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CA deals Indian casino chaos

Despite generating huge revenues, California's Indian casino industry has been dealt some questionable hands. Political interests have begun to swirl like a roulette ball around fresh efforts to legalize inte...

CalPERS numbers attract fresh scrutiny

The California Public Employees' Retirement System looks to see 2015 as another controversial year, especially around four budding controversies. First, attention has focused in recent weeks around the way...
 

Dems double down on CA for comeback

Under the still powerful influence of  Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have turned to the party's strength in California to see them through the next election cycl...

Under fire, Feinstein’s water bill collapses

It has been an uncharacteristically bad week for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. First, her quiet effort to engineer a substantial drought relief bill for California washed out to sea. After working all ye...
 

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Is CA prepared for Ebola?

  The Ebola virus has yet to hit California, but it’s likely coming, according to state health officials. They say the state is prepared, but nurses on the health care front lines aren’t so sure. “Given the spread of Ebola in West Africa and world travel, we should not be surprised if sometime in the near future a person in California is suspected of Ebola. And California needs to be prepared,” Ass...

CA green energy market snags on price glitch

Call it a green-energy glitch. Central planning of California’s green-energy market has run into a price glitch with the launching of its Energy Imbalance Market, which was meant to balance solar power and natural gas power at dusk each day. California’s green-energy market mainly is a joint venture of California’s grid operator, Cal-ISO, and Warren Buffett’s PacifiCorp system of hydroelectric dams in ...

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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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For 2nd straight election, inattention leads to huge Assembly upset

In 2012, Republican officials were appalled at the incompetence of Lancaster City Councilman Ron Smi...

Obama’s Thanksgiving turkey: 3,145 new regulations

As if the California Legislature passing nearly 1,000 new bills a year were not enough. Presiden...

Oakland arts tax slams poor

With Californians increasingly being priced out of owning homes, what does progressive Oakland do? M...

Good news: State Senate cuts staff 4%

The good news keeps washing into California like a tubular wave. Due to budget problems, the Cali...

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