the Chicago Teacher’s Union Strike, the brokered deal that was not good enough, the demands, and the impact on reform, particularly in CA.

We’ll also talk with Larry about rackets teachers unions in CA use to up their pay.   It’s not about performance, and the Hollywood motion picture coming out September 28 loosely based on The Parent Trigger Law.

Last Friday, Larry and I both attended a screening of the film, which was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Bonnie Reiss, named Global Director of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute in 2012.  She presided over an impressive all star panel which included Leyla Avila, Exec V.P. of TNTP  Gabriel Medel, Founder of Parents for Unity, Julie Collier, Founder of Parents Advocat League, Michelle Rhee,  CEO/Founder, Students First,  and Daniel Barnz, Director, Won’t Back Down.  Each of these individuals have accomplished extraordinary results in their disciplines, and each was an inspiration.

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Won’t Back Down Moive

Chicago teachers stifle reform

Viewpoints: Chicago teachers’ strike matters to California

Whitney Tilson’s emails’ coverage on CTU’s Strike–some excerpts

Out of the Equation
California courts educational failure if it does away with eighth-grade algebra.

14 September 2012

Contract on California
How useless “professional-development” classes for teachers cost taxpayers billions

23 September 2011
Court hearing to wait a day, union to meet Tuesday

Labor law experts did agree on a couple of points, however. One is that it will be very tough to prove that the strike represents a clear and present danger to public health and safety. “We’ve never had a teachers strike enjoined under this standard since the statute took effect,” Malin said.

Another point took the form of a question: Would a judge up for retention be willing to rule against the labor unions that historically have played a key role in city elections? Flynn is seeking retention on the Nov. 6 ballot.

“You tell me what chancery judge is going to issue an injunction against the teachers union,” Platt said. “Believe me, the unions have long memories. Every union is going to remember this judge … come election time.”

Police Unions Employ Mob Style Tactics to Protect and Expand Their Power and Profits

Tuesday September 4, 2012, at 10 AM PT, Martha Montelongo, with John Seiler, Managing Editor at CalWatchDog.com welcome Adam Elmahrek, who, last Tuesday, reported on Police Unions Bullying City Councilmen, in this Voice of OC article.
(Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal is out this week.)

Update:  Wayne Lusvardi will be joining us on Gadfly.   He’s got a new piece up at CalWatchDog.com:  

Prop. 31 would regionalize state revenue sharing
Wayne Lusvardi | Aug. 30, 2012 | CalWatchDog.com
I asked Wayne to help me understand what it means to me, in one sentence, two including a byline:

Prop 31 is a mixed bag but has more bad than good in it.  It would likely divert State funds from suburban cities to big cities with large unfunded pension liabilities that are running budget deficits.  
It is being oversold as a state budget efficiency measure but it is really a way for the governor to grab more power away from the legislature and work independently with strategic area plan committees to do local projects. 

I get it now.   We’ll talk with Wayne about this horrific bill!  Why are Republicans backing it?  What is their spin on it?  Do they not get it, or do they not care?

We’ll talk with Adam Elmahrek about his news report at Voice of OC:

“Members of a handful of Orange County city councils Tuesday told stories of attempts by police unions to bully them into voting for generous labor contracts and said a flood of similar revelations is yet to come.

In a news conference led by Costa Mesa Councilman Jim Righeimer outside Costa Mesa City Hall, two council members from Buena Park and one from Fullerton recalled how their cities’ police associations had a councilman followed, blogged that officers should target cars belonging to council members’ children and bullied women employees at a local coffee shop that posted campaign signs supporting a councilman.

The allegations come just days after Righeimer accused unions of orchestrating a botched attempt to have him arrested for drunk driving.

The common thread, the council members said, was controversial law firm Lackie, Dammeier & McGill, which does labor contract negotiations consulting work for police unions. The law firm had posted on its website a slew of bullying strategies to secure lucrative labor contracts, the Orange County Register reported earlier this month.”

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A Darker Shade of Blue
By Steven Greenhut | Sept. 3, 2012 | CalWatchdog.com

“What you have here is police associations and their law firms hiring private detectives to dig up dirt on elected officials that they can then use to extort them, embarrass them, or worse, in order to get the elected official to vote against the best interests of the city to protect themselves,” Righeimer told me. “That’s the definition of extortion.”

Police Unions Cross Line While Bullying Public Officials
California cops employ mafia-style tactics against their critics.
Steven Greenhut | August 31, 2012 | Reason.com

How police play hardball at bargaining table
Tony Saavedra, Register investigative reporter | August 16th, 2012 | O.C. Register
There is a link in this article to the website for the Upland law firm Lackie, Dammeier & McGill, which featured “their play book for twisting arms during impasse negotiations,” but the content on the law firm’s page has been removed, and reads this instead:

“This portion of the material has been removed from the website. What was intended to be informational, historical and educational material has been misconstrued by some as advice on negotiations “tactics.” Accordingly, to avoid the misperception, [they must mean misconception, or then again, maybe not] the information has been removed.”

Police Unions Bullying City Council Members–This is the Hammer, Jerry’s Pension Reform is the Puppet Show
GadflyRadio.com | August 30, 2012
The two houses have passed and sent to the Gov for signing, AB 2451, which extends the number of years a claim may be filed for a work related fatal injury or illness, from 4 years to 9.

Nero Fiddles While Rome Burns–Here’s what’s in store for cities across CA unless we shut off the spigot that feeds the beast

GadflyRadio.com  | August 30, 2012
A prescient report by Tony Saavedra on The City of Stanton, a haunting look into the near future for many cities in CA.

“The Biggest Reason Why California is Bankrupt” by Conor Friedersdorf explodes with bold, sharp, focus!
GadflyRadio.com | August 28, 2012

“…California’s state government had 9.3 percent more employees in 2011 than it did 10 years earlier – closely tracking overall population growth – but its payroll costs had jumped by 42.4 percent, according to a new Census Bureau report.

Needless to say, California residents are not earning 42.4 percent more than they were just prior to 9/11…”

Chamber launches ‘California Comeback’
Joseph Perkins | Aug. 31, 2012 | CalWatchdog.com

In CA is Relief by Reform Dead? Serious problems with no relief from the law makers

Tuesday August 28, 2012, at 10 AM PT, Martha Montelongo, with John Seiler, Managing Editor at CalWatchDog.com, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal welcome Troy Anderson, to discuss his recent article published on CalWatchDog.com, Stockton leads tsunami of Calif bankruptcies.

As a growing number of cities in California are contemplating or filing bankruptcy, some pension experts say they are disappointed that the cities are choosing to default on their debts and cut public services instead of dealing with the exploding costs of public pensions.

“They won’t touch pensions,” says Joe Nation, a professor of the practice of public policy at Stanford University. “In the case of Vallejo, they literally reduced the number of police officers by about one-half. It’s horrible. They don’t want to even take modest steps to deal with the pension problem.”

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Stockton leads tsunami of Calif. bankruptcies
By Troy Anderson | CalWatchDog.com | Aug 27, 2012

Fighting public service ‘corruption’
By Steven Greenhut | CalWatchDog.com | Aug. 27, 2012

Bluto’s Ghost: Reform — Dead!
By Joel Fox | Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee | Fox & Hounds Daily | Aug 27th, 2012

Troy Anderson is an award-winning reporter and editorial writer at the Los Angeles Daily News, The Press-Enterprise and other newspapers for 20 years.  He writes for Reuters, Newsmax, CalWatchdog.com and many other media outlets. His stories have also appeared in the Chicago Tribune, The Huffington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury-News. He’s won more than two dozen writing awards, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and was featured as an investigative reporter in The McGraw-Hill book, “Careers For Puzzle-Solvers & Other Methodical Thinkers.”

A magazine he writes for – Rebel – won a 2011 Eddie Award for the best series of articles, the “Rebel With a Cause” feature he writes.  He can be reached at troyanderson.writer@gmail.com.

Jack Humpreville–Stop the Pension Scams-Yes on Prop 32 & Hubris to the N’th Degree–Forget the Judge’s Ruling–Doors Remain Locked to Parents and their Children’s Education

Tuesday August 21, 2012, at 10 AM PT,  Martha Montelongo, with John Seiler, Managing Editor at CalWatchDog.com, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal welcome Jack Humpreville, the LA Watchdog for CityWatch and David Phelps, National Communications Director for The Parent Revolution.
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Jack Humphreville, LA Watchdog of LA CityWatch, on the central role of Public Employee Pensions in the Tsunami of of fiscal bankruptcies coming to cities throughout the state of California, and why he advocates a Yes on Prop 32.

Jack Humphreville writes LA Watchdog for CityWatch He is the President of the DWP Advocacy Committee and the Ratepayer Advocate for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council. Humphreville is the publisher of the Recycler — www.recycler.com . He can be reached at: lajack@gmail.com.

David Phelps, new National Communications Director for The Parent Revolution on the shocking hubris of the Adelanto School Board which decided to ignore a judge’s order in the Desert Trails (Calif.) Parent Trigger Petition decision handed down 30-days ago by Judge Steve Malone in the San Bernardino Superior Court. We’ll also talk with David about the upcoming Hollywood film, “Won’t Back Down,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, inspired by real events. “Won’t Back Down” premiering in September, is the dramatic story of a community taking back and fixing its failing school.

Related Links:
CalPERS Thuggery Highlights Pension Scam
By Jack Humphreville | 08.16.2012

Won’t Back Down – In theaters September 28

Trailer for Won’t Back Down

Adelanto School Board Decides To Violate Court Ruling on Desert Trails Parent Trigger Petition

Victorville, Calif. – August 18, 2012 – In the wake of Superior Court Judge Steve Malone’s historic July 18 ruling in favor of the Desert Trails Parent Union (DTPU) Parent Trigger Petition the Adelanto school board on Friday night, August 17, voted to flagrantly violate Judge Malone’s order and to continue its never ending attempts to preserve the status quo at any cost.

Proposition 32: A fraud to end all frauds
Proposition 32, on the November ballot, is nothing but an attack by Republicans and conservatives on unions and their members.

Steven Greenhut: Bankruptcy no panacea for pension mess
OC Register | Aug. 17, 2012 Updated: Aug. 18, 2012 9:20 a.m.

Moody’s Warns of Mass California Municipal Bankruptcies
By Chriss Street | August 18, 2012

Former CA State Senator Gloria Romero, DFER stands up to Union Bosses, for “Yes on Prop 32″

Senator Romero joins Gadfly Radio Tuesday, Aug 14, at 10 am PT. Romero has always been a champion for civil liberties, throughout her entire career as an elected official. She was a teacher before she went into politics and she has always been popular and respected for her courage and bold leadership on issues that bear a disproportionally heavy impact on poor black and Latino communities.
Tuesday,  Aug 14, Former Senator Gloria Romero,  joins Martha Montelongo, with John Seiler, Managing Editor at CalWatchDog.com, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal.
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Former Senator Romero’s convictions run deep. As a life long Democrat, she continues to champion fundamental civil rights and dignity with courage and bold leadership.  She and the California Chapter of Democrats for Education Reform boldly stand for Proposition 32, against the power of the CA Democratic Party and the union bosses who want to hold on to their dues and power no matter what. 

If money and grassroots networks rule, the odds are against Prop 32, simply because of the amount of money that the unions will contribute to the NO on 32 campaign. A brief summary of the largest donors’ with contributions over $50K as of July 8, 2012 on Ballot-Pedia show the Yes on 32 side outspent by a margin of 6 to 1. This is not the final tally.  The No side will have the deepest, largest pockets and the ratio will persist and broaden up to the finish line.

Despite the main stream media covering for the bosses and their bought and paid for politicians, the average voters are on to them.  Will outspending Yes on 32 ten to one  prevent what happened in Wisconsin?    Have things gotten bad enough here yet for the average to understand why roads and schools and parks and services are falling away?

We’ll cover the stories we didn’t get to last week, with John Seiler and Ben Boychuk. We’ll talk with John Seiler on his piece about The Great Rip-Off. Police Chiefs and other municipal administrators who are earning higher salaries retired, than when they were working. They’re earning six figure incomes, and cities have revolving doors of new hires, and new retirees. It’s like a looting taking place in broad daylight, and no one to stop it, because the people the public would expect to serve and protect us are the ones doing the looting.

Related Links:

StopSpecialInterests.org for “Yes on 32″ Campaign information.
Unions air statewide radio ads against Prop. 32
August 7, 2012 | 4:51 pm

California Proposition 32, the “Paycheck Protection” Initiative (2012) Ballot-Pedia

Behind the Prop 32 Curtain
Steve Smith | Aug 8, 2012 | The California Majority Report

Of course Prop. 32 would slam unions
Aug. 9, 2012 | By John Seiler | CalWatchDog

LA’s Pending Insolvency and Prop 32
By Jack Humphreville | Fox & Hound Daily | Friday Aug 10, 2012
LA Watchdog writer for CityWatch, President of the DWP Advocacy Committee, Ratepayer Advocate for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, and Publisher of the Recycler
Friday, August 10th, 2012

Good-government groups call Proposition 32 deceptive I read this title as “Good Government” groups call Proposition 32 deceptive.
LA Times | Jul 23, 2012
Representatives of the League of Women Voters of California and Common Cause denounced Proposition 32…

Stephen Downing on Redress for Anaheim, Wayne Lusvardi Outs the Big Ruse–Hidden State Funds? Really? John Seiler on Highway Robbery by Cops

Tuesday, August 7, Retired L.A.P.D. Deputy Chief of Police, Stephen Downing, and Wayne Lusvardi join Martha Montelongo, with John Seiler, Managing Editor at CalWatchDog.com, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal.
Stephen Downing, Retired Deputy Chief of Police, L.A.P.D. joins us to discuss the issues with Anaheim. Points to consider for redress. How to foster peace officers to serve and protect, and to work with the communities they serve, and not occupy them.

Wayne Lusvardi joins us to talk about the big magic show acts hailing from Sacramento. John Laird, an old life long progressive from Santa Cruz, now a CA State Senator from the region of environmentalist rulers, appears in the middle of a big ruse, a trick to deceive and dissemble to the pubic. What’s the real story behind all the supposedly “hidden funds?”

John Seiler on The Great Rip-Off. Police Chiefs and other municipal administrators who are earning higher salaries retired, than when they were working. They’re earning six figure incomes, and cities have revolving doors of new hires, and new retirees. It’s like a looting taking place in broad daylight, and no one to stop it, because the people the public would expect to serve and protect us are the ones doing the looting.
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Related Links:
Quiet protest outside Disneyland | police, outside, biggest | The Orange County Register | Aug. 4, 2012 | By Mary Ann Milbourn
Mom to stop marching in weekly Anaheim police protests | The Orange County Register | August 5, 2012 |by Eric Carpenter

Theresa Smith says she appreciates support from peaceful protesters in recent weeks, and she wants to ‘do positive things.’…
…Jaclyn Conroy, of Anaheim Hills, whose nephew Justin Hertl was shot and killed by police in 2003, said she will continue protesting. She marched with other protesters to Disneyland on Sunday.

“It puts a tear in my eye that people from outside the area have come to support us,” she said. “They’ve helped bring a national spotlight and that allows us here locally to talk to people about the problems we’re having with police.”

Anaheim shootings, protests: Anger, politics, power | The Orange County Register | By Doug Irving, Eric Carpenter, Denisse Salazar and Alejandra Molina

In June – a month before the most recent shootings and subsequent protests – three Latino leaders filed suit against the city, demanding changes in city government. Their lawsuit, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, calls for council members to be elected by districts rather than at-large; a change they believe would break up the Anaheim Hills’ political dominance and encourage more people from more neighborhoods to run for office.

One of the leaders who filed suit, Jose Moreno, 42, a trustee of the Anaheim City School District and president of the group Los Amigos, said the city and its Police Department have work to do to improve relations with Latinos.

“Police don’t do their work in a vacuum,” he said. “For them to rebuild relationships in our communities, we need to feel like part of the political system – like we are sharing in the resources of this city.

“In the same way, kids don’t decide to join gangs in a vacuum. Those city resources aren’t coming to us.”

‘AFRAID TO COME OUT’
Police estimate that 2,500 documented gang members claim turf in Anaheim. They belong to some 35 active gangs – all, police say, are Latino except for one African American gang.

By comparison, the police force arrayed against them is overwhelmingly white. The department has 363 officers; 82 are Hispanic and 249 are white. [ Ethnic make up of the police aside–the City Council can be responsible for police practices, policies and community relations.]

The relationship between Anaheim’s police force and its Latino communities has long been strained.

Mayor takes on Anaheim violence | CalWatchDog | August 6, 2012 | by Steven Greenhut

Unfortunately, in my view, the city’s Police Department has embraced the wrong kind of policing methods — ones that are unkind and tend to undermine people’s freedom. I don’t see police officials there using their brains to handle a situation resulting, in part, from overly aggressive policing tactics and insufficient police accountability and transparency.

Clearly, the cultural changes the mayor is trying to implement in the city bureaucracy need to filter into the police department — a point Tait also makes.

Steven Greenhut: Mayor on right path in Anaheim | Opinion – The Orange County Register | August 3, 2012

In Anaheim, voting by district could alter the power dynamic | Los Angeles Times | August 4, 2012 | Nicole Santa Cruz, Doug Smith and Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times

Anaheim is now under growing pressure to switch to district voting, which usually makes it easier for minority groups to win council seats.

Fund transfers are purging earmarks from state budget | CalWatchDog | August 1, 2012 | by Wayne Lusvardi

Park fund scandal a ruse to grab gas tax funds from off-roaders | CalWatchDog| August 6, 2012 | by Wayne Lusvardi

Stockton police chief rips off $204K pension | CalWatchDog | by John Seiler | August 6, 2012

Police Chief’s $204,000 Pension Shows How Cities Crashed | Bloomberg | By Alison Vekshin, James Nash and Rodney Yap | Jul 31, 2012

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 CalWatchDog.com,  self employed real-estate appraiser, and formerly an eminent domain appraiser for over 20 years,  joins Martha Montelongo, with John Seiler, Managing Editor at CalWatchDog.com, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal.

Also on the program, Larry Sand, President of CTEN, frequent contributor at L.A. Daily News, L.A. Times, City Journal, Union Watch, and more.

Almost half of CA’s budget goes to pay for Education, yet we’re at the bottom, or second from the bottom in results.  The CA Teacher’s Union and all their bought and paid for politicians at all levels of government block any reforms, even the most narrowly tailored,  that would modestly improve the chances for poor and lower middle class kids to have access to quality teachers and schools.

Two lawsuits have just been filed, to take on the teacher’s union, in the courts.  Larry Sand will fill us in.

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Related links:

US Housing Crisis – Negative Equity Infographic – Zillow

Bad news for CA housing recovery | CalWatchDog
July 9, 2012
By Steven Greenhut

Should San Berdoo cherry pick underwater mortgages? | CalWatchDog
July 13, 2012 | By Wayne Lusvardi

What a ripoff. San Bernardino County wants to use eminent domain to let a private mortgage lender cherry pick “underwater” mortgages without paying damages to the lenders. Doing so supposedly would stimulate the resale market for homes.

Eminent domain mass delusion hits San Berdoo | CalWatchDog
July 16, 2012 | by Wayne Lusvardi

“…the mania of the San Bernardino County Joint Powers Authority to seize “underwater mortgages” on homes through the use of eminent domain.”

Students vs. Status Quo–California lawsuits target teachers’ union work rules. by Larry Sand – City Journal | June 6, 2012

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 CalWatchDog.com, and  Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal.

Also joining us is Larry Sand,  President of CTEN, frequent contributor at L.A. Daily News, L.A. Times, City Journal, Union Watch, and more.

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Travis Kiger talks with us about being a newly elected and sworn in City Councilman of Fullerton, CA, the new majority now in office, and the changes they pledged to make.

Larry Sands talks with us about “the defeat” on June 27, 2012, “of a proposed law that would have made it easier for school districts to fire teachers in cases of sexual and other egregious misconduct has shone a spotlight on the strong sway of the California Teachers Association, widely considered the state’s most politically influential labor union with more than 325,000 members.

Related Links:

Former City Manager Chris Meyer Shares Wisdom; Recipients Underwhelmed

Defeat of Calif. teacher bill shows union power – SFGate CHRISTINA HOAG, Associated Press, June 28, 2012

L.A. Sheriffs set the standard for dealing with the homeless By Tori Richards, CalWatchDog.com |July 9, 2012 and published on Friends for Fullerton’s Future same day.

Dysfunction @ County Reaches Rock Bottom By The Fullerton Shadow, Fullertonsfuture.org | July 9, 2012

 Kelly Thomas killing aftermath: Reforming how cops deal with the homeless by Tori Richards | CalWatchDog.com and also published on Friends for Fullerton’s Future, July 5, 2012

New Council Kills Illegal Water Tax By Admin, July 4, 2012 |Friends for Fullerton’s Future Blog

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 RadioMarcia Fritz, C.P.A., and an active voice for Fix Pensions First | FixPensionsFirst.com, joins Martha Montelongo, with CalWatchDog‘s managing editor, John Seiler, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal.

Tune in LIVE at 10:00 a.m. PDT on CRNtalk.com or on USTREAM TV’s CRNStudioLive!”

Related links for the show:
Viewpoints: When it comes to pensions, we can’t afford to party like it’s 1999 | Fix Pensions First

April 16th

By Marcia Fritz

The Legislature has until June 28 to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would require all state and local government employees to contribute one-half the cost of their pensions. Future employees would be eligible for a hybrid plan that includes a defined benefit (pension) component, but with limits. The balance of the governor’s plan can be enacted through legislation.

Paying half of pension costs won’t be a shock to teachers and state employees – most pay half or close to half today. But thousands of local government employees retire at 55, collect six-figure pensions and lifetime health care benefits, and contribute nothing to their retirement plans.

Voters douse most tax-increase fires | CalWatchDog
June 15, 2012

By Dave Roberts

“…Despite fire tax proponents spending $177,000 (to zero spending by opponents), the tax hike failed to gain a majority of the vote, let alone the two-thirds required to pass.

It was always going to be a tough sell asking for an additional $2,200 per home over 10 years when most people have lost 39 percent of their net worth in the last three years and many are still staggering from the aftershocks of the Great Recession. But the district board decided to go for it anyway, doing the bidding of the firefighters union as it seeks to increase salaries, benefits and jobs.

Fire tax hikes were not that popular throughout the state. In addition to the failure of the East Contra Costa tax hike, a $100 tax hike in Higgins, a $40 hike in North Auburn-Ophir, a $79 tax in Placer Hills and a $59 tax in Crest all failed.

There were two successful fire tax measures: a $150 tax in Newcastle and a four-year extension of a $65 tax in San Mateo County.

Steven Greenhut: ‘Reforms’ will raise California taxes | The Orange County Register
June 16, 2012
By Steven Greenhut

SACRAMENTO – God help California from its current crop of wealthy “moderates” who believe that the only thing that will save our state is a dose of higher taxes. They continue to embrace electoral rule changes that ultimately will undermine the Republicans’ supposedly hard line against tax hikes.June 5 saw was the first election to use the “top two” primary system, a form of open primary designed specifically to elect more candidates who resemble former state Sen. Abel Maldonado and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the two politicians most responsible for its implementation. These are two of the least-effective and least-principled Republicans to attain higher office in recent years, so let this serve as a warning about what is to come.

The emerging California Fusion Party | CalWatchDog
By Wayne Lusvardi
June 18, 2012

Political fusion is an arrangement where two parties on a ballot list the same candidate. Fusion has been outlawed in many states.

A version of fusionism emerging in California is this under the new Top Two system, which voters approved under Proposition 14 back in 2010. The majority party floods election ballots with at least two of its candidates. Then it only allows the minority party to influence election results by endorsing one of the major party’s candidates. Another name for political fusion is cross-endorsement…

Now, the Union Pushback: Following big victories for public-pension reform in California, the union empire takes to the courts.
by Steven Greenhut – City Journal
June 12, 2012

The nation’s public-sector unions have become so emboldened by years of political victories, and so insulated from voter concerns, that they apparently never considered the possibility that voters, given a clear choice, would turn against them. Last Tuesday was as close as the nation gets to a clarifying election, the result of union overreach in Wisconsin and union intransigence in California. “Election results in California and Wisconsin this week are being viewed as a turning point for organized labor—to its detriment,” reported the Los Angeles Times, echoing a story line repeated nationwide.

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 CRNtalk.com, 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 betrayed the schools and crippled the state.” Really? The worst? Worse than the SEIU? Worse than the NEA? Yes, yes, a thousand times, yes. But we’ll have Senik make his case, which will be excerpted in the Los Angeles Times in the next few days. And CalWatchDog.com editor-in-chief Brian Calle opines in his latest column at the Orange County Register.

We’ll also discuss Governor Jerry Brown’s May budget revision, which was released officially Monday but previewed over the weekend. Anyone not paying attention would have been shocked to learn that California’s current budget deficit is several billion dollars higher than Brown’s office reported in January—$16 billion, as opposed to around $9 billion at the beginning of the year. Anyone else wouldn’t have been the least bit surprised.

“This means we will have to go much farther and make cuts far greater than I asked for at the beginning of the year,” Brown said. “But we can’t fill this hole with cuts alone without doing severe damage to our schools. That’s why I’m bypassing the gridlock and asking you, the people of California, to approve a plan that avoids cuts to schools and public safety.”

Brown delivered the “news” on YouTube, where he doubled down on his pitch to voters to approve a tax increase in November.

“Please increase taxes on the most affluent,” Brown urged. “It’s reasonable and fair.”

”By the time I leave here, California’s budget will be balanced and the state will be back on road to prosperity,” Brown added. ”I am a buoyant optimist.”

It’s phony-baloney. All of it.

Katy Grimes at CalWatchDog: “Jerry Brown twists out ‘pretzel palace’ budget,” which reports legislative Republicans’ reaction to the governor’s news.

“Tax revenue is up two years in a row, but not enough to satisfy the spending demands of Sacramento Democrats,” retorted Assembly Republicans. “It will be interesting to see if the liberal majority in the Legislature accept the Governor’s cuts, or reject them as they did earlier this year when they blocked the Governor’s health and welfare reforms and grew spending by $1 billion,” wrote Assembly Minority leader Connie Conway, R-Visalia, and Assemblyman Jim Nielsen, R-Biggs.

Tom Del Beccaro, chairman of the California Republican Party: “Amazingly, a year and a half into Brown’s Governorship and we still hear nothing of the unemployed. California will continue to face chronic budget deficits because so many people remain out of work; the conversation about revenues should always begin with how to restore jobs. So many people are wondering when Brown will offer plans to make California competitive, so that business will return to this state and bring jobs with them.”

Calle at CalWatchDog: “If nothing else, the budget situation points to the power teachers’ unions have within the Brown administration and California government in general. This is particularly true of the juggernaut CTA, which was recently dubbed by City Journal as the ‘Worst union in America’ because of the lopsided influence it has on public policy in California. Education spending is perhaps the Holy Grail of politics in the Golden State. So it is no surprise Brown’s administration is using education as a justification for increasing taxes. Improving education is popular with voters. But money is not the major problem facing California’s education. Instead, the state is in need of structural reform.”

Robert Wenzel at Economic Policy Journal: “California is fast becoming the new Greece.” And Brown’s proposal to reduce the work week of many state workers—a move that would need to be bargained with the unions because the Democratic-controlled Legislature isn’t about to impose that change unilaterally—would be equivalent to a 5 percent pay cut.

Bill McGurn at the Wall Street Journal (subscription required): “Jerry Brown vs. Chris Christie.”

Hard economic times bring their own lessons. Though few have been spared the ravages of the last recession and the sluggish recovery, those in states where taxes are light, government lives within its means, and the climate is friendly to investment have learned the value of the arrangement they have. They are not likely to give it up.

Meanwhile, leaders in some struggling states have taken notice. They know the road to fiscal hell is paved with progressive intentions. The question regarding the sensible ones is whether they have the will and wherewithal to impose the reforms they know their states need on the interest groups whose political and economic clout is so closely tied with the public purse.

Mr. Brown’s remarks Monday suggest the answer to this question is no.

McGurn’s column follows on the Journal‘s editorial fusillade Monday:

Among the biggest surprises is a 21.5% or nearly $2 billion decline in personal income tax payments from what Governor Jerry Brown had anticipated. This reinforces the point that when states rely too heavily on the top 1% of taxpayers to pay the bills, fiscal policy is a roller coaster ride.

California is suffering this tax drought even as most other states enjoy a revenue rebound. State tax collections were up nationally by 8.9% last year, according to the Census Bureau, and this year revenues are up by double digits in many states. The state comptroller reports that Texas is enjoying 10.9% growth in its sales taxes (it has no income tax), while California can’t seem to keep up despite one of the highest tax rates in the land.

This would seem to suggest that California should try cutting tax rates to keep more people and business in the state, but Sacramento is intent on raising them again. Governor Brown and the public-employee unions are sponsoring a ballot initiative in November to raise the state sales tax by a quarter point to 7.5% and to raise the top marginal income-tax rate to 13.3% from 10.3%. This will make the state even more reliant on the fickle revenue streams provided by the rich.

The Orange County Register: “More bad news ahead of Brown’s revised budget”:

This is a man for all intents and purposes bought by, and in the pocket of, government employee unions. Likewise, so is the Democratic-controlled Assembly and state Senate, which all but precludes a legislative fix.

Sadly, California deserves better than it has gotten for more than a decade in Sacramento. An unwillingness to properly adjust government spending and an insistence on draining even more billions from the private sector is symptomatic of the runaway fiscal catastrophe under way in Europe.

Bottom line, courtesy of Reason‘s Tim Cavanaugh: “Where are the devastating cuts of the austerity of bare-bones of the starving beast in a state that will increase spending by six percent — from $86.5 billion in outlays last year to $91.4 billion this year?” Mighty good question.

 

 

Jenny Worman on Liberty Caucus in CA, & Peggy Christensen, Open Source Learning, a.k.a. Homeschooling on Gadfly Radio Tuesday at 10am PT

Tuesday, May 1, on Gadfly Radio, Peggy Christensen, mother of two, after starting her first girl in a public school for the first few years, explored and finally jumped into open source learning, a.k.a. homeschooling, for both of her two daughters. Ms Christensen joins Martha Montelongo, with John Seiler, managing Editor at CalWatchDog.com, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal.  Also, GOP Congressional candidate, Jenny Worman drops in for short visit.

Tune in LIVE at 10:00 a.m. PDT on CRNtalk.com or on USTREAM TV’s CRNStudioLive!”

On April 30, Larry Sand, retired L.A.U.S.D. teacher and Founder and President of California Teachers Empowerment Network published what he called an Honest Cheat Sheet of facts regarding Public Education in L.A.U.S.D., for those who need to see the numbers– how much we actually spend per pupil, and how many children are failed in our schools despite the dollars we spend. (Click here to download the PDF of Larry’s Cheat Sheet)

Reformers battle to empower parents, and give them choice in what school their child has to go through, with the idea that competition would improve the stagnant and ossified conditions that prevail in most public schools. It could be years before The Parent Trigger Law gets any traction. Schools will argue that they’re implementing their own reforms, and have the access to parents the reformers don’t have.

Decades pass, and little victories come and go, but ultimately, the situation has only grown more dire, in cost, and worse, in unlearned children. The schools are little detention centers where large groups of children are corralled into classrooms, and conditioned into submission and conformity. And as if this assault on the way children naturally learn and develop were not bad enough, in just the past four months of this year, it seems everyday we read and hear about teachers and aides who sexually or physically abused children. It is an all too common danger that further betrays and victimizes our children.

What if you could give your children an education that was designed to nurture leadership, curiosity, independence, critical thinking, initiative, individuality, confidence, and written and spoken communication skills? What if these skills could be learned by any child, without having to pay tuition for an elite private school, or live in a multimillion dollar neighborhood?

President Franklin D. Roosevelt was a C student in College. President Bush was hardly a C, and Senator Kerry, who ran against Bush, had an even lower grade point average than Bush. They went to elite boarding schools. What characteristics and what skills prepared and qualified these men to be a Senator and Presidents? What if all children were capable of developing the same qualities and skills? They are.
We will discuss with Peggy, her journey into what she prefers to refer to as open source learning, for her two daughters. We’ll talk about her reservations starting out, her shift of consciousness, the challenges she faced, resources, her success and advice she has to share.

Also joining us, later in the program is GOP Congressional candidate, Jenny Worman, on the board of the Screen Actors Guild for six years, and is part of the Liberty Caucus of the CA GOP. She’s running for U.S. Congress in the new 28th District. What’s special about CA’s Primary if you want to vote for Liberty Candidates but you’re not a Republican? Last day to register is May 21, to apply for vote by mail is May 29, and June 5th is the Primary.
Links shared by Jenny Worman:
The Ron Effect–Bloomberg Business Week, April 26, 22012 
Liberty Candidates across the USA in 2012

Links shared with us by Peggy Christensen:
Freedom of Education.net
John Holt: Growing Without Schooling
HomeFires.com–The Journal of Homeschooling Online
The Link, A.K.A. The Homeschool News Link Online Magazine
Free Range Learning, on Facebook
Excellence in Writing
Great HomeSchoolConventions.com

Additional Links on Open Source Learning (Homeschooling):
Homeschool Legal Defense Association/California
The Preservation Institute:  Beyond Progressive and Conservative on John Taylor Gatto

Homeschool Oasis about John Taylor Gatto
How one family has been helped by the Khan Academy | KTVB.COM Boise

Al Ramirez, U.S. Senate Candidate, and Wayne Lusvari, Are Hispanics Up or Down in CA?

Tuesday, April 24, on Gadfly Radio, ‎Al Ramirez,  Republican, candidate for U.S. Senate in CA joins us to talk about his unique candidacy, and story.   Wayne Lusvardi, regular contributor at CalWatchDog.com join Martha Montelongo, John Seiler, managing Editor at CalWatchDog.com, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal on CRNtalk.com, CRN1. Tune in LIVE at 10:00 a.m. PDT on CRNtalk.com or on USTREAM TV’s CRNStudioLive!”

Wayne Lusvardi has a new article published at CalWatchDog in which he responds to Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute who believes California is doomed due to dysfunctional Hispanic families who are trapped in downward social mobility.  His article is not a rebuttal but a rejoinder -an expansion of her topic, in “California’s Demographic Revolution.”

Relaed Link:
Are Hispanics moving up or down the social scale?
Commentary
April 24, 2012
By Wayne Lusvardi
The ongoing economic malaise of the past half decade has slammed most social and economic groups in California. How are Hispanics doing here, especially in light of the bursting of the Housing Bubble?
For example, consider Riverside County, which according to the 2010 U.S. Census is 46 percent Hispanic. Housing prices therehave dropped 30 percent. Worse, construction work, a mainstay of Hispanic family income, has crashed 70 percent.
This matter was considered recently in the City Journal by Heather Mac Donald in her article, “California’s Demographic Revolution.” She wrote that, “unless Hispanics’ upward mobility improves, the state risks becoming more polarized economically and more reliant on a large government safety net.”
But she (click here to read the whole of Wayne Lusvardi’s article).

 

Bill Evers: Nationalize Education? & Brian Calle: Scott Walker Recall a Nationally Pivotal Battle, Tuesday, April 17 on Gadfly Radio

Tuesday, April 17, on Gadfly Radio, ‎Bill Evers, fellow, research fellow
member of the k–12 education task force, and Brian Calle, Editor-in-Chief at CalWatchDog.com join Martha Montelongo, John Seiler, managing Editor at CalWatchDog.com, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal on CRNtalk.com, CRN1. Tune in LIVE at 10:00 a.m. PDT on CRNtalk.com or on USTREAM TV’s CRNStudioLive!

Related Links:

Nationalizing Education Through National Defense?
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, Santa Ana, Calif
By Bill Evers
This month, the Council on Foreign Relations issued a report calling in the name of national security for national curriculum-content standards on science, civics, foreign languages, technology, creativity, and problem-solving – for elementary and secondary education. (Click here to read the article)

Scott Walker recall must be thwarted
Orange County Register Opinion
April 11th, 2012, by Brian Calle
The importance of thwarting the recall campaign against Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker can not be understated: The Wisconsin showdown arguably is the most consequential election in the country this year. And with the release of recent polling data showing the anti-Walker effort leading, the stakes have become even higher.

A Rasmussen poll released April 2 found that a “majority of Wisconsin voters now support the effort to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker.” Fifty-two percent of likely voters polled said they would recall the governor, versus 47 percent wanting to keep Mr. Walker in office. While the election is still nearly two months away, those numbers are still discouraging. (click here to read more.)

Guns and Roses
Jerry Brown’s high-stakes tax proposal faces a political challenge—from the Left.
5 April 2012 by Ben Boychuk

Jerry Brown wants Californians to believe that the state, facing a current budget deficit of $9 billion, has a revenue problem. In fact, what the 30 million residents of the Golden State have is an entitlement problem. From health care to state and local public-employee retirement benefits, Californians face as much as $500 billion in unfunded liabilities for pensions alone. The state’s unfunded health-care liabilities top $62 billion. Brown’s new budget actually proposes a 7 percent increase in spending, though it offers to cut some services. All of the governor’s plans assume that substantial, voter-approved tax hikes will provide billions in new revenue, helping to pay for the extra spending and shrinking the deficit. “I’m promising wine and roses,” he told reporters after a speech last month, “but not in 2012.” (Click here to read more)

Terry M Moe, Author of “Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America’s Public Schools” visits Gadfly Radio

Tuesday, April 10th, Stanford Political Science Professor and author of Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America’s Public Schools, joins Ben Boychuk, John Seiler and myself on Gadfly Radio, on CRNtalk.com or on USTEAM TV, on CRNStudioLive!

Every attempt at education is blocked by the most powerful union sector in the country.  The Parent Trigger law is no exception.   Teacher’s union blow back and thuggish blocking is de riguer.   Accountability and performance metrics for educators are blocked.   How impenetrable is the Teacher’s Union and where is the path to a renaissance of real learning and a spirited entrepreneurial culture?

Related links:  Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America’s Public Schools [Hardcover]

The Parent Trigger Law and the case of Adelanto School Board blocks the take over bid lead by parents.

Here’s a great podcast interview at Education Next with Terry Mo discussing Special Interest.

 

 

Richard Rider, Taxpayer Advocate and Diane Goldstein of LEAP on Gadfly Radio

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Today on Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog at 10 AM PT on CRNtalk.com on Channel 1, Martha Montelongo, and  John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com and Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal, welcome Diane Goldstein of LEAP and Richard Rider, Chairman of 

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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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 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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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.  


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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 CalWatchDog: Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler, with special guests Arun Ramanathan on teacher quality & Diane Goldstein on drug wars in LA County and what does Obama snack on?

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Jan 31, 2012:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com

Arun Ramanathan from Education Trust West speaks to us about a recent report they just published on the findings of a two- year-long study of data from the second largest school district in the nation, revealing profound inequities in access to effective teaching.  In Learning Denied: The Case for Equitable Access to Effective Teaching in California’s Largest School District, The Education Trust—West finds that low-income students and students of color in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) are less likely to be taught by the district’s top teachers – the very teachers capable of closing the district’s achievement gaps. These inequities are exacerbated by teacher mobility patterns and quality-blind layoffs.

YouTube Ignores LAPD Cop’s First Place Question for Obama About Legalizing Marijuana  
 WASHINGTON, DC — “Yesterday YouTube ignored a question advocating marijuana legalization from a retired LAPD deputy chief of police (watch that video at the link above) that won twice as many votes as any other video question in the White House’s “Your Interview with the President” competition on the Google-owned site. They did, however, find the time to get the president on record about late night snacking, singing and dancing, celebrating wedding anniversaries and playing tennis.”
Retired LAPD deputy chief of police Stephen Downing asks President Obama about the growing support for marijuana legalization among voters. Stephen is a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, which anyone can join for free at http://www.CopsSayLegalizeDrugs.com.

I invited Chief Downing to join us but he was already booked, but we do have Diane Goldstein, also a retired law enforcement officer with LAPD and member of LEAP, to speak with us on this slight to American Voters’ pressing concerns, and the assault on the state passed laws to legalize Medical Marijuana in Los Angeles, CA.


More links to hot stories:

by Joel Fox
A couple of months ago, at a discussion on the initiative process at a Zocalo Public Square meeting in Los Angeles, the panelists were asked what one thing they would change with the initiative process…

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Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog: Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler, with Special guest, Ben Limoine, on Nat’l School Choice Week, and the New Orleans Miracle

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Jan 24, 2012:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com.  Special Guest Ben Limoine of Fleurish Productions and Producer of the film documenting the transformation of New Orleans schools after Katrina in the film called The Experiment.


This week is National School Choice Week, and we’ll talk with Ben about what that means and about his film, The Experiment and what is so special about New Orleans schools today, post Hurricane Katrina?  The movie is available right now on Starz, and Netflix for on demand viewing! 

Related Links:

Editorial: Superintendent Deasy, LAUSD board member Galatzan to attend town hall – LA Daily News

Gov. Jerry Brown said in this week’s State of the State address that K-12 education will lose nearly $5 billion next year if voters don’t approve his tax measures in November. And in response to the budget pressures, LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy has called for putting $270-a-year parcel tax on the ballot.  

Whistle-blowing teachers to open a charter school – Los Angeles Times 

They lost their jobs during a cheating scandal at Crescendo schools. Former union chief and charter foe A.J. Duffy will lead them.

 
Whitney Tilson’s School Reform Blog: At his charter school, ex-UTLA head would target tenure 

The longtime anti-charter crusader wants to make it harder for teachers to earn tenure protections and wants to lengthen that process.

He even wants to require teachers to demonstrate that they remain effective in the classroom if they want to keep their tenure protections.

And if a tenured teacher becomes ineffective, he wants to streamline dismissals.

The process now in place can stretch out for several years, even with substantial evidence of gross misconduct.

Some union leaders, notably Duffy, have defended this “due process” as a necessary protection against administrative abuses.

“I would make it 10 days if I could,” Duffy now says of the length of the dismissal process.

And what does Duffy’s [predecessor]… think of his [A.J. Duffy’s] new direction? Not much — LOL! 

Former UTLA President John Perez said he wished Duffy well but said he could not endorse Duffy’s new direction. Charter school operators, he said, are laying the groundwork for using public-school funds at private schools through so-called vouchers. They’re also opening the door for corporations “who want to destroy public education by getting their hands on the hundreds of billions of dollars we spend on public education in this country,” Perez said. 

Golden Missed Opportunity by Larry Sand – City Journal

School choice is on the move everywhere—except California.

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Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog: Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler, with Special guests Bob Bowdon on Ed & Joel Fox Pension Reform

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Jan 17, 2012:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com.  Bob Bowdon is the founder of ChoiceMedia.TV and the producer and director of the film The Cartel. Joel Fox is the Editor at Fox & Hounds political daily.

We’ll visit with Bob Bowdon about the second annual National School Choice Week coming up next week, from Jan 22nd to the 28th. Bob is going to be involved speaking, reporting, and filming at events all across the USA. He’s got a lot of exciting information to share.

We’re going to speak with Joel about two op-eds he recently published in Fox & Hounds, and one of them was also published in CA Political Review. We’ll speak with Joel Fox about Initiatives Weapon of Choice in Policy Wars published today, and a precursor article, Public Employment Retirement Costs Are At “Tipping Point” published earlier this month. 

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Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog: Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler, with Special guest, Steve Greenhut on Redevelopment–Ding Dong, The Witch is Dead!

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Jan 3, 2012:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com.  Steven Greenhut, the Editor in Chief at CalWatchDog, joins us to discuss the latest and hottest stories in CA politics, but especially, we want to talk about the how California’s RDAs [were] Hoisted on [Their] Own Petard.

Steve’s most recent book, Plunder, about Public Employee Union Benefits and Pensions are bankrupting the nation, is well known and regarded by serious reformers in the field, across the political spectrum nationwide.

But Greenhut also did a compelling and comprehensive book on RDAs or Redevelopment Associations, called Abuse of Power: How the Government Misuses Eminent Domain.  Did he ever think he’d see this program be dissolved in California?  How did it happen?  The title of his report says it all in one sentence.  We’ll have a chance to hear him talk about it in detail. 

Every week we cover an important story concerning education and the struggle to transform it into an effective institution. This week we touch on two stories.

One is very subtly described as State Sponsored Thievery Continues in Plain Sight, in an op-ed by Larry Sand, published today at UnionWatch.org.

The other story is regarding Parents across Southern California Demanding CTA apologize for fear mongering and intimidation tactics used against families who want to organize for reform, and demands that the CTA retract denigrating statements dismissing parents’ interests, intentions and good will. Linda Serrato of the Parent Revolution joins us to talk about this story.

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Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog: Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler, Special Guest, Yolie Flores, former L.A.U.S.D. School Board Member, catalyst for reform

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Dec 20, 2011:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com welcome special guest Yolie Flores of Communities for Teaching Excellence, on the web at 4TeachingExcellence.org


We’ll speak with Flores about: 

  • her decision to leave the L.A.U.S.D. School Board, 
  • her decision to not endorse a candidate to fill her seat. 
  • The organization Communities for Teaching Excellence, she now heads up
  • What does she make of the latest contract agreement between the L.A.U.S.D. Superintendent and the UTLA teacher’s union? 
  • What does she make of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
  • formally referred to as THE LAUSD-UTLA LOCAL SCHOOL STABILIZATION AND EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE OF 2011?

 

We’ll cover the latest hot talk from around the state of CA.   John Seiler has a new report up on Mexico:  U.S. Govt. Destroying Mexico | CalWatchDog,

and we’ll talk with Ben Boychuk on the latest published on CA City Journal and his latest Head to Head weekly column with Pia Lopez:  To boost the economy should Congress extend the holiday on payroll taxes? 

Related Links: 

The Huntington Park campus newspaper infamously ripped into Flores when she began to push for change, very clearly echoing the hurt expressed by their teacher(s), who understandably don’t want to shoulder the blame for the high school’s terrible standing.
But Flores won’t back down in her conviction that enough is enough. Now, she tells the Times: “This school has been waiting for decades, and people say wait a little longer. To me, it’s a stall tactic. I’m tired of waiting.”–Huntington Park High School Becomes Guinea Pig for Radical LAUSD Reform: 50 Percent of Teachers to Get the Boot –LAWeekly, By Simone Wilson Tue., May 10 2011

School Reformer Yolie Flores Departs LAUSD to Fight From Outside – Page 1 – News – Los Angeles – LA Weekly  She forced through the most radical idea in recent lausd history. So why’s she leaving for a Bill Gates start-up? By Jason S. Mandell Thursday, Mar 10 2011

Supt. John Deasy asks LAUSD board members to stay impartial on school control – Los Angeles Times October 01, 2011|By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times

UTLA signs contract with LAUSD that holds teachers accountable for student performance – LA Daily News By Barbara Jones, Staff Writer, 12/15/2011 05:15:30 PM PST, Updated: 12/15/2011 05:16:47 PM PST 

The UTLA characterizes the tentative agreement as a solution that “will stabilize schools by stopping the giveaway of sites to outside operators and limiting reconsitution.” 
As Howard Blume reports in this morning’s Los Angeles Times, the agreement, in negotiation for several months, “virtually [ends] the two-year policy that allowed [under the 2009 LAUSD School Board ruling on Public School Choice] charter operators and others to take over low-performing and new campuses.”  —Unleashing the power of the professional”: LAUSD brings back local control – California’s Children 11-30-2011

The demands of the “Don’t Hold Us Back” coalition, which includes the California Charter School Association (CCSA) went completely unheeded. Insiders will tell you that their protests could be dismissed as harmless “theatrics.” The continuance of school board management is simply a continuance of union rule. While reformers have done a poor job organizing themselves, the results show that their efforts were wholly insufficient.  –Anthony Krinsky’s Education Blog: UTLA members rubber-stamp 6 more years of union rule  Dec 16, 2011 

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Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog: Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler, Special Guests, Ben Chavis on School Boards, & Jack Dean on Public Pension Costs

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Dec 13, 2011:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com.  

Special guests tonight are Dr. Ben Chavis, author of  Crazy Like a Fox , of American Indian Public Charter School fame, on the critical role of School Boards in support of the current prevailing paradigm that is our K-12 Public Education System,  and Jack Dean of  Pension Tsunami on the significant increase in the level of the public’s awareness to the dangerous current system of public policy formulas for wages, benefits and pensions for our Public Employees or Public Sector workers, including a look at the most recent Field Poll, Gallup Poll and political developments in San Jose, San Diego, and other happenings in CA.   

I love Whitney Tilson’s write up on his blog, about Ben Chavis.  Here’s an excerpt:

His schools are grades 6-12 and his first group of 27 seniors graduated last year — and 100% went to four-year colleges. He’s grown AIPCS from one school to five and all of them got API scores above 900 from the CA Dept of Education (scores range from 200 to 1000 with a statewide goal for all schools of 800; needless to say, nearly all other Oakland schools are nowhere near 900, much less 800). He told me his black and Latino kids are outscoring white and Asian kids — so much so that leaders of the Chinese community in Oakland asked him to open a school in their community — and it’s his lowest-scoring school (so far anyway)! His brash, in-your-face style would make any reasonable person uncomfortable, but great leaders often have this trait (think Patton). Here’s what I know: if I had to send my kids to an inner-city school, I’d want them at one of his schools (if there weren’t a KIPP nearby of course; interestingly, critics level some similar charges against KIPP as they do against Chavis: the discipline is too harsh — oh boo hoo hoo…).

 
John Seiler’s latest hot piece up at CalWatchDog is another must read: New Chart: More Spending Impossible | CalWatchDog
And it’s a must discuss too!  

Related links are a sampling from Pension Tsunami’s posts for Today, Dec 13, 2011:


The State Worker: Poll: Government workers favor lower pensions for new hires 

PPIC POLL: Big majority support Brown’s tax increase plan | SignOnSanDiego.com

San Jose Needs to Continue Bargaining on Pension Reform (editorial – San Jose Mercury News)

Poll Finds Little Love for Big Gov; 64% of People Surveyed Said Big Government Is Biggest Threat to the Country (M.J. Lee / Politico)

PENSION PULSE: Most Misunderstood Asset Class Today? (blog – Leo Kolivakis)

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Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog: Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler. Steve Greenhut, maybe, and Oscar Cruz of Families in Schools

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Dec 6, 2011:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com.  Steven Greenhut, the Editor in Chief at CalWatchDog, may be joining us to discuss his latest posted commentary at CalWatchDog, addressing Gov. Brown’s open letter to the CA Voters issued on Monday, Dec 5th, what Brown says and Steve’s interpretation of what it says and means to all of us.   


We’ll welcome Oscar E. Cruz, the President and CEO of Families in Schools, a partner with other groups such as 4Teaching Excellence in Los Angeles, committed to causing reform and transformation in what is known today as public education.  He’ll give us a brief sharing of who they are, what they cause, who is impacted, how they measure their results and how can  listeners learn more about them.

Related link: 
The Small Business Action Committee joined with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the California Taxpayers Association to file the initiative, which will re-establish the Gann Spending Limit of 1979. Although still in effect, the Gann Limit, named after proponent Paul Gann, was made ineffective by subsequent measures. Since that time, dramatic increases in spending have constantly put the state budget under water. The updated spending limit will stop the problem of unbalanced budgets.

 We’ll talk with our listeners and panel about the future of Gadfly Radio, moving forward, what we stand for, and what we want to be accountable for in our communication.

Last time Steven was with us, I wrote the following about who Steve is, as he occurs for me, and it’s so spot on, I want to repeat it, in case you missed it.  Steve Greenhut writes about policy on various news and think tank websites, on various issues, and they are all related and stem from a unifying set of core values and unwavering principles through which he analyzes and communicates.   His work is instrumental to help raise public awareness and consciousness of truths v how the public is manipulated by slick and effective media campaigns and public relations by those in positions of power over our “free” society.   His bias is for championing the individual, the underdog, the entrepreneur who respects others’ rights as well as his own.   A truthsayer and a truth teller with a lot of heart, soul, wit and irony, he is self described curmudgeon.    He is a lover of liberty and I feel lucky to have him on our side.  

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Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog: Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler and Special Guest, Steve Greenhut on CA’s Prospects for Liberty and Prosperity

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November 29, 2011:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com.  We welcome back Steven Greenhut, the Editor in Chief at CalWatchDog, for his take on the many current political, social and economic situations playing out in CA and the US.   


Steve writes about policy on various news and think tank websites, on various issues, yet they are all related and stem from a unifying set of core values and unwavering principles through which he analyzes and writes.   His work is instrumental to help raise public awareness and consciousness of the facts v how the public is swayed by conventional media and the public relations campaigns of the ruling classes of our “free” society.   His bias is for championing the individual, the underdog, the entrepreneur who respects others’ rights as well as his own.   A truthsayer and a truth teller with a lot of heart, soul, wit and irony, he is self described curmudgeon.    A lover of liberty, I feel lucky to have him on our side.  

Related Links: 

Can’t Live by Scenery Alone by Steven Greenhut – City Journal

Archive of Greenhut’s latest blog posts and articles at CalWatchDog

Steven Greenhut’s archive of articles in City Journal

Steven Greenhut, Author of “PLUNDER!: How Public Employee Unions are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives, and Bankrupting the Nation” Speaks to the Lincoln Club – December 10, 2009 – YouTube Video 9 minutes

Steven Greenhut: Archives at LewRockwell.com

Hard Times Generation: Families living in cars – 60 Minutes – CBS News
Whitney Tilson refers to this news story which features some amazingly poised, mature, intelligent and articulate homeless children who live in cars, on the street, to admonish Republicans to take back their country from extremist whom he presumes don’t care about these children because they are extremists who want to slash programs and oppose raising taxes on the wealthy.

Getting Serious About Ron Paul by Steven Greenhut

A Right Denied | The Critical Need for Genuine School Reform, a project founded by Whitney Tilson

California at or near the bottom in so many ways – Orange Punch : The Orange County Register

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, and Special Guest Former CA Senator Gloria Romero on “You Have Choice!”

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November 15, 2011: Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo is joined by John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com and they welcome back Former State Senator and Former State Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, Director of California’s chapter of Democrats for Education Reform You can find them on Facebook at CA Democrats for Education Reform’s Facebook Page I’ve subscribed to their text feed for the latest updates.

We’ll talk with Romero about the initiative called You Have Choice! What is it? Who is behind it? Who should know about it? Why do we need this program? What’s at stake? What is possible?
Ben Boychuk who can’t make it tonight has submitted his own list of questions to ask Romero, including her thoughts on vouchers as part of a support for parental choice, and more.

This program focuses greatly on public policy and sound economic policy. Education makes up the largest percentage of public sector spending in CA, and yet we rank near the bottom in reading and math, and have done so for decades, with little improvement.   The National Education Association claims CA spends near the bottom of all 50 states on Education.  In 2010, the OCReg had CA per pupil spending on Education at 23rd.   It dropped in one year, as a result of cutbacks, but is 42nd out of 50 accurate, and does this number reflect the amount of tax revenue collected and spent via bonds voters continue to eagerly pass because of their deep commitment to public education?  And could we do better with less money?

John Seiler last year in August reported that LAUSD for example, spent $30,000 per student.

Other related stories and links from the CalWatchDog.com Blog and website:

Chiang: State Revenues Crashing John Seiler, Nov 15, 2011

Michigan $100K Club Fraction of CA’s John Seiler, Nov 15, 2011

CA Credit Lines Drawn Down 85 Percent Chris Street, Nov 14, 2011

LAO: CA Govt. Pensions ‘Generous’ John Seiler, Nov 11, 2011

Building State Schools Creates Jobs? Katie Grimes, Nov 10, 2011

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk & Special Guest Marcia Friz of Fix Pensions First

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November 8, 2011:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com. We welcome back Marcia Fritz of Fix Pensions First . We’ll talk with Fritz on the Hot Button role of Public-Sector Pension reform initiatives and the mayoral candidate races today, in two major cities in CA–San Diego and San Francisco. We’ll talk with Marcia about the reform measures just recently proposed by Gov Jerry Brown, and we’ll ask her about the two initiatives that California Pension Reform just filed with the CA Attorney General, reported in the OC Register on November 2, 2011 as Aggressive pension reforms closer to ballot box.   Do they go far enough?

We also want to chat with Fritz about their recently updated publication of the California-$100,000-a-Year-at a-Minimum-Pension-Club.  It’s grown 99% in the past two years ($100K pension club soars 99% in two years)!

Related Links:

San Francisco’s Pension Crisis
by Judith Miller
San Francisco’s Pension Crisis:  Will the liberal city’s residents, worried about retirement costs’ “crowding out” services, embrace reform?
November 7, 2011

$100K pension club soars 99% in two years
by John Seiler,
CalWatchDog.com, November 3rd, 2011
Municipal Bond Credit Is Imploding By CHRIS STREET at CalWatchDog.com, NOV. 7, 2011

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk, an Encore with Special Guest Anthony Krinsky on The “Don’t Hold Us Back Coalition”

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November 1, 2011:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com. And back for an encore, and because this topic spans across so many issues that plague our Country’s current sorry state of affairs, we welcome back special guest Anthony Krinsky, the publisher of  Anthony Krinsky’s Education Blog.

We’ll talk with Krinsky on “The Don’t Hold Us Back Coalition” pushing hard for real substantive reforms in L.A.U.S.D. Moreover, we’ll talk with Krinsky about issues he raised last week and which we’ll explore further including what the piece he posted by Ned Ryun, about Conservatives and the Tea Party means to him, and how he believes it plays out in the Education reform movement and its shortcomings?

From CalWatchDog, we’ll talk with John about GM pulling its advertising from John and Ken on KFI. I got an email recently from a group called Cuentame, and it included a video of its Director or President Alex Caballero asserting that they were not backing down and that their intention to have John and Ken removed from the airwaves.

I bet there are a lot of groups that would love to have John and Ken removed, and many of them are in Sacramento, either as elected officials, lobbyists and or union bosses, all doing the work of backing the all powerful and in charge public employee army ruling CA.

This all mighty coalition includes the California Teacher’s Union, the Prison Guards Union, CA law enforcement unions, the SEIU, and more. John and Ken lead the way to fight against police abuse of power and corruption.

John and Ken are powerful, influential voices for transparency and the rights and needs of free enterprising small businesses and wanna-be small businesses, if only those enterprising individuals can scale the ever growing snare of costs, fees, red tape, and cronyism.  

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk & Special Guest Anthony Krinsky on UTLA’s “Big Business Interests” to Occupy L.A.

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October 25, 2011:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, welcome Special Guest Anthony Krinsky, the publisher of  Anthony Krinsky’s Education Blog. We’ll talk with Anthony about his recent blog post and the questions he raises and discusses in this post:  

LAUSD Occupation is big business for the UTLA

This blog is cross-posted in the Echo Park Patch.
http://echopark.patch.com/blog_posts/lausd-occupation-is-big-business-for-the-utla

We’ll also discuss a previous post on his blog concerning an alliance between Republicans and the Teacher’s Union, concerning No Child Left Behind’s renewal and the elimination of accountability standards.   Rand Paul is leading the charge for the elimination of these requirements, but will these help the Education Reformers or will it set the movement back?

Rand Paul (R) embraces the NEA/AFT position on ESEA
Why is Rand Paul begging for legislators to invite under-performing NEA teachers to testify against basic testing that costs around $15 per student per year but which tells us whether teachers are doing anything useful with the $700 billion we spend every year on public education? 
Why is Rand Paul casting deciding votes with the National Education Association to scrap the best (and arguably only) good laws that the Department of Education has ever promulgated: RTT and the accountability provisions of NCLB?

We’ll check in with John on the latest hottest stories posted at CalWatchDog.com including:
 
Govt. Union Boss in Top 1%
John Seiler Oct 25, 2011
The Occupy Wall Street crowd is protesting against the high pay of the top 1 percent in income in America. They say they’re part of the “99%ers” — all the working people who keep the country going. Our friend Larry Sand points out that California’s government worker unions, especially the teachers’ unions, are joining the bandwagon, claiming to represent the 99 percent. He writes: It’s almost Halloween and the California Teachers Association, a rich and powerful outfit, is in costume as one of the “99%ers” – protesters who claim to be have-nots. A couple of weeks ago United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten made sympathetic statements about the Occupy Wall Street movement. Now the California Teachers Association has jumped in with a full endorsement and suggestions on its website as to how teachers and others can get involved in OWS activities. Well, guess what?  (click on the link at the title to read the full article)

Politics Still Beats Down Police Reform
OCT. 24, 2011 By TORI RICHARDS
A mentally ill homeless man was beaten into a coma that proved fatal by six Fullerton police officers as he screamed, “Help, dad!” Fresno police repeatedly punched a homeless man in the head while he was face down with his arms behind his back. Three BART officers in Oakland detained an unruly passenger, who was then fatally shot in the back. When the victims’ families, the media and civil rights groups tried to discover whether these officers committed any previous acts of excessive force — or even to obtain their names — a gulf of silence ensued.
Welcome to five years after Copley Press v. The Superior Court of San Diego.

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk & Special Guests Bob Bowdon & John Moorlach

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October 11, 2011: Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, welcome John Moorlach, Vice Chairman of The Orange County Board of Supervisors. 

Also  joining us is Bob Bowdon, the Director of the Cinema film, The Cartel–a movie about the public school unions and their establishment and the rule they hold over public schools in New Jersey.   He’s got a new project on Education called ChoiceMedia.TV and CA is one of the states on his radar.

We’ll get John Moorlach’s assessment of the debt crisis in various O.C. Cities, in light of the City of Santa Ana talking bankruptcy.  He’s been doing some research on how other cities and counties in CA stack up.  We’ll get a teaser about his statewide research and findings too.

Related Links:

John Moorlach is a blogger.  You can visit his blog at John Moorlach’s Postings Focused & Understandable Government that Works.

The Cartel,  was a game changer film in the realm of public education reform.  

ChoiceMedia.TV

Governor Jerry Brown has just signed several of the hundreds of bills that were passed by California’s most public-sector-union dominated  legislature, but he proves to be even more beholden to the union cartel than the legislature.  We’ll touch on a few of the most egregious bills he signed and one he vetoed.

 He signed:

  • AB144, which bans open carry by law abiding citizens.  
  • John Seiler writes that by signing AB 499, Gov. Brown Undermines Parental Rights,  allowing 12 year old minors to be administered Gardasil, the HPV immunization injection without their parent’ consent or even knowledge. 

He Vetoed:

“This measure would [have] overturn[ed] a California Supreme Court decision that held that police officers can lawfully search the cellphones of people who they arrest,” Brown said in a statement on why he shot down the bill. “The courts are better suited to resolve the complex and case-specific issues relating to constitutional search-and-seizures protections.”

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk & Special Guest Richard Rider of San Diego’s Tax Fighters Group

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October 4, 2011: Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, welcome Richard Rider of San Diego’s Tax Fighters Group for a lively discussion on what the looters of America are up to and getting away with like it or not. Used this last line last week, and lo and behold, it still fits.

Yesterday, Katie Grimes of CalWatchDog.com wrote Brown Hands Out More Union Gifts. It is a bloody gutting of a bill at the 11th hour, to fill it with an egregious flagrant power grab, to neuter, nullify, squash, smash, any efforts by citizens in local governments to govern themselves, to do what Sacramento is too corrupt and dysfunctional to do, to reign in the Blob that controls the Governor and the majority of the Legislature in Sacramento. The bill SB 922, that started out as a bill to legislate immunizations and tuberculosis screening was gutted and transformed into a death knell on City or Municipally passed initiatives to ban Project Labor Agreements anywhere in CA, because what has been brewing in San Diego has been getting the attention of activist around the state, inspired by the success of the activists in San Diego, to build coalitions to establish sound fiscal policy in San Diego, to protect vital services and restore financial solvency.

The coalition for Comprehensive Pension Reform C.P.R. announced on Friday, last week, that they had qualified a major game changing initiative for the ballot, in June next year, to reform public employee pensions for the City of San Diego. Earlier in the month of September, activists in the City of San Diego just qualified an initiative to ban Project Labor Agreements for Construction in the City of San Diego.

We’ll talk with Richard Rider on the reform measures that have been passed, and the two that have just been qualified for the June ballot and this move by the Governor and the Union controlled Legislators who have passed a bill to cut the San Diego reformers off at the knees. What now?

I want to talk about my take on the Latino Groups who announced last week, they want John and Ken removed from the airwaves on KFI.  It is not a coincidence that the same week, Governor Brown refers to John and Ken as part of a group he coins as the ‘Legion of Acceptability’ in a interview with the NYT.

Related links:
Anti- Project Labor Agreement Initiative Qualifies for Summer Ballot

my take on the Latino Groups who announced last week, they want John and Ken removed from the airwaves on KFI.

  
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Summary of Pension Dates and Votes | CalWatchDog

Posted by John Seiler on Sept 19, 2011

Excerpt:

Statewide, there are 358 “3-at 50″ agreements with public safety employees in the California Public Employees Retirement System (that’s not counting many dozens more 3-at-50 agreements in countyretirement systems, like OCERS):

* 136 adopted 3-at-50 before 9/11.
* 222 adopted it after 9/11 — many of them very soon after, when wounds were most raw.

….
And so on, in cities, counties and even school districts, from one end of California to another.

Click to read this power illustrative report.

Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk & Special Guest Jack Dean, Publisher of PensionTsunami.com

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September 27, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com  welcome Jack Dean of Pension Tsunami for a lively discussion on what the looters of America are up to and getting away with like it or not. 

  CA hits a new record at 12.1 percent unemployment level and Sacramento proves to be an island where unemployment numbers are down.  Meanwhile for our government employees, it’s business as usual.  John Seiler will walk us through a myriad of bills the CA Legislature passed this session, over 600 bills, but we’ll stick to the most egregious, expensive and job killing ones the Governor has signed into law. 

With Jack Dean we’ll look at Public Employee pension costs, their impact on local communities up and down the state, and a few notables in the news lately across the country.
 

We also want to touch on the fatal beating of 37 year old homeless schizophrenic, Kelly Thomas, at the hands of 6 City of Fullerton police officers.   What lessons do we take from this case?   What happens next?  How do citizens expose corruption in their communities?

Related Links: 
From CalWatchDog.com:

In this CalWatchDog.com blog post on Sept21, Steven Greenhut writes Brown Says It All.  

Speaking to a group of government officials and law enforcement leaders in Sacramento today, Gov. Jerry Brown reassured them that there will be plenty of money to implement the realignment plan that shifts responsibility from the bureaucratic and incompetent state corrections department to slightly less bureaucratic and slightly less incompetent county governments. He pledged to back a November 2012 initiative toward that end,… Brown said one thing that epitomizes the state Capitol: “Don’t worry about the money. We’ll get it to you one way or the other.”

In this piece, Brown Continues Attack on Jobs,  John Seiler writes Gov. Jerry Brown remains unfazed by California’s accelerating economic decline.

Brown’s Government Expansion Project 
In this piece published yesterday, Katy Grimes reports:

Many in the state say that Gov. Jerry Brown has demonstrated a propensity for doing things his way, even if it means bucking his own party. But what Brown really has shown a gift for is expanding government.

Faced with 600 potential new laws sent to him in bill form by the state Legislature, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown appears only to be prolonging the insecurity and uncertainty in California with his bill-signing pen.

A few good vetoes along the way have gotten more headlines than the impact of what he has signed into law.

Here are just 7 of the 10 entries at Pension Tsunami today.  The other three are no less compelling, but I am sure you get the picture from this  sample list below:

For related links to some of the stories we’ll discuss related to the Kelly Thomas murder and what lessons we can take to heart from this story and how it is unfolding, see this post here:

Police Abuse of Power: Peace Officers need to be held to higher standards, not granted secrecy, immunity and leeway to use violence against the citizenry.

  
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Summary of Pension Dates and Votes | CalWatchDog

John Seiler:

The Orange County Register’s Teri Sforza wrote up a great summary of California’s pension crisis, beginning with goosing the pensions during the past decade. She brings up the 9/11 attacks and the overwhelming support that went to police and firemen across the country. Then the police and fire unions took advantage of the taxpayers:

Among the many legacies of 9/11 — a nation’s sudden sense of its own fragility, trillions spent on military and security operations, not being able to accompany guests to airport departure gates — is the legacy of uber-generous public safety pensions, which may result in government agencies essentially paying two police and firefighter forces: One that works, and one that doesn’t.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that police and fire unions took advantage of the 9/11 tragedy to increase their pension benefits,” said Jack Dean, editor of pensiontsunami.com, in an email. “No elected official wanted to appear ungrateful for our local ‘heroes’ in uniform, and so they gave them whatever they asked for. Unfortunately, we taxpayers — and our children and grandchildren — will be suffering the consequences of those pension formula boosts for many decades.”

It wasn’t just Orange County.

Click to read the post at CalWatchDog.

Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha Montelongo & CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk & Special Guest, Marcia Fritz CPA, President of Californians 4 Fiscal Responsibility.

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September 13, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal joins me as we talk with John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, with special guest Marcia Fritz CPA, President of California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility.

Yesterday Flashreport published an op-ed called REFORM PUBLIC PENSIONS OR PERISH, co-authored by Carl DeMaio, San Diego City Councilman and Jon Coupal, President, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

Today, John Seiler posted a follow up piece in what appears to be a back and forth rally between he and CalPERS, titled CalPERS Misleads Members on 20.7% Gain.

On Sept. 1, I wrote an article on CalWatchDog.com, “CalPERS Still Boasting of 20.7 Percent Gain,” which was what they made from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011. In the subsequent two months, the fund had dropped 4.4 percent. Yet, as I reported, CalPERS still was boasting of the 20.7 percent in the fall number of PERSpective, the newsletter mailed to its members in late August.


Some members must have griped to CalPERS because, on Sept. 12, it responded to me, by name, on its CalPERS Responds Web site. There’s no link to my original article, so members can’t easily check for themselves what I actually said.

We’ll talk about the issue, the spin from CalPERS, and the dire straights of California’s economy tonight on Gadfly Radio.

Today I had an exchange with a very nice man who is  offended by this ‘tirade’ by angry taxpayers to reform what the voters approved in terms of Public Employee Pensions and benefits.  We’ll definitely discuss this point with Marcia Fritz, John Seiler and Ben Boychuk tonight.

Should taxpayers bleed their jobs, assets, disposable income, city services  and more for the sake of being held to fulfill on promises we agreed to, even if we didn’t know what the formulas amounted to, or didn’t understand what they meant in terms of size of retirement incomes?    He thinks yes.  This is the battleline.  I’m for hugging our adversary and saying we’re all in this together.  What is unsustainable is unsustainable and there are consequences for not addressing destructive policy.  For the sake of a healthy economy and communities, we have to reform. 

Ben Boychuk is reporting live with Parent Revolution’s First-of-its-Kind Parent Power Express Bus Tour in Los Angeles TODAY!

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha Montelongo and CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk & special guest, LEAP member, Kyle Kazan, former police officer w/ Torrance P.D.


 

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September 6, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal joins me as we talk with John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, with special guest LEAP member, Kyle Kazan, former police officer w/ Torrance P.D. in CA, the sixth-largest department in the county. 

Kyle Kazan twice led his department in felony arrests. He also testified as a court certified expert in drug sales. Kyle’s work as a foot soldier in the war on drugs gave him insight into the …futility and waste of drug prohibition.

We’ll talk about the Drug War and escalation of violence in Mexico, the operations of cartels in CA, the weapons sold by US agents to Mexican cartels, the costs to financially broke CA and our Fed Govt for the War on Drugs.

We’ll also talk about Portugal’s 10 year old program that has produced measurably safer, healthier communities,and a measurably significant drop in drug use and abuse, and significant financial savings for the Portuguese Government. What is the program, how does it work, how does it break down in terms of savings, policy and what are the real numbers of drug use, abuse, rehabilitation and incarceration today in Portugal, v what they were 10 years ago? We know in the U.S. the numbers have gone up. What are those numbers? We’ll ask Kyle that too!

As part of our regular format, we’ll do our closing segment where we talk with John Seiler about the latest, hottest stories at CalWatchDog, your eyes on CA Government.

John Seiler tonight on Gadfly, wants to talk about AB 499 by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego. He has just published a report at CalWatchDog on this story. He writes that “In the bill’s language, it ‘authorizes a minor, who is 12 years of age or older, to consent to medical care related to the prevention of a sexually transmitted disease.’

Current law allows such care only with a parent’s permission. AB 499 passed both houses of the Legislature and awaits a decision by Gov. Jerry Brown.

AB 499 commonly is called the “Gardasil Bill” because the major drug to be administered to 12-year-old girls — without their parents’ consent — is Gardasil, manufactured by Merck. According to Merck’s Gardasil Web site: GARDASIL is the only human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine that helps protect against 4 types of HPV….”
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Merk Bankrolled Anti parent Bill
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California Neighbor Mexico Spirals Into Anarchy 

by John Seiler
at CalWatchDog.com

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Drug-Related Mexican Violence Soars, As US Policy Bolsters Cartels

Drug cartels are tightening their grip in Acapulco, where civilian communities attempt to resist
by John Glaser,
August 31, 2011


Portugal’s Ten Year Old Drug Policy Program that has legalized drugs  with measurably better results realized in terms of lower usage, crime and government spending for rehabilitation, education, and intervention.

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Drug DECRIMINALIZATION IN PORTUGAL
– Cato Institute

Drugs in Portugal: Did Decriminalization Work?

Scientific American reports much more favorably here: 5 Years After: Portugal’s Drug Decriminalization Policy Shows Positive Results Street drug related deaths from overdoses drop and the rate of HIV cases crashes
By Brian Vastag | April 7, 2009

Mixed Results For Portugal’s Great Drug Experiment NPR straddles the fence and is on overdrive to remain “fair” and “balanced.” if you’re not going to argue for the civil liberties of those who commit crimes of sin, such as enjoying a joint for the same reasons one enjoys a beer or a glass of wine, or if really out for an adventure, the same as smoking enough pot to feel like one has had one or two martinis. Pot can be as mild as beer and wine, or as potent as martinis or screw drivers, without the long lasting toxicity and hangover effects from the alcohol poisoning. That said, I thought it was interesting report.

Ann Coulter debates with John Stossel about the War on Drugs in this 9 minute video on YouTube.  I brought it up last night to illustrate the hard set prejudice influential conservatives hold against a Drug Policy that respects individual choices and liberties, and uses resources to support addicts of any drugs they abuse, to free themselves of their addiction and to turn their lives around.    

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Court upholds ‘citizen’s right’ to film cops

The second article down on this post was posted by David Bailey on our Gadfly Radio Group wall on Facebook, as a comment or amendment to a post I made of this Reason Youtube video called

Who will watch the watchers? In a world of ubiquitous, hand-held digital cameras, that’s not an abstract philosophical question. Police everywhere are crackiing down on citizens using cameras to capture breaking news and law enforcement in action.

In 2009, police arrested blogger and freelance photographer Antonio Musumeci on the steps of a New York federal courthouse. His alleged crime? Unauthorized photography on federal property.

Click on this www.youtube.com direct link to watch the video and or to read more.

Yesterday, David Bailey, resident of the City of Fullerton, and our guest tonight on Gadfly Radio posted this article yesterday.–

August 29, 2011

Court upholds ‘citizen’s right’ to film cops
Arrests for filming cops violate Constitution, court ruled

By PoliceOne Staff

BOSTON — Arresting someone for filming the police is a constitutional violation, the Massachusetts district court announced Friday.

The case began when Simon Glik was taken into police custody for recording an arrest with his cell phone camera, according to Tech Dirt. Glik told police he saw an officer punch the suspect and believed their use of force was excessive, sources say. Officers reportedly asked him to stop recording because audio recording — a capability of Glik’s phone — violated Massachusetts wiretap laws. Click to read article.

Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha Montelongo and CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk, with special guest Ben Austin of Parent Revolution

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August 23, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and also policy adviser for education at The Heartland Institute and a former managing editor of School Reform News, joins me as we talk with John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, and  special guest, Ben Austin, Executive Director of The Parent Revolution  and co-author of The Parent Trigger Law.   

 “While it has changed over time and changes somewhat from year-to-year, about 52 to 55 percent of the State General Fund Budget is spent on K–12 and Higher Education.” (CA.Gov)   
Ben Austin is a proven effective education reformer.  He is also a self described Progressive who vehemently defends unions, collective bargaining and even card check.   Ben Austin, together with co-author for The Parent Trigger Law, Senator Gloria Romero and supporters,  developed and helped bring into being, a powerful and effective tool for The Movement which Diane Ravitch claims in an op-ed posted below, is “already failing.” 
The coalition of reformers includes Progressives,  Democrats for Education Reform, conservatives and libertarians, business leaders, and of course parents.  
What is the strength of this coalition?  How threatening is the divide around unions and card check, and partisan politics? 
  Do all Democratic Reformers defend Teacher’s Unions?  Both Steve Brill and Joel Klein are also formidable leaders with Democrats for Education Reform.  Brill prescribes turning around public schools  “not by abolishing the unions but by persuading or forcing them to engage in real reforms so that they can help move those 3.2 million teachers in the right direction…”
Tonight’s show will be a spirited discussion among allies who want to see parents engaged and empowered, and all children have a shot at being well schooled–no excuses.  If a child can read, write and is numerate, he or she is capable of forming his or her own opinions and venturing outside of dogma to seek truth.  That is why everyone who believes in individual liberty and possibility should be engaged in this very real movement. 


Some related links:

When Adults Need to Act Like Grown Ups by Ben Austin, published today, Aug 23, 2011

…The vast majority of the public discourse around education reform ends with name-calling and finger pointing — depending on which ideological extreme has the microphone, either charter schools or teachers unions are single-handedly dismantling American public education.

So it was no surprise that all sides retreated to comfortable ideological corners last week when the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) accidentally released their secret plan to “kill” the Parent Trigger.

The Parent Trigger is an historic law in California, Texas, and Mississippi that gives parents unprecedented power to transform their children’s failing schools through community organizing. The Parent Trigger allows half the parents at any failing school to transform their school based on what’s good for children, not adults.

Four Opinions are posted in an excellent series, published this week online at Reuters Blog and I’ve posted them below: 
The Great Debate

First Two are by Education Reformers (Two Education Reform deniers follow below): 

The school reform deniers by Steve Brill–A label is coined.  The whole piece is fascinating, but scroll down to the facts section… for a super charged reminder for why reformers are so committed. 

Whitney Tilson, Director of Democrats for Education Reform noted the following excerpts from Steve Brill’s, and Joel Klein’s op-eds posted below, in his e-newsletter yesterday:   

That said, the issue of whether we need to throw out a system in which we allow unaccountable, unmeasured civil servants to produce failure when our nation’s economy, security, and core values depend on success is not complicated at all. It doesn’t take Woodward and Bernstein to see that the deniers are running on empty. It reminds me of the old debates over whether cigarette smoking is bad for your health. Curing lung cancer is complicated. Identifying a leading cause wasn’t. It only seemed complicated for as long as it did because those with an interest in denying the obvious spent so much for so long to keep the debate going.

The parents: the force that can’t be beat By Joel Klein

…But relying on strong leaders alone is folly. Their survival, as Fenty’s experience suggests, depends on building political constituencies that will support them, and push them to be even more aggressive. If that is to happen, we have to start with parents, who must stop tolerating a system that is failing their kids, and start insisting on great schools and teachers.

The unions know that parents are the only force they can’t beat and, as a result, they’ve done an incredible job over the past couple of decades cultivating them as allies. But, increasingly, parents — especially those in high-poverty communities — are coming to understand that it’s their kids who are bearing the brunt of the current union-driven, adults-first focus of public education…

Whitney Tilson goes on about Klein–“[He] also gives a nice and well-deserved shout-out for an important new book by Terry Moe, Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America’s Public Schools:

When it comes to persuading the unions, there’s another recent book, “Special Interests”, by Stanford professor Terry Moe, that’s well worth reading. Moe spends considerable time discussing what he views as the misguided notion of “reform unionism,” which is similar to Brill’s idea of persuading the unions to get on board for real reform. The simple truth, according to Moe, is that “beneath all the talk, important fundamentals are at work — and the fundamentals drive most of the action. Teachers fully expect that their leaders will protect their jobs, promote their economic well being, and win work rules that give them valuable rights and prerogatives.” Union leaders who fail to do those things, Moe adds, “do so at their own peril.” In fact, more than once, union leaders have told me that, even though a proposed reform made sense, they couldn’t support it and survive — and, they would always add, for good measure, that whoever replaced them would be worse for reform.

Let me be clear, reformers should always seek “to persuade” the unions to join them, and there are several encouraging examples to support this approach — some that I personally achieved together with NYC’s union president Randi Weingarten, and others that Brill recounts in “Class Warfare”. But so long as persuasion is the reformers’ only weapon, Moe concludes, “the reform movement will never get where it aims to go. It will never be able to build a school system that is organized for effective performance. It will never be able to simply do what’s best for children.”


Brill’s second theory of change — ” forcing [the unions] to engage in real reform” — appears to be more realistic.  But how is that going to happen?

I take the liberty to add to the preceding excerpt, what follows in Klein’s op-ed:

…The next political force for reform that needs to be unleashed, as Brill notes in “Class Warfare”, is teachers, especially those who are new to the field and haven’t yet bought into the union-driven long-term seniority- and pension-based system that has long served the veterans. Teachers need to be convinced that the model Brill advances — where salaries can increase significantly if we build a system based on performance, rather than longevity — is better for them financially, while also likely to enhance public respect and support for their profession. This is not so much a variation of reform unionism but, rather, the creation of a second — and different — teacher voice in the discussion. 

Klein mentions Educators 4 Excellence as an example.   Would California Teacher’s Empowerment Network CTEN be another example?
 
And two Deniers:

If only the unions were the problem By Deborah Meier  (below, this denier’s answer to Steve Brill’s comments on the Rubber Rooms… She loses me at ‘Hello.’

1.  Rubber Rooms. I happen to know some terrific teachers and principals who were sent to the Rubber Room.  They left 30-40 years of extraordinary work in despair and dishonor.  It wasn’t the union that created the Rubber Room—but former schools chancellor Joel Klein.The fact that many never get charged with any crime, much less given the opportunity for a hearing, is not the union’s fault either.   Brill might acknowledge that the contract was created by two groups, and that both the original decision to remove the teacher and the subsequent investigation and final appeal are part of management’s responsibility.  I don’t blame my lawyer if the prosecutor delays an investigation or hearing.
But should they be “sleeping, playing board games, chatting” for their $85,000 a year? Would Brill have been happier if they were reading Crime and Punishment?  One friend of mine tried to get excused from the Rubber Room to volunteer in New Orleans after Katrina.  She was not allowed.

The reform movement is already failing by Diane Ravitch

We are in the midst of the latest wave of reforms, and Steven Brill has positioned himself as the voice of the new reformers. These reforms are not just flawed, but actually dangerous to the future of American education. They would, if implemented, lead to the privatization of a large number of public schools and to the de-professionalization of education.

More Related Links: 

The Parent Trigger: A Positive Step or a Distraction for Improving Our Public Schools? an online debate featuring Ben Boychuk and Julie Cavanagh.

I want to ask our panel, Why the media black out of Ron Paul’s 2nd place victory at the Iowa Ames Straw Poll on Saturday?
I said I’d do it last week… Now a week later, hope to squeeze it in.  Um, will try; Would love to get John Seiler’s take on it.   

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How to Prevent Riots in California | CalWatchDog

“I wonder how brazen those British thugs would be if they knew shop owners might have a loaded Sturm-Ruger Mini-14 under every counter. One report I saw tonight showed a block of shops totally destroyed and looted, save one: the bookstore. Clearly intelligent persuasion will not avail with the plunderers. Bullets might fare better. They are cowards, after all.” Click here to read the post.

Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/Martha, San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio, Tax Payer Advocate Richard Rider, CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, City Journal’s Ben Boychuk, and Nate Bradley of LEAP



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August 9, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal joins me as we talk with:  

City Councilman Carl DeMaio on his efforts to pass city legislation to reign in the fiscal crisis of San Diego and fix the unsustainable costs of the city’s public employees’ pensions and benefits.   

Richard Rider, San Diego Taxpayer advocate and president of San Diego Tax Fighters Group joins us on the real size of Govt debt when local, county, state and Federal Government debt are looked at all together.   

John Seiler has a new report posted up at CalWatchDog today on how the Market Crash Slams State Pension Funds.

Nate Bradley of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) on recent testimony he provided against California drug asset forfeiture laws.   

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Martha w/CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk, Assemblyman Chris Norby, Carlos Rodriguez of CA Libertarios

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July 26, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Assemblyman Chris Norby of Fullerton, CA, John Seiler of CalWatchdog and Ben Boychuk of City Journal join us, and Carlos A. Rodriguez, Immigration Attorney, Libertarian Candidate for Congress in 2010, drops by to share a bit of what he got at Freedom Fest in Las Vegas two weeks ago.  We’ll see just how lasting the good vibes he picked up have held up with him. 

We’ll talk with Assemblyman Chris Norby, John Seiler and Ben Boychuk about: 

  • Steven Greenhut’s published op-ed,  “Making [the] Public Pay for Budget Cuts,”  “’Armstrong & Getty,’” a talk-radio show in Northern California, recently featured a morning drive-time discussion during which listeners shared similar stories of police indifference. Police officials are blaming budget cuts for their cutbacks in service, but it’s hard to accept this explanation…”  “…’The California Highway Patrol is handing out more traffic citations than it did a few years ago, and that has generated tens of millions of dollars in revenue for state and local governments…’”  Public safety officials are handing out more tickets and shutting down services that are important to the public.  Why? What’s the alternative? 
  • John Hrabe’s piece on redistricting,  Jeanne Raya Failed to Reveal Donations, about another California Redistricting commissioner who failed to disclose a campaign contribution to a political candidate.  The purpose of the Redistricting Commission is supposed to avoid the “taint of partisanship.”
  • The CA Legislature’s maneuvers to curb citizen direct democracy including a bill requiring an hourly wage and banning pay for per signature gathered, which is on the gov’s desk for signing, and two other reform measures in the Legislature, that curb citizen direct democracy.  
  • After getting present to the reality of CA’s situation, we’ll touch on a previous piece by John called Rutten’s Amazon Attack Ignores Reality.  What is  Amazon’s Referendum about and why the contempt from the Left on this issue?  “Rutten is upset that Amazon is using the initiative process, created a century ago by the progressives who battled Southern Pacific, to thwart the recent Amazon tax. (The tax actually hits 25,000 small “affiliates” a lot more than it does Amazon because Amazon and other companies fired their affiliates.) But until now, Amazon has had close to zero political involvement in California. It’s only involved because it was attacked by Rutten and crew.
  •  Last week we didn’t have enough time to do justice to a piece by Joel Kotkin in the summer issue of City Journal Magazine, called  Lost Angeles: The City of Angels goes to hell so Ben Boychuk will talk about it tonight.  

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Martha w/CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, Tony Quinn of Fox&Hound, CA State Senator & Chair of Dems for Ed Reform Gloria Romero & Lydia Grant, Community Activist & Student Liaison in L.A.U.S.D.

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July 12, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:   Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Martha w/CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, Tony Quinn of Fox & Hound Daily, Chair of Dems for Ed Reform, Past CA Senator & Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero and Community Activist and Student Liaison Lydia Grant.  

Former CA State Senator and Senate Majority Leader, now Chair of CA Democrats for Education Reform issued a statement last week calling for sitting CA Board of Education member Patricia Rucker to recuse herself from the board’s hearing tomorrow, Wednesday, July 13th, when the board decides on the final draft of rules for The Parent Trigger law in California in California.   If the rules are not adopted at this hearing, then the process needs to begin all over again.  

We’ll talk with the Senator over her role in passing the Parent Trigger Law when she was in the CA Legislature, her support for the Parent Trigger Law, and why she is riding with two bus loads of parents, to Sacramento to appear before the CA State Board of Education in support of the The Parent Trigger Law.   


Tony Quinn joins us to discuss his passionate op-ed, Excluding The Public: The Redistricting Commission Goes Dark | Fox & Hounds Daily, published yesterday in Fox and Hound Daily concerning the “black out” we are now experiencing from our CA Redistricting Commission.  
We’ll also speak with Tony regarding his Fox & Hound colleague Joel Fox’s op-ed concerning the CA Legislature’s attack on Prop 13, “First, They Want to Go After Business Property Taxes.”

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Martha w/CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, City Journal & Claremont Institute’s Ben Boychuk, and CA Sen. Doug LaMalfa on CA budget deal, a tax cut July 1st, and San Francisco may ban circumcisions and sale of pets in the city.

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June 28, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:
Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo, CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA State Senator Doug LaMalfa R D4, and City Journal contributing writer and Claremont Institute fellow and columnist Ben Boychuk. 

We’ll discuss the new fake budget deal just cut (Seiler says Chiang should oppose this one too because it’s also a fake budget) between the Dems in the CA Legislature and Governor Jerry Brown.  Californians are about to enjoy a sales tax cut come July 1st. 
Did CA Controller Chiang’s  move to suspend pay to the legislators for their reject budget delivered June 15th blaze a new political trail in CA?  John Seiler thinks so. He thinks this is a showdown between the left and the fiscally responsible within the Democratic Party.  We’ll discuss it.
We’ll talk with Senator LaMalfa about policy shaping up under most people’s radar, concerning AB 32’s impact on water for CA agriculture and water and power for Californians including Southern Californians who seem blissfully unconcerned, as if the water wars don’t concern them.   Two articles on the politics of water policy  here and here.
Ben Boychuk has been posting on Facebook about San Francisco’s efforts to ban the practice of circumcision on infant boys within the City/County limits.   We’ll talk about this and their efforts also to ban the sale of pets in the City.  Nannystate or deflection from their fiscal crisis?

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John Seiler’s Headline reads “John Chiang Blazes Future of CA Politics” Bold Prediction or Wishful thinking? A fun and thought provoking read!

As they said in old-school physics, nature abhors a vacuum. Passed last November, Proposition 25 marginalized California Republicans by dropping from two-thirds to a majority the threshold for passing a state budget. That left the Democratic majority in the Legislature unfettered in its spending mendacity.

Into the void stepped Controller John Chiang, a fellow Democrat, to run the numbers and say the budget was unbalanced — that it was no real budget. Therefore, as the guy who writes the checks for the state, he was docking the legislators’ pay.

The pay docking also was part of Prop. 25. Except that the initiative didn’t indicate exactly how the pay was supposed to be withheld. As with almost all initiatives in this state, it was badly written, with the details left to be sorted out by the courts — another full employment program for lawyers.

Excuse the legalese, but here’s the exact wording of Prop. 25 on the pay matter: Click here to read more.

Tonight on Gadfly Radio: Martha Montelongo w/CalWatchDog’s John Seiler on CA, 47th Worst Economy & Richard Rider on More CA Breaking Bad News.

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June 21, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  
Tonight on Gadfly Radio: Martha Montelongo w/CalWatchDog’s John Seiler discusses ALEC-Laffer’s new State Economic Competitiveness Index report ranking California 47th on economic outlook and 46th for economic performance, and Richard Rider on more CA Breaking Bad News!   

Both will talk about CA Controller John Chiang blocking pay to the Legislators for their No-Budget Budget turned in and promptly vetoed by Governor Brown last Wednesday, June  15th.  


Rider’s email alert this afternoon read: RICHARD RIDER COMMENT: CA State Controller John Chiang has declared that the legislative budget passed was not balanced, and hence does not satisfy the requirements of props 58 and 25. Bottom line — no pay for CA legislators from 16 June until they submit an actual balanced budget.


Ever so wild however, Rider goes further than his prediction last November about the budget turned in “on time.”  He makes a prediction about Chiang that is wilder then usual even by his own standards.


Steven Greenhut, who is not with us tonight has a powerful piece up at CalWatchDog.com on the budget impasse he refers to as California State’s Ongoing Nutty Budget Battle.
In it, he refers to Richard Rider’s comments from last week when the budget came in “on time” and was promptly vetoed:  
Bogus Projections
Richard Rider, chairman of the San Diego Tax Fighters, described the failed budget as “a particularly imaginative piece—a disjointed combination of bogus revenue projections, even more accounting gimmickry, illegally passed tax increases and sources of revenue that this same Legislature was bound to reject when the follow-up bills came before them (such as selling state government properties). Brown did the only possible thing he could—he vetoed the mess.” Some of the “imaginative” elements included a legally dubious increase in the vehicle-license fee; the deferment of $3.4 billion in state payments to community colleges and universities; an effort to take $1 billion from early-childhood-development commissions; and an “Amazon tax” aimed at collecting use-taxes from online retailers, which may not pass legal muster. The budget also would have raided the state’s reserve fund and cut money from the state courts.

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