Borrowing Our Way Out of Debt

By conventional analysis, the stunning and overwhelming passage of Propositions 57 and 58 has placed California on the road to fiscal recovery. The unprecedented $15 billion bond gives the legislature and the administration the time they need to put the state’s finances in order. The stern spending limits in Proposition 58 will give the governor […]

Fear and Budgeting in Sacramento

What a field-day for the heat. A thousand people in the street. Singing songs and carrying signs. Mostly say, “Don’t you dare cut any of our programs!”With apologies to the Buffalo Springfield song I ripped off above, the annual summer budget fight has started early in Sacramento. Welfare mothers, students, and a myriad of others […]

For a good time call: C-A-L-I-F-O-R-N-I-A

Sometimes, a story is just too good to pass up. Dateline—San Rafael—a local massage parlor, busted several times for prostitution, is located in a building owned by the state of California.That is right. The state leases land to a massage parlor, and from what I hear about its Internet web site and police record, it […]

Haynes chastises legislature for failing to act on Workers Comp

Democrats Ignore Governor’s Call for ActionSACRAMENTO-Assemblyman Ray Haynes (R-Murrieta) has called the Democrat majority in Sacramento to task for failing to act on workers compensation reform, as demanded by Governor Schwarzenegger in his State of the State address.California’s workers compensation system, widely regarded as the worst in the nation, has been one of the largest […]

Residents: Your input is valued

Jay Wickman is currently serving on the Murrieta General Plan Advisory Comittee for the city of Murrieta. He represents the area between the 15 and 215 Freeways. ”I am seeking public input from the residents of my area in order to update the City’s General Plan,” Wickman said. “If residents living in this area would […]

Time to expose water half-truths

It seems like the Natural Resources Defense Council has forgotten about the law of gravity. Isaac Newton proved it with an apple falling d-o-w-n-w-a-r-d from a tree branch. Yet, the environmental group thinks it can send water uphill as part of its solution to \\"fix\\" the San Joaquin River. A court decision in the 1980s […]

Anarchy in Oz

Every once in a while, I know I have entered the Land of Oz. Witness the controversy over gay marriage. This last week Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco called the comments by the President of the United States regarding the homosexual marriages in San Francisco “disgraceful.” Rosie O’Donnell even called his statement “hateful”!What?The mayor […]

Words of War

There are thousands of ways to die, none are good, but some are better than others. Romance, virtue, glory, duty are quickly lost when the horror of war meets gross human causality. Killing is most difficult if your enemy becomes human. Dehumanizing your foe is essential for no sane person enjoys killing a brother. Living […]

Elect Nancy Knight

The Riverside County Board of Education has created a new Trustee position for area 7; covering the Lake Elsinore, Murietta and Temecula School Districts. As Riverside faces new challenges in the future of Education, we need a Trustee like Nancy Knight who will bring vision, experience and dedication to this position. Nancy has been a […]

A message from EVMWD: Taking a LEAP of faith

As 2003 finally came to a close and a new year was welcomed in, Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District closed the chapter on the second phase of the permitting process for their innovative LEAPS project. LEAPS, otherwise known as the Lake Elsinore Advanced Pump Storage Project, is an idea that came into fruition in 1997 […]