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NEW: San Bernardino bankruptcy shows pensions crowding out services

  In his novel “The Sun Also Rises,” California novelist Ernest Hemingway wrote, “How do you go bankrupt? Two ways: Gradually, then suddenly.” Case in point: the City of San Bernardino, whic...

NEW: Kashkari unveils education overhaul plan

Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor who promised to campaign on "jobs and education, that's it," delivered on half of that platform Tuesday, with the release of a bold plan for overhauling the ...
 

NEW: Gov. Brown’s legal strategy to prop up bullet train faltering

Last week's decision from a state appeals court to issue a summary judgment denying the Brown administration's unusual request to block a second trial in which Kings County and other plaintiffs challenge Califo...

NEW: CA Republicans ‘stand with sriracha’

The debate over a hot sauce factory is spicing up California politics. After a small number of complaints over the factory's alleged smell, the city of Irwindale recently voted to declare Huy Fong Foods, m...
 

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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: Chart shows stock-market not at new highs

With the stock market soaring again, it seems that happy days are here again for the economy. Except...

NEW: Supreme Court effectively upholds CA affirmative-action ban

Today the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action. Justice Anthony Kennedy wr...

Trash train fiasco illustrates private vs. public double standard

This story in the Orange County Register illustrates a common CalWatchdog theme: In the private sect...

On energy resources, will CA ignore lessons of North Dakota?

It was just less than two years ago that City Journal had the first high-profile story laying out th...

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