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NEW: Brown hits CalPERS on pension spiking

A bad month for CalPERS has gotten worse. On the heels of unfavorable news surrounding its investment strategy and leadership, the California Public Employee Retirement System provoked the wrath of Gov. Jerry...

Dems stop bills to ease gas price hike

  Perhaps the last chance to head off a California gasoline price hike that could exceed 50 cents per gallon by 2020 just was defeated on the state Senate floor. Sen. Andy Vidak, R-Hanford, offered a...
 

Bill would push unionizing franchise workers

  The franchise market in California, a keystone of small business in the state, soon could change radically. The California Legislature last Thursday sent a bill to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk that wo...

MADD angry at ridesharing regulations

Does ridesharing cut down on drunk driving? Mothers Against Drunk Driving says yes. MADD has entered California's heated debate over new regulations of the state's burgeoning ridesharing industry, arguing ...
 

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NEW: Expert says drought did not cause Napa quake

  Natural disasters predictably bring up speculation about causes. On radio shows, callers have been wondering whether the ongoing drought or fracking caused the 6.0 Richter scale South Napa Earthquake on Aug. 24. It's true that, just before the quake, scientists reported that a loss of 63 trillion gallons (with a "t") of water due to drought had lifted the earth’s crust in California one-sixth of an...

Covered CA premiums set to spike

  For some time, Obamacare critics have warned that health insurance premiums would skyrocket once the Affordable Care Act went into effect. Now they say the leap in premiums, as calculated by state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, is just the beginning of hefty annual hikes in the years ahead. Jones recently released an analysis – conducted in response to complaints regarding steep increases in hea...

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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: Mexico moves toward free-market oil

After its 1994 peso crisis, Mexico could have chosen more socialism -- or move toward capitalism. ...

Kiplinger: CA taxes highest — and state hostile to retirees, too

Over the years, when I've reported that the nation's CEOs continue to rank California as the most an...

Farm workers protest CA labor bureaucrats

Gerawan's oppressed workers are protesting today. For a year we have reported on the farm workers...

iPad scandal latest in long line for L.A. Unified — but different

The abrupt decision Monday by Los Angeles Unified Superintendent John Deasy to suspend the district'...

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