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Public Utilities Commission crashes into Uber, Lyft

This week was supposed to be a Kumbaya moment for state legislators and ridesharing services. On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed it into law compromise legislation allowing the firms to continue to flour...

Arnold meets his match in India

Arnold Schwarzenegger has met his match in South India. On Monday, just a few days after the controversial unveiling of his official gubernatorial portrait in Sacramento, the former California governor trave...
 

Guerrilla marketing fuels OC mystery campaign

Less than seven weeks from Election Day, political campaigns are looking for novel ways to distinguish themselves from all the election-related noise. In Orange County, one creative independent expenditure h...

New appeal seeks to halt bullet train

A new legal move has ratcheted up the legal battle around California's $68 billion high-speed rail project. In a controversial decision late this July, the California Court of Appeal for the Third Distri...
 

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NEW: Does drought pricing violate state law?

This is Part 1 of a series. Calls now are going out to raise water prices even higher to spur conservation. Instead of fining people for watering their lawns, numerous economists are recommending just tacking a punitive surcharge onto water rates until use drops. But there's a problem with this drought fix: It would violate Proposition 218, which voters passed in 1996. It requires voter approval for a...

In fighting drought, San Antonio leaves L.A. in the dust

  Could cities such as drought-vulnerable Los Angeles come to regret that a “privatization” provision in the old $11.1 billion state water bond was removed? Back in 2009, there was an outcry against language in the original version of a proposed state water bond that would have allowed private companies to own, operate and profit from water projects partly funded by taxpayers dollars. Critics said it o...

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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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Separatism loses in SCT, CA

Coming shortly after entrepreneur Tim Draper's Six Californias initiative failed to qualify for the ...

Garcetti shows why minimum wage kills jobs

In backing a higher minimum wage for his city, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti inadvertently explain...

In debate, Torlakson misrepresents teacher-discipline bill

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson debated challenger Marshall Tuck on Wednesd...

Absurd Prop 2 provision shows extent of teacher unions’ clout

If you want an example of just how powerful the teachers unions are in Sacramento, consider Proposit...

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