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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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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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Sacto can recover from bad arena deal 20

April 24, 2012 By Katy Grimes Just last week, the news that the arena deal in Sacramento was dead was all the rage. The Maloof family, owners of the NBA Sacramento Kings, backed out of a handshake deal with the

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‘Will work for shoes’ 18

April 22, 2012 By Katy Grimes State employee discounts are getting ridiculous. Despite the fact that California state and local government employees are among the highest-paid in the country according the latest U.S. Census Bureau, they receive all kinds of crazy discounts. I

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Dem maneuver in Legislature could slam housing market 0

April 20, 2012 By Katy Grimes Democratic Leaders in the Legislature have figured out a clever way to bypass the legislative committee process, in order to ensure the results they want. This latest legislative trickery and rule manipulation created quite a

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U.S. creating mostly low-wage jobs 6

April 17, 2012 By John Seiler A couple of days ago I wrote an article, “Why pensions are going broke.” It showed how the massive federal and state debts are weighing down the economy, which has not grown in 13

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Warning for CA: Harrisburg confronts bankruptcy 4

Editor’s Note: This is the seventh in a CalWatchDog.com Special Series of 12 in-depth articles on municipal bankruptcy. In a warning for California, it examines the bankruptcy of Harrisburg, Pa. April 17, 2012 By Tara Leo Auchey What happened in

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What Arnold’s memoirs need: A chapter on his betrayal of California 10

April 16, 2012 By Chris Reed Arnold Schwarzenegger’s offbeat request last week on his Facebook page for the public to tell him what to write about in his pending memoirs got the result he wanted: lots of attention. “More than

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‘World-class’ Sacramento deal dead 0

April 15, 2012 By Katy Grimes Ding, dong, the arena deal is dead. The free market won. Despite the failure of 13 years of efforts to build a publicly funded new sports arena in Sacramento, the-arena project-which-wouldn’t-die may have finally croaked–thanks to Mayor

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John Shirey: Master of Disaster 0

Steven Greenhut: As head of the California Redevelopment Association, John Shirey helped lead many local cities into a deep fiscal pit based on the redevelopment borrow-and-spend policies that promised great windfalls from these crony capitalist deals. Shirey was smart when

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