Worse than you think 0

John Seiler:

If you’ve been reading CalWatchDog.com, you’ve seen my pieces warning that the economy might not perform up to the expectations of Gov. Arnold and the leaders in the Legislature. Back on June 21, I warned that a recession well could be coming in 2011, making the budget mess much worse.

And on Aug. 12, I warned that California well could repudiate its debt.… Read more

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Good News, We Think… 0

Anthony Pignataro:

We’re kinda torn on whether to celebrate this one: “The California Parole Apprehension Team (CPAT) — created as part of the Governor’s parole reforms — in less than 8 months has arrested or located 2,598 parolees-at-large, a record for the fastest and largest reduction of fleeing offenders in state history,” reads this official California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation press release sent out today.… Read more

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Redevelopment giveaway for Oakley? 1

AUG. 31, 2010

By KATY GRIMES

A small Contra Costa city appears to have an unusual amount of pull in the Capitol. A bill working through the Legislature would designate property tax revenues from a proposed power plant in the small city of Oakley, to specifically benefit the city’s redevelopment agency.

With barely more than 33,250 people and only 10,523 households in Oakley, using state legislation to create a financing stream for the city’s redevelopment agency has many questioning the bill.… Read more

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Kalifornia Kinder Koncentration Kamps 0

John Seiler:

Childhood should be a time of exploring the universe opening up before one. It ought to be filled with joy, freedom, happiness and, yes, danger. It’s danger that keeps life interesting.

Not in the Kalifornia Kinder Koncentration Kamps. AP reports:

RICHMOND, Calif.—California officials are outfitting preschoolers in Contra Costa County with tracking devices they say will save staff time and money.… Read more

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Unions' war on accountability 0

Steven Greenhut: The LA teachers’ union is livid over a Los Angeles Times series and database that enables readers and parents to look up the ratings of district teachers.  The unions have made it impossible to fire even abusive or incompetent teachers, and now they want to keep the public from knowing anything about the effectiveness of teachers. Only in a government monopoly can the corrupt and incompetent get such wonderful protections.… Read more

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