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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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Prop. 25 never promised accountability 4

April 30, 2012 By Katy Grimes California voters were duped by Democratic politicians, and they will probably do it again. Proposition 25, the “no budget, no pay” measure, was the creation of über liberal former state Sen. John Burton. Prop

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The Prop. 25 bait and switch 1

April 27, 2012 By Joseph Perkins For years, Sacramento’s tax-and-spend Democrats tried to figure out a way to persuade California voters to amend the state Constitution to require a simple — rather than two-thirds — majority of the Legislature to

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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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Brown needs to cut moonbeams, not welfare 62

Commentary April 20, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi California Gov. Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown recently issued a phony challenge to the state legislature to “man up” and cut services out of the state budget to resolve a lingering $9 billion deficit. Brown

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Ending Prop. 13 would slam small business 8

April 19, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi There is a big elephant in the room when it comes to a conversation about getting rid of Proposition 13, the 1978 tax limitation measure, by instituting a “split roll.” Under such a change,

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California declares land war on families 0

April 18, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi Everyone knows that California has water wars.  But it also has land wars. And one of the biggest battles is the state’s land war against zoning for the suburban single family home. And a

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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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Actually, tax increase would slam Calif. economy 26

April 17, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi Dan Walters, call your office!  Or call a reputable economist for therapy. Walters writes that a marginal tax rate increase amounting to $9 to $10 billion in new revenue would reflect only 0.5 percent

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