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Gov. Brown rebuilds redevelopment

Reversing his 2011 abolition of redevelopment, on Monday Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law two bills that will revive it, Senate Bill 628 and Assembly Bill 229. He also vetoed a third redevelopment measure, AB...

VIDEO: Pete Peterson — Empowering entrepreneurs to transform California

You can't register your business online in California and the state has a long history of punishing business owners and entrepreneurs in other ways as well. Pete Peterson, the Republican candidate for Secret...
 

VIDEO: California’s GOP — Can There Be A Resurgence?

CalWatchdog's Brian Calle talks to Assembly Republican Leader-Elect Kristin Olsen about the lessons the GOP has learned in California. Can the Golden State GOP build a winning coalition based on education refor...

Drought brings centralized groundwater control

  Was it necessary to pass three new bills that increase the California government's control over groundwater? The numbers tell the story. By now most Californians have heard the shockingly huge numb...
 

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NEW: Fact-checking water price subsidies

This is Part 3 of a series. Part 1 was on how drought-water pricing violates Proposition 218’s ban on tax increases without a vote of the people. Part 2 was on fact-checking water pricing. Water subsidies are the focus of much controversy in California, with farmers commonly bearing much of the blame. The waters can be cleared a little by examining two positions held by David Zetland, a well-known water e...

Quarter-million applicants still waiting for Medi-Cal

  A quarter-million Medi-Cal applicants have been waiting more than 45 days, and in some cases nearly a year, either to receive coverage or find out why their application has been denied. That’s an improvement from the 900,000 applicants who were languishing in early summer without coverage or word from Medi-Cal. But it will take another six weeks for most of the remaining 250,000 residents to receive or...

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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: Torlakson continues lying about teacher-discipline law AB 215

Tom Torlakson supports a status quo in which an average of 2.2 of the state's 275,000 public...

NEW: Newsom reluctant to debate Nehring

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is crusing to re-election victory on Gov. Jerry Brown's coattails and the gene...

Texas Latinos out-achieve CA Latinos in broad array of categories

Heritage Foundation senior editor Mike Gonzalez has a new book out this month, "A Race for the Futur...

Apple and Google snub FBI snoops

In good news for Californians, Silicon Valley companies are getting some backbone in rebuffing gove...

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