Investigation-April, 2011

Inflation Means California Default

Friday, April 29th, 2011

APRIL 29, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI A March 24 Los Angeles Times-USC opinion poll indicated that 80 percent of likely California voters favored putting a cap on state spending. That is a remarkable statistic that didn’t make the original headline in the Times about the results of the poll.  Inste...

Calif. Descends Into Class Warfare

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

APRIL 27, 2011 With the sharp political divide found in just about every issue today, class warfare has taken an interesting turn. Issues including education, food choices, housing, health care and even pet care no longer are just defined as tensions between groups of different social classes Now,...

How to Dilute Politicians' Power

Monday, April 18th, 2011

APRIL 18, 2011 By STEVEN GREENHUT When I lived in Iowa, I was an average citizen, and, one day, I had a question for the governor's office for an article I was writing for a small newsletter. I called the Capitol number and was transferred to an aide, who responded with something to this effect: "...

CA Jobless Fund Goes Broke

Friday, April 15th, 2011

APRIL 15, 2011 Because of California’s disastrous unemployment rate -- 12.2 percent at last count -- the State Unemployment Fund is in a precarious position. It actually went insolvent two years ago, and pays out benefits today only because of federal loans. Assuming the Legislature continues to ...

Big Teacher Is Watching You

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

John Seiler: Government already spies on us almost continuously. Now this: No kid will be safe slacking off in the back of the classroom if a new type of video camera invented by Teachscape, a San Francisco-based company, makes its way into California classrooms. It's a camera called Teachscape Re...

Did Political Heroes Save Us?

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

APRIL 6, 2011 The April 5 edition of Capitol Morning Report included an intriguing entry. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth (Feb. 6, 1911), Assemblyman Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills, is holding an essay contest. It’s quite simple: in 1,000 words or less, you have to explai...

Budget Battle A Bad Movie Sequel

Monday, April 4th, 2011

APRIL 4, 2011 Have you ever watched one of those predictable, boring movies where you wish you could just skip the obligatory chase and romance scenes and get to the "I see it coming" ending already? That's what I feel like as I watch the unfolding drama – and I use the term "drama" loosely ...

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