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Persistent kayakers continue fight via Coastal Commission for use of Kiddie Beach launch at Channel Islands Harbor

Persistent kayakers continue fight via Coastal Commission for use of Kiddie Beach launch at Channel Islands Harbor

By George Miller The members of the California Kayak Friends club had used Kiddie Beach, inside the entrance to Channel Islands Harbor ,for decades to launch and land their kayaks.  It’s a nice little “pocket beach,” located close to the ocean where they usually paddle. With a nice parking lot, short walk to the beach, nearby restrooms, […]

Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity gets green light to see data from Voter Registration records

Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity gets green light to see data from Voter Registration records

By Gina Swoboda   In a victory for the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, the DC Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that allowed the President’s Commission to request data from voter registration records. The importance of the work VP Pence, KS SoS Kris Kobach and their team are undertaking cannot be […]

PLF files appeal in challenge to Plumas National Forest road closures

PLF files appeal in challenge to Plumas National Forest road closures

Pacific Legal Foundation today appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in its challenge to vast restrictions that have been imposed on recreational access to Northern California’s Plumas National Forest. PLF represents Butte County and Plumas County, along with associations and individuals committed to public access for responsible recreational use.  Appellants include a […]

The buck stops here? Oxnard Treasurer says he struggles to be allowed to do his job

The buck stops here? Oxnard Treasurer says he struggles to be allowed to do his job

By George Miller Oxnard had horrible financial records. This is not just a matter of opinion, but is documented by multiple outside financial and operational auditors, as well as statements by the City Manager and key staff.  Based on a recent audit, things are much better now, but there are still major problems. The Treasurers’s election race last […]

2 Malibu property owners fined $5.1 million for blocking access to public beach

2 Malibu property owners fined $5.1 million for blocking access to public beach

LOS ANGELES — For decades, patient some Malibu property owners have made it hard for the public to reach public beaches. This week, check the California Coastal Commission fined two of those property owners more than $5.1 million for denying surfers, sand castle builders, kite flyers, sun bathers, yoga enthusiasts and other beachgoers access to […]

Apple opposes order to help FBI unlock phone belonging to San Bernardino shooter

Apple opposes order to help FBI unlock phone belonging to San Bernardino shooter

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook says his company will resist a federal judge’s order to access encrypted data hidden on a cellphone that belonged to the terrorist couple who killed 14 people in San Bernardino last year. In a statement released early Wednesday, Cook said that such a move would undermine encryption by creating a […]

IRS botches computer security, risks taxpayer info: audit

IRS botches computer security, risks taxpayer info: audit

Photo by: Susan Walsh The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington is seen here on March 22, 2013. (Associated Press)   The IRS sometimes uses old software without key security patches that leave its computer systems vulnerable and could endanger taxpayers’ private information, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday. GAO investigators raised […]

Is “Net Neutrality” neutral or not?- Responses to Phil Erwin column

Is “Net Neutrality” neutral or not?- Responses to Phil Erwin column

By George Miller  . Phil Erwin wrote an article here attacking the FCC “Net Neutrality” proposal. He believes it is not really “neutral” at all and has other, more sinister implications. Many believe such regulation would be unconstitutional, as the FCC is an agency attempting to write law, instead of Congress. Article I of the U.S. Constitution says Congress exclusively […]