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NEW: Video: More choices means a better education

CalWatchdog.com's Brian Calle talks to Superintendent Liz Fagen about how a robust program to offer parents and students choices about their education has helped transform Colorado's Douglas County School Distr...

NEW: Video: How much is a good teacher worth?

CalWatchdog.com's Brian Calle talks to Superintendent Liz Fagen about the three most important factors that have gone into reforming the Douglas County School District in Colorado. http://youtu.be/ImEtrk4CQo...
 

NEW: Video: The truth about plastic bag bans

The ban on bags at the grocery store has multiple unintended consequences. John Phillips tells Alexis Garcia why the bag ban won't make anybody healthier. http://youtu.be/riyLxM4Al1U

Video: Can CA tax its way to prosperity?

California taxes are going up, but according to Americans for Tax Reform's Grover Norquist, the new revenue isn't going solve any problems. He explains why real change in the state need to come in the form of p...
 

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Sen. DeSaulnier grills high-speed rail CEO on funding

Editor's Note: This is Part 2 of a series looking in depth at the latest hearing in the state Senate on California’s high-speed rail blueprint. Part 1 is here. Skepticism took center stage as the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee held hearings on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to use cap-and-trade revenues to fund the project. The committee reviewed the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s 2014...

Initiative would revive redevelopment agencies

  If it were a movie, it might be called “Revenge of the JEDI: the Redevelopment Empire Strikes Back.” It’s the California Jobs and Education Development Initiative (JEDI), which would enable the revival of the 425 redevelopment agencies eliminated in 2011 by Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Legislature. The initiative liberalizes the definition of “blight” to include areas where the unemployment...

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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: LAT: All hail ‘economic stability,’ surpluses achieved by Gov....

The ability of Gov. Jerry Brown to convince the state press corps that he has righted California's l...

NEW: Appeals court backs bloggers’ First Amendment rights

The First Amendment protects, among other things, "the freedom of speech, or of the press." Yet mode...

86 million private-sector workers support 148 million benefit takers

U.S. Census numbers tell why America's economy is sluggish and likely headed downward again: There a...

Santa Ana considers taxing … free Skype calls! Oh, the insanity

California is known as the world leader in lots of things -- pop culture, technology and wacky lifes...

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