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NEW: Pension spikes crumbling CA roads

From roads to bridges and well beyond, California's neglected infrastructure won't receive relief this election cycle. For years, the state has lavished money on other projects -- especially public pension...

NEW: Assembly 65 swing-seat spending tops $5.2 million

Two years ago, legislative Democrats pulled off an upset in the heart of conservative Orange County. "I was a surprise win in the last election," Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton, said in a rece...
 

Democrats divided on big issues in CA

Although Democrats in California are eager to celebrate major victories next Tuesday, political fault lines lie under their party. From anti-rape legislation, to education reform, to health costs and beyond,...

Rail court decision could run over future bonds

Is there a cow catcher on the front of the California high-speed rail project? One that pushes away future bond measures on everything from water to parks? That's the unasked question as voters head to the p...
 

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8 of 9 Water Bond Czars hail from NorCal

  Call them Water Bond Czars. They’re the nine members of the California Water Commission and will decide how to implement Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond on the Nov. 4 ballot, should voters pass it. While most media have focused on what’s in the bond, little attention has been given to who will oversee the first water storage projects built in California in 50 years. The bond stipulates ...

Stormwater tax drowns voters

California is embarking on a program of capturing storm water from flood control channels for urban landscaping at high costs.  And stormwater capture projects won’t require voter approval under Proposition 218, the Right to Vote on Taxes Act, because courts have ruled stormwater recapture is not a tax on top of basic water service. Prior to 2014, there was no taxing authority and no legal way for county flood...

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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: Izumi study sparks law promoting online learning

Maybe things actually are starting to change for the better in California's embattled public schools...

NEW: Part of bullet-train legal mystery may be answered

For close followers of the bullet-train saga, one of the most basic mysteries of recent years has be...

Field Poll: Dems win in CA, schools chief close

It isn't over till it's over, Yogi Berra famously said. But in California's partisan statewide races...

CA hugely benefits from fracking boom that drives enviros nuts

Having seen a gallon of gas drop to $3.09 at a Valero or two -- after a summer in which gas prices f...

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