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Arnold at Bohemian Grove 0

John Seiler: Tonight, July 30, Gov. Arnold gave a speech before the supersecret, elitist, cultish Bohemian Grove club. Reports the Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is scheduled to address a throng of rich and powerful men on Friday

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Retrospective: A state of esteem? 3

JULY 29, 2010 A CalWatchdog Retrospective: 20 years after the California Task Force to Promote Self-esteem and Personal and Social Responsibility. By K. LLOYD BILLINGSLEY California state documents do not generally fly off the shelves but 20 years ago the

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State gags rail contractors 1

JULY 29, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO All contractors hired by the California High-Speed Rail Authority to prepare environmental reports on the project are contractually prohibited from discussing their agreements with the media, a CalWatchdog examination of the authority’s current contracts

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More furloughs, but no budget 0

JULY 29, 2010 By KATY GRIMES Faced with a $19.1 billion state deficit and no acceptable budget in the works, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reinstated furloughs for state workers on Wednesday. In an executive order declaring a fiscal emergency, the governor

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1/5 of Californians admit they're crazy 0

John Seiler: News item: Almost 5 million California adults say they could use help with a mental or emotional problem, according to a survey released Wednesday by researchers at UCLA. About 1 million of them meet the criteria for “serious

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Court upholds contingency fees 1

JULY 27, 2010 By LAURA SUCHESKI The California Supreme Court released a controversial decision Monday in County of Santa Clara v. Superior Court (Atlanta Richfield Co.) that may worsen the state’s already dismal lawsuit climate for businesses. The court ruled

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Bee stokes phony crime wave 11

JULY 26, 2010 By STEVEN GREENHUT In what can only be viewed as an attempt to build public support for the hiring of more park rangers, the Sacramento Bee on July 25 published an overwrought front-page story – complete with

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City muddles tax cut verbiage 1

JULY 26, 2010 By KATY GRIMES Ballot language for a Sacramento city utilities initiative that would rollback rates — proposed by the city attorney and approved by the City Council last week — is so confusing and unreadable that even

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DNA tests gone wild 0

JULY 26, 2010 The University of California, Berkeley, has inadvertently stepped into a brewing ethical debate over genetic testing and medical privacy after it asked the incoming freshman class to submit to the campus cotton swabs with DNA samples from

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Admin costs crowd out teaching 5

JULY 26, 2010 By JOHN SEILER A revealing new study shows that in recent years increases in the administrative costs of California’s K-12 schools have squeezed salaries for teachers. It shines a powerful searchlight on exactly what goes on in

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