August, 2010

State Paying for Bullet Train Station
Friday, August 27th, 2010

AUG. 27, 2010 By KATY GRIMES A bill designed to formally authorize the proposed bullet train system expenditures is only now working through the legislature even though the project has been rolling ahead at full throttle. Though a glance at the California High-Speed Rail Authority website appears...

Little Hoover talks Big Water
Friday, August 27th, 2010

Anthony Pignataro: Yesterday the Little Hoover Commission released a new report titled Managing for Change: Modernizing California's Water Governance. Like all government watchdog reports, a lot of scathing findings and sound recommendations lay behind that jargon-clogged title. Well, I'm assuming ...

Trouble at Developmental Services
Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

AUGUST 25, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO This should sound familiar to many people. “(T)here is not really any communication between staff and upper management,” one employee said. “A lot of us are angry and hurt about the way the management seems to be unscathed by the budget, and yet they te...

Committee Endorses Prop. 22
Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Steven Greenhut: The GOP's initiative committee this morning embraced Prop. 22, 9-8, the obnoxious anti-property-rights initiative promoted by the left-wing League of California Cities and the California Redevelopment Association. The GOPers said it was about local control, but this initiative is ab...

Will High Speed Rail Ever Get on Track?
Thursday, August 19th, 2010

AUG. 19, 2010 Last month I had the privilege of riding the best train in California. Indeed, it’s perhaps the best in the Lower 48. This train is efficient, safe and even fun to ride. At no time during my journey did anyone accost me, nor did security guards or police ever harass the passengers. ...

Free-market sense from a Democrat?
Monday, August 16th, 2010

AUGUST 16, 2010 As of Tuesday, legislators were 41 days past the constitutional deadline for passing a state budget, yet the state's majority Democrats weren't even holding budget hearings. Why bother? The state is $19 billion in the red, but the two sides aren't even close to coming to terms. Repu...

Correa introduces pay disclosure act
Thursday, August 12th, 2010

AUGUST 12, 2010 By STEVEN GREENHUT State Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, released language today from his Taxpayer Right to Know Act -- aimed at improving public access to information about the salaries and perks enjoyed by the state's government employees. The bill comes in the aftermath of the cit...

Sacto's grimy light rail system
Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Steven Greenhut: I had to leave a car in the shop this week, so I got initiated into Sacramento's light-rail experience on the Regional Transit line from Folsom to downtown. No doubt, it was useful to have an alternative means to work and the highly subsidized $2.50 one-way fare made this a cheap ri...

Sunshine would prevent more Bells
Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

AUGUST 11, 2010 By MICHAEL BARNHART Bell is one of the poorest cities in Los Angeles County, pays its top officials some of the highest salaries in the nation, including nearly $800,000 annually to the city manager. When citizens do not have the information necessary to hold officials accountable,...