Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wheels Are Coming Off California's Ballyhooed Comeback

Oh brother.  I think it's starting:
"After four years of uninterrupted growth, states' tax collections saw a decline in the first quarter of 2014. Preliminary figures for the second quarter of 2014 indicate further declines in personal income-tax collections and possibly in overall state taxes.

Then came the show stopper:

"Most of the decline is attributable to a single state — California — where personal income-tax collections declined by $2 billion, or 11.1%. If we exclude California, personal income tax collections show a growth of 2.0% in personal income tax collections and a growth of 0.6% in overall state tax collections."

This time last year, liberals around the country were trumpeting the big fiscal comeback of the Golden State in the wake of Jerry Brown's giant tax increase — Proposition 30.

California's Economic Collision Course: Immigration and Water

Hard hitting CA article.  I've been following CA stupidity now for a number of years.  This article pretty much sums up the last couple of years pretty well.

Despite a much-heralded recovery in the media and by Governor Jerry Brown, California still has one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates. Also, more than 30% of the nation’s welfare recipients are Californians – even though California has just 12% of the nation’s population. It is not surprising, therefore, that California is ranked number one in poverty.

The cause for those bad statistics is bad government policy. California is the most regulated, highest-taxed, most in-debt state in America. According to government data, from the municipal to the state level, California governments have more than $1.1 trillion in debt – much of that tied to pensions.


[A]fter California Republicans fought for a greater emphasis on water storage, Brown agreed to a bond that spends $2.5 billion on water storage – a figure woefully short of what is needed. Obviously, Brown thinks high-speed rail is 27 times more important than water storage.

Neither that water bond nor any other state level effort currently underway will sufficiently add to the amount of available water now or in the future. Water equals jobs, however, and without a far-reaching effort such as building 60 desalination plants at the same cost as the high-speed rail project – plants that won’t need future subsidies, the California economy is on an economic collision course with immigration.

Monday, August 18, 2014

California's most conservative and liberal cities: Where's yours?

What surprised me was how several leftist-filled cities are so over-the-top leftist-filled.  I can't help but feel there is nothing natural about this, too.  I think the clarion call went out, calling Leftists to come on down.

I'm posting the two extremes. The first is of towns considered conservative leaning.

This is of Leftist leaning - I refuse to use the word Liberal.  There is no way Berkeley in any sense of the word "Liberal".

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Protesters in California prevent Israeli ship from docking

CA used to be the Land of Fruit and Nuts.  Now it is the Land of the just plain unhinged.

According to Dr Paul Larudee, a co-founder of the Free Palestine movement, thousands of activists waving Palestinian flags turned out to blockade the Israeli cargo ship Ever Lasting, which pulled into a harbour in the San Francisco Bay on Saturday morning.

The protesters intended to form a picket line to prevent work crews from unloading the ship, responding to the Palestinian General Federation Trade Union's BDS call for workers around the world to refuse to handle Israeli goods. "The Ever Lasting and its sister ship ZIM Piraeus were both due to be unloaded that day," Dr Larudee told MEMO.

"As it approached the docks, however, the Ever Lasting was ordered by the port authority to return to the entrance and moor to the side until further notice. In the meantime, the ZIM Piraeus had been treading water off the coast of Monterey since the previous evening."

He added that, "The reaction of the port authority and the decision to delay the arrival of one of the ships was apparently due to the knowledge that the dock workers were going to respect the picket line of the demonstrators."
But the real kicker is what one of the commenters posted:
mariamorningstarparker (signed in using yahoo) Unfortunately for everyone involved, the Everlasting is not an Israeli ship, nor does it sail to Israel. Its Hong Kong flagged and owned by a Chinese company. This error is embarrassing to the movement- and 5 minutes on the Internet could save a whole lot of explaining down the road, so i urge everyone to do their homework first, before we prevent another Chinese from unloading. We did the same thing in 2010, btw- you'd think we would have learned by now.


I love his "tell it like it is" attitude.  A breath of fresh CA air!

"[The politicians] do nothing here. The government of this state, everything they do is the opposite of what they should be doing. We're losing revenue. People are leaving for Nevada and Texas and Tennessee, with no state tax. What should we do? I don't know, let's raise state taxes to 13 1/2 %! That's going to make more people leave. Come on, guys!"

He continues, "This country was built on individuals. It wasn't built on the bigger government. You look at what's happening in California, with runaway production and all that. We're not going to keep business here. We do nothing to encourage business to be there.

"We've made it so hard for people to start businesses, of course they're going to go to Vegas,; of course they're going to go to Dallas; of course they're going to go to Nashville; they're going to go to Florida. They're going to go to places that are opening their doors."

The California Exodus

Well, unfortunately, the largest portion of CA'ians moved to TX.   We would actually appreciate it if they stayed away.

California has experienced rapid population growth for most of its history, but that trend has come to an end. California’s population grew by 2.9 percent over the last three years, only slightly above the nation’s 2.4 percent increase. Over the last few decades, millions of Californians have left the Golden State for opportunities elsewhere. According to census data compiled by my colleague Rob Gebeloff, the Pacific Northwest and fast growing Sunbelt states like Texas, Arizona and Nevada have attracted a disproportionate share of ex-Californians.
You might want to check out the bar charts they have posted, too.

L.A. Faces $15 Billion Bill as Pipes Spring Leaks: Cities

High debt, high taxes, high water rates, high sales taxes.  The tax payers are tapped out.  This is the face of a city that is destined for ruin.
About 240 miles of L.A.’s pipes are more than a century old, James McDaniel, senior assistant general manager of the Department of Water and Power, told the the City Council’s energy and environment committee on Aug. 6.

The utility replaces only about 18 miles of pipe per year rather than the 34 miles officials called for in 2012. McDaniel said managers want to be able to replace pipes at a rate of every 170 years -- which would be an improvement over the present change-out pace of every 315 years.

Garcetti, a Democrat elected last year after running on a “back to basics” platform, has said he doesn’t favor tax or water-rate increases to fund improvements, and he hasn’t proposed bond measures. He has said existing resources should be used more wisely.

As for the July 29 rupture, the cause was a bad joint, not an old pipe the city should have replaced, he said. Still, “we pay for this one way or another,” he told reporters Aug. 4. “If a main breaks, that cost comes back to ratepayers.”
Here is a proposal:  Pass a temporary tax but include a clause saying that if any councilman or other government worker votes to extend past a certain date he will immediately go to jail.