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NEW: Groundwater war breaks out

  Future historians might mark July 20 as the date when a full scale war broke out over California's groundwater. On July 20 in the Los Angeles Times, George Skelton, the dean of California journalists...

Buzz builds for Brown ’16

Is the fourth time the charm for Gov. Jerry Brown's presidential aspirations? The question may well have more to do with politics at the national level than the state level. Believe it or not, a fresh round o...
 

Lawsuit could expand state control of groundwater

  Sacramento Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner just issued a preliminary ruling that Siskiyou County must regulate groundwater well permits along the Scott River in accordance with "Public Trust Doctrin...

‘Six Californias’ will go before voters

Its debut on a California ballot might still be two years away. But this month, supporters successfully verified the quixotic, Silicon Valley-powered Six Californias initiative obtained the necessary signatur...
 

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Will CA groundwater regulation bring shortages?

  One area of California that largely has remained free of regulation is groundwater. Although state courts "adjudicate" groundwater rights and disputes, this longstanding system largely respects the private ownership of the water. Even the federal government mostly works within this state system. But that soon could change. On July 15, the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of Californi...

FTB spends 5 years, fails to collect $392

  California’s Franchise Tax Board spent thousands of dollars over five years in the futile pursuit of a Redondo Beach septuagenarian for $392. For more than half of that time, FTB staff lost the taxpayer's records and didn’t inform him of it. Willard Christine appealed the FTB’s tax ruling to the state Board of Equalization. The BOE granted it, 3-2, on June 24. Two board members criticized FTB’s h...

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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: David Cay Johnston replies to my tax blog

Due to some technical problems, David Cay Johnston's reply to my blog, "Tax increases boost jobs?," ...

Chiro settlement a reminder of board crony problem

This week, we got a fresh reminder of the problems created by the practice of allowing governors to ...

CA taxes have DROPPED $6 billion

Let me elaborate on something I mentioned in a blog yesterday: California taxes have dropped $6 bil...

McClintock: Border mess shows government can’t be trusted

The current influx of illegal immigrants along the Texas border has ramped up the immigration debate...

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