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More Fixes Won't Fix Things 0

SEPT. 27, 2010 It’s easy to conclude that California may become, as former state librarian Kevin Starr put it, a “failed state.” It’s just too big, unruly and diverse to be effectively governed, commentators frequently say. Californians are also said

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Lawmakers Like Prop 25 0

SEPT. 27, 2010 By KATY GRIMES Proposition 25 has many of the state’s legislators up in arms, but for very different reasons. Some fear losing the two-thirds vote threshold on budgets and taxes, while others fear the initiative process is

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When Is A Tax Just A Tax? 0

SEPT. 24, 2010 By KATY GRIMES When is a tax just a tax, and a fee just a fee? A November ballot initiative seeks to answer the question by defining both a tax and a fee, and then require both the

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Reading Meg's Tea Leaf 0

SEPT. 24, 2010 Meg Whitman fascinates me. She’s a former (and quite successful) CEO of a major dot.com who until two or three years ago showed precisely zero interest in anything involving elected politics. She didn’t vote or engage in

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Officials Hid Size Of Pension Crisis 0

SEPT. 22, 2010 By DAVE ROBERTS Due to “Alice in Wonderland” accounting methods, the amount that taxpayers owe to provide pensions for local and state government employees is much larger – perhaps an extra $2.5 trillion – than government officials

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Tax Hike Idea Ignores 'Capitalization' 4

SEPT. 22, 2010 By WAYNE LUSVARDI San Francisco Chronicle Columnist Debra Saunders has proposed raising the annual rate of property tax increase allowed under Proposition 13 from 2 percent to 2.5 percent to solve the state budget crisis (see “What I Would Do If I Were Governor,”

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The Attack on Seniors 0

SEPT. 21, 2010 by KATY GRIMES This op ed originally appeared in The Sacramento Business Journal Sept. 17, 2010. On the weary backs of California seniors, the governor’s May budget revision offers a plan to help alleviate the state’s $19.1

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West Covina's Great Ed Reform 0

Steven Greenhut: Per the San Gabriel Valley Tribune: “WEST COVINA – Board members supportive of a new district policy are confident that West Covina Unified can maintain enrollment despite new guidelines that allow any student to transfer to other districts.

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More On Right Up For A Fight 0

SEPT. 19, 2010 For years, Republican establishmentarians have taken their grass-roots supporters for granted, knowing that, come Election Day, activists will vote for the lesser of two evils – i.e., that even a bad Republican is better than a Democrat.

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The (Big) Money's On Whitman 0

SEPT. 17, 2010 Earlier this week, gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman made a campaign stop at Yelp, a user-generated business review Web site. She received a bruising and biased barrage of questions from employees, critical of Whitman’s self-funded campaign financing. It

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