Investigation-April, 2012

Los Angeles teeters on the brink of bankruptcy

Monday, April 30th, 2012

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. The situation is similar to that in other California...

Gov. Brown punts on jobs creation

Monday, April 30th, 2012

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 high-speed rail.  The governor ne...

FPPC chair backs away from mandatory disclosure of blogger payments

Monday, April 30th, 2012

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. Ann Ravel, chairw...

Abortion expansion bill gasps for life

Friday, April 27th, 2012

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 abortion providers there aren’t enough abortions in t...

Feinstein offers pact with water devil

Friday, April 27th, 2012

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. Feinstein included provisions in an amended Sen...

Dems stonewall accountability for Legislature

Friday, April 27th, 2012

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, and deliberate betrayal of trust. Assemblywoman Shannon Gro...

AB 1692 could halt city bankruptcies

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

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 bankruptcy, such as requiring negotiations wi...

Water reform re-Hatched in U.S. Senate

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

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 of that package would include H.R. 1837. Senator Hatch’s bil...

Calif. blog regulations could hit Drudge, citizen journalists

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

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 right, left a...

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

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

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 dealers. Three bills are ...

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