Students Protest For Entitlements 1

Katy Grimes: On the west steps of the Capitol today a small group of college students protested the proposed cuts to public university and community college budgets — schools which the California taxpayers already subsidize.

And right along with the students were several legislators encouraging the entitlement. Even the usually subtle Democratic Sen. Leland Yee was boldly encouraging students to put pressure on legislators about the budget cuts.… Read more

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Kings Or Not, Sacto Can't Be ‘World Class’ 10

The Maloofs should leave town and take Mayor Johnson and his blather about “world-class cities” with them.

FEB. 28, 2011

By STEVEN GREENHUT

As Sacramento Kings owners’ Joe and Gavin Maloof ponder moving their basketball team to Anaheim, Sacramento area residents and civic boosters have once again been caught up in the debate over what it takes to turn California’s capital city into what the mayor calls a “world-class city.”

Let’s be frank.… Read more

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Cowboy Cops Pollute Sac Streets 0

Steven Greenhut: I just saw a Sacramento city police officer take off on horse like a bat out of hell after a man clad in business attire crossed the street before the light changed to green. There were no cars around, so it seemed like a bit of an overreaction but it probably was fun to get a horse to gallop in the heart of the city. … Read more

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Poisonous Budget Spider Uncovered 1

FEB. 28, 2011

BY WAYNE LUSVARDI

There is a line in Sir Walter Scott’s novel Ivanhoe where a gentleman is…

advised to remember that all the wealth he had acquired by sucking the blood of miserable victims had but swelled him like a bloated spider, which may be overlooked while he kept in a corner, but would be crushed if it ventured into the light.… Read more

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Pensions Before The Poor! 3

FEB. 28, 2011

By TROY ANDERSON

For years, officials in California have used accounting gimmicks, stimulus funds and the state credit card to keep the safety net intact.

But experts say the state may have run out of tricks.

Facing a $25 billion state budget shortfall, Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed to cut hundreds of thousands of parents and their children from the welfare rolls on July 1.… Read more

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Advocates Advance New Pot Initiative 2

FEB. 28, 2011

By STEVE KUBBY

The November 2012 presidential election affords proponents of a ballot initiative to change state law concerning the regulation of marijuana a strong opportunity for success. The most significant consideration is that the California electorate for the next presidential election will be considerably younger.

Our analysis indicates that 21 percent of all voters will be under the age of 35, compared to just 16 percent in the November 2010 election.  … Read more

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Sacramento's Identity Crisis 1

FEB. 28, 2011

For several years Sacramento has waged a debate over whether our NBA team, The Sacramento Kings, will leave town for greener pastures and deeper pockets.

As a Sacramento native, I remember very well the fanfare surrounding the Kings’ arrival in town in 1985. You’d have thought that the real royals, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, had moved in.

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Can California Mimic Wisconsin? 0

FEB. 28, 2011

If a real union reform battle can take place in Wisconsin and spread to other liberal rust-belt, union-dominated states, then it could perhaps happen in California —- although it might take some time, given the political dynamic here and the Golden State’s “follows its own drummer” ethic.

Wisconsin, and Madison in particular, is a surprisingly liberal place, with a Progressive tradition that echoes California’s past.… Read more

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