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Drought emergency strikes Southland water district

    Will next year bring restrictions to water use in Southern California that cause people’s yards to go brown and die? Could be, if the Southland suffers a worst-case scenario of low rai...

Deasy resignation continues LAUSD turmoil

John Deasy's recent resignation as the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District ends three years of controversy. But a cloud of chalk dust remains over the mammoth district's future. De...
 

Experts warn of new easy-money hazard

COSTA MESA -- Federal regulators are repeating the same easy-money mistakes that led to the Great Recession. So warned five housing and banking experts today at a Breakfast Panel discussion before local busines...

Unions, Santa Clara Democrats’ disclosure reports don’t match

A Bay Area Democratic campaign committee, which has transferred tens of thousands of dollars to targeted legislative candidates, is facing questions about discrepancies found in its campaign finance disclosure ...
 

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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...

Counties vie for ‘disadvantaged’ cap-and-trade bucks

  In the fictional town of Lake Woebegon, all of the children are above average. But in the real world of California, all of the counties are disadvantaged. Or so it seemed at a recent California Air Resources Board meeting as officials from all over the state poor-mouthed their districts to gain a share of cap-and-trade funds set aside for “disadvantaged communities.” Cap and trade is one of the ma...

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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: Are benefits of Prop 1 being oversold?

Proposition 1 -- a $7.1 billion state bond to pay for a variety of water projects -- was billed as a...

AFT paper backs Torlakson

One of the most influential campaign documents for the Nov. 4 election is seen by few people: "Persp...

San Francisco rebuked for ‘fundamental’ abuse of property rights

In an era in which eminent domain is routinely used to reward the wealthy and politically connected ...

CalPERS’ $100K club increases 900%

Let the good times roll! for those getting pensions from the California Public Employees Retirement ...

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