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CA GOP eyes special state Senate election

Aside from preventing Democrats from again nabbing two-thirds supermajorities in the California Legislature, the Nov. 4 national GOP electoral wave did little to change the political dynamic here. With two ye...

Federal drought bill dead in water until 2015

  Better and wetter luck next year, California. On Thursday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., put the kibosh on passing a federal water bill dealing with California’s drought during the lame-duck s...
 

Pension crisis divides CA Dems on UC tuition hikes

A 14-7 vote Thursday by the full University of California Board of Regents made it official: Golden State Democrats are deeply divided on tuition increases, thanks to the intractable politics of underfunde...

CA budget worse despite $2 billion new revenue

  California's budget picture is sort of like that old Sandy Dennis high-school movie, "Up the Down Staircase." Going up: Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor just reported tax receipts jumped $2 billio...
 

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CA green energy market snags on price glitch

Call it a green-energy glitch. Central planning of California’s green-energy market has run into a price glitch with the launching of its Energy Imbalance Market, which was meant to balance solar power and natural gas power at dusk each day. California’s green-energy market mainly is a joint venture of California’s grid operator, Cal-ISO, and Warren Buffett’s PacifiCorp system of hydroelectric dams in the ...

High-speed rail takes two more swipes at CEQA

This is the second in a series of articles updating the status of the California high-speed rail project in the wake of the California Supreme Court green-lighting bond funding. The first article covered two earlier attempts by the California High-Speed Rail Authority to get around the California Environmental Quality Act. This article covers two more attempts. In his 2013 State of the State address, Gov. Jerr...

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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: How Gov. Brown could ace Napolitano on U.C. tuition

As Chris Reed noted last week, U.C. President Janet Napolitano has another thing coming if she thin...

CA suffers country’s most expensive real estate

Who can afford to live here? The Los Angeles Times reported: Los Angeles County is the second-least...

CA tech geniuses: Global warming strategy a flop

The smartest climate scientists at Google's Silicon Valley research labs have now joined one of the ...

Good news: Lantern brings Internet to everybody

Some good news. A new pocket-sized, solar-powered device, Lantern, brings the Internet to everybody ...

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