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NEW: Minimum wage activists set sights on L.A.

The concerted push for higher minimum wages in California has spread from the East Bay to Los Angeles. On the heels of a recently approved $15 minimum wage in Seattle, advocates for dramatically increased h...

A look at CA’s mixed-bag teacher firing reform

In some respects, it's now easier to fire teachers in California. In others, it's more complicated. That's the verdict on AB 215, the version of several different firing reform bills that cleared the Legisla...
 

CA, feds struggle with — and spar over — pot regulation

As California muddles ahead with its disorganized decriminalization of marijuana, local and federal lawmakers are adopting distinctly different approaches to the prospect of pot-related crime. City councils ...

Richmond pols continue posturing on underwater mortgages

A majority of the Richmond City Council still wants to use eminent domain powers to to seize “underwater mortgages" even though the bond market refused to sell $34 million in municipal bonds for the city last...
 

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NEW: Will CA groundwater regulation bring shortages?

  One area of California that largely has remained free of regulation is groundwater. Although state courts "adjudicate" groundwater rights and disputes, this longstanding system largely respects the private ownership of the water. Even the federal government mostly works within this state system. But that soon could change. On July 15, the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of Californi...

FTB spends 5 years, fails to collect $392

  California’s Franchise Tax Board spent thousands of dollars over five years in the futile pursuit of a Redondo Beach septuagenarian for $392. For more than half of that time, FTB staff lost the taxpayer's records and didn’t inform him of it. Willard Christine appealed the FTB’s tax ruling to the state Board of Equalization. The BOE granted it, 3-2, on June 24. Two board members criticized FTB’s h...

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Municipal Bankrupcy

 

What are the alternatives to bankruptcy?

Editor’s Note: This is the Ninth in a CalWatchDog.com Special Series of in-depth articles on municipal bankruptcy. It was 1975 and New York City was running out of cash. Its excessive spending and lack of financial oversight created a $14 billion debt, with more than half of it short-term. A request for a bailout from the federal government, headed by President Gerald Ford, didn’t happen and was memorialized...


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NEW: Apollo 11 after 45 years

I still remember in wonderment watching the Apollo 11 moon landing on TV 45 years ago this week. Her...

Pension bigger than salary?

Most people understand that your pension will be less than your salary. You don't have to commute an...

In Silicon Valley, liberal pols look to drive up cost of housing

The emergence of Silicon Valley as one of the wealthiest places in the world has led to plenty of me...

Speed promises for bullet train? CA says ‘never mind’

In 2008, California voters narrowly approved $9.95 billion in funds for a statewide high-speed r...

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