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Los Angeles teeters on the brink of bankruptcy 40

April 30, 2012 By Brian Calle Taxpayers in Los Angeles are facing a major crisis if Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other officials do not begin to address the systemic, structural issues putting the city on the fast track to economic upheaval.

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Gov. Brown punts on jobs creation 14

April 30, 2012 By Joseph Perkins  California Gov. Jerry Brown appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” yesterday, during which he listed items “right at the top” of the state agenda, including pension reform, renewable energy, the California water plan and

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FPPC chair backs away from mandatory disclosure of blogger payments 9

April 30, 2012 By John Hrabe  Following widespread criticism from online pundits and free speech advocates, California’s political watchdog is backing away from a plan to require news websites and bloggers to disclose payments received from campaigns and political committees.

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Abortion expansion bill gasps for life 26

April 27, 2012 By Dave Roberts California women abort their unborn children at a significantly higher rate than the rest of the country, accounting for nearly one in five abortions in the United States. But for many Democratic politicians and

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Feinstein offers pact with water devil 32

April 27, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi Yesterday U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., responded to a Republican-backed water bill stalled in the U.S. Senate with a deal that might end up as a pact with the water devil for farmers and water agencies.

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Dems stonewall accountability for Legislature 7

April 26, 2012 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO — If revenge is a dish best served cold, it’s downright arctic in the California Legislature. Two members of the Assembly just found out how frosty politics can be when there is a chilling,

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AB 1692 could halt city bankruptcies 40

April 26, 2012 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO — Bankruptcy still haunts California cities six months after Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law AB 506. Written by Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, the bill made it more difficult for municipalities to file

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Water reform re-Hatched in U.S. Senate 4

April 26, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi On Wednesday April 25, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced an omnibus energy and federal land use bill.  It would combine bills that have passed through the House but have stalled in the Senate. Part

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Calif. blog regulations could hit Drudge, citizen journalists 25

April 25, 2012 By John Hrabe California’s chief political watchdog, Ann Ravel, recently announced plans to regulate political websites that accept payments from campaigns. Last year Gov. Jerry Brown appointed her to head the Fair Political Practices Commission. California bloggers

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Legislature’s hit-and-run attack on car dealers 22

April 25, 2012 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO — Maybe the California Legislature should just take over state car dealers the way the Obama administration took over General Motors and Chrysler. That might be better than the Democratic-controlled Legislature driving over the

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