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NEW: After 2014 successes, CA GOP leaders seek second term

Two years ago, Jim Brulte chastised his party for losing seats to laziness. “There were three Assembly seats that were lost because we got lazy,” Brulte said shortly after taking the helm as chairman of ...

Low turnout in 2014, high initiative count in 2016

Elections have consequences. Ironically, California's abysmal election turnout this November has teed up a veritable flood of ballot initiatives for 2016. Because the signature threshold for qualifying initiat...
 

Federal board pushes high-speed rail – a little

Two recent events are keeping California’s high-speed rail project rumbling forward – either to eventual construction or wasteful oblivion. The California High-Speed Rail Authority just announced it would b...

GOP lawmaker: fund schools with high-speed rail bonds

A Republican lawmaker wants to turn money for California's high-speed rail project into funding for schools. Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, introduced Assembly Bill 6, which would cancel outstand...
 

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NEW: Why green power won’t replace nukes

  Last year Southern California Edison mothballed its 2.3 gigawatt San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. As CalWatchdog.com reported at the time, the actual reason probably was mechanical defects caused from retrofitting the plant to ramp up and down rapidly to back up erratic green power. The Environmental Defense Fund and other green advocates now are celebrating that California is replacing the loss of...

Green power shocking big utilities

Peter Rumble, an outgoing Sonoma County administrator, recently announced the formation of California Clean Power, a new private company where he serves as CEO. According to Rumble, the mission of CCP is “to provide cleaner power at a lower cost with local control.”  They plan to do this by helping cities and counties establish Community Choice power programs similar to the existing Sonoma Clean Power, whic...

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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: CA firefighter makes $508,893

The problem of absurdly high compensation for government workers in California never seems to get be...

Dems bring back fundraising party

When the going gets tough -- the tough party. A series of scandals involving three California sta...

Budget fight shows unlikelihood of fed $ for bullet train

Congress' most intense squabbles over the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending plan that passed Saturday w...

Dismal election turnout

The California Secretary of State's office just released figures showing the Nov. 4 election suffere...

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