July, 2010

Retrospective: A state of esteem?

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

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 Golden State had a hot seller. Toward a S...

Another Bee parks-story critic

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Steven Greenhut: I'm not the only writer who sent an op-ed rebuttal to the Sacramento Bee's overwrought park "crime wave" story (here is the follow-up editorial calling for increased park fees) and who got no response. I didn't even get an acknowledgment from Editorial Page Editor Stuart Leavenworth...

First CalWatchdog Caption Contest!

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

We have been rendered speechless. Words escape us. Help CalWatchdog caption this photo of our colleagues, taken in the CalWatchdog newsroom today. Add your caption ideas in the comments section, and win a gift package from CalWatchdog. [caption id="attachment_7275" align="alignleft" width="300" ...

Tax hikes up in smoke

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Steven Greenhut: The Sacramento Bee published a fascinating story on the front page of Wednesday's paper, "Nose dive in cigarette sales slices tax revenue," which details  how new taxes and regulations have pushed cigarette sales to "their lowest levels in a decade." The result, though, us  the st...

State gags rail contractors

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

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 show...

More furloughs, but no budget

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

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 called for state employees to take three unp...

Chron: Gov Vetoes Farmworker OT Bill

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

SF Weekly: State GOP Following Porn on Twitter

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Union-Trip: State Budget Forums Enrage GOP

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

LAT: Bell Pensions on Temporary Hold

Thursday, July 29th, 2010