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Katy Grimes

Capitol Cesspool: Dem Sen. Nancy Skinner Involved in Cover-Up of Sexual Harassment?

The California Legislature has declared and legislated sex “a contractual event,” and redefined consensual sexual relations as “rape” if it occurs on a college campus – but not in their own offices. Perhaps lawmakers should have turned their attention inward to their own Capitol offices where lawmakers have been accused of a great deal of non-contractual sexual events.

Headlines Monday by KTLA screamed, “San Fernando Valley Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra to Resign Next Year Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations.” But the devil is in the details. The article then states, “Bocanegra announced he will not seek reelection Monday, citing ‘persistent rumors and speculation’ regarding sexual harassment claims.”

‘Not seeking reelection’ is not a resignation.

Assemblyman Bocanegra has been accused by six new women of sexual harassment, according to the Los… Read More

Richard Rider

Commuter light rail has been an expensive disaster, and now Uber is making it totally outdated

Across the nation, local politicians have felt compelled to spend billions on commuter rail. It’s “feel good” spending pushed by special interests — results be damned. Commuter rail has been pretty much a disaster. It’s failed up to now, and is rapidly being made completely outdated by rider sharing (Uber) and driverless cars. But the madness continues.

Los Angeles is a stark example of the folly of light rail. According to the LA TIMES, the LA region spent over $9 billion on mass transit (primarily rail) since 1985, and they have fewer RIDERS in 2015 than they did in 1985.

http://riderrants.blogspot.com/2016/02/billions-spent-but-fewer-people-are.html

Here’s an article highlighting some examples of U.S. city commuter rail spending boondoggles. Impressive, sad to say.… Read More

Richard Rider

CA electricity costs much more than other states, and FAR more than Texas

Oh my! I just ran MY cost of California electricity stats using the latest federal data compilation:

CA residential electricity costs an average of 44.2­% more per kWh than the average for the other 49 states. CA commercial rates (think office buildings and shopping centers) are 60.6% higher.For industrial use, CA electricity is an astonishing 98.5% higher than the other states’ average. (August, 2017). https://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/epm_table_grapher.cfm?t=epmt_5_6_a

The Texas advantage compared to California is even higher. CA residential electricity costs 71.2% more per kWh than Texas residential electricity. CA commercial electricity costs 115.7% more than TX. But the astounding figure is the INDUSTRIAL rate difference — CA rates are 175.7% higher than TX.

I was prompted to run this update by a fine article (below) comparing how CA and TX deal with the cost of electricity. TX is well served by having more of a free market system with competition. Meanwhile CA is… Read More

Katy Grimes

GOP Tax Reform: Leave No Taxpayer Behind

Many California Republicans are excited about the federal GOP tax reform bill and anxious for tax relief, but others are warning about the negative impacts on individual taxpayers in high tax states like California and New York.

I spoke with California’s Congressman Tom McClintock this week to drill down into the corporate and personal aspects of the tax reform bill, to understand the nitty-gritty.

The bottom line for Rep.… Read More

Katy Grimes

CA Senate To Hire Lawyers To Cover Up Sexual Harassment

The California Legislature is a hotbed of indecency, on many levels. Decades of vulgarity, obscene tales of trysts and assignations, and the usual gropes and grabs have made the rounds in local watering holes, and on the pages of newspapers. So when more than 150 women wrote an open letter last month condemning the culture of sexual harassment in the Capitol, news reports joined in the condemnation. Since then, more women have added their names to the letter. But it turns out the culture inside the Capitol is even more uncivil and indelicate than previously thought possible.

Following the women’s letter, it was reported that Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León said his office has asked the women’s caucus for further recommendations on “new protectionsthat will encourage those who have been… Read More

Richard Rider

CA state Democrat legislators 3 times more likely to be sex offenders??

Two “facts” I’ve unearthed that everyone should know:

1. There are about twice as many Democrats as Republicans in the two California state legislatures. 2. Democrat legislators and senior staffers are responsible for SIX times more sexual abuse incidents than Republicans.

Here is a Q and A about these facts:

Q. Is it true?

A. Yes, and no.

Q. Huh?

A. The California state legislatures’ ratio of Democrats vs. Republicans is an easily documented fact. The other is a complete unknown. Well, unreported, at least.

Q. Then why claim that “six times” ratio as the Democrats’ abuse figure?

A. Because a 6-1 ratio is probably quite low. I like to be conservative with my numbers. Note that 6 times more Democrat incidents translates to triple the propensity of Democrats to carry out such acts (remember the 2-1 ratio in the state legislature).

Q. What makes you think your ratio is conservative?

A. To the extent any names are mentioned by the press… Read More

Katy Grimes

Jerry Brown Building His Empire Right Under Our Noses

As California Governor Jerry Brown burnishes his climate change credentials on his crusade to Rome for talks at the Vatican, his adoring California media are ignoring what he is really doing.

“Absent a seat at the negotiating table, Brown has a role organizing state and local officials from around the world who are increasingly seeking to craft their own climate deals, independent of what their nations’ leaders do,” CalMatters wrote.

Brown has conflated the Trump administration’s disinterest in pushing faux climate change policies with a lack of leadership.

“Brown struck an urgent tone about the threat of a warming world and welcomed the Trump administration to join his ‘crusade,’ CalMatters reported.

Brown’s latest ploy is another in a long line of maneuvers to set… Read More

Katy Grimes

CA Gov. Jerry Brown’s War Against Reality… and the Climate

Jerry Brown says the world needs ‘brain washing’ on climate change. Sounding indeed brainwashed, Brown said, “The problem … is us. It’s our whole way of life. It’s our comfort … It’s the greed. It’s the indulgence. It’s the pattern. And it’s the inertia.”

I hate to be a party pooper but the totalitarian trio of Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot also said the world needed… Read More

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