June, 2012

A cruel month for public employee unions
Friday, June 22nd, 2012

June 22, 2012 By Joseph Perkins California public employee unions were already having a bad June, what with passage of public pension-reform ballot measures by voters in both San Diego and San Jose over the opposition of union bosses. But their June got exponentially worse yesterday when the U.S....

Assembly committee kills bond misuse bill
Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

June 20, 2012 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO -- California's bond debt is on steroids, but it's the taxpaying residents who will be responsible for the financial meltdown. California politicians are well known for their budget fund shifts, "borrowing" from agencies and funds, and creative accounting ...

Tequila shots for an ‘honest budget’
Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

June 18, 2012 By Katy Grimes As Legislative leaders worked so diligently to pass the sham budget last week, their motive was obvious—they wanted to be paid. Even when they miserably fail at the only aspect of the job they are actually responsible for, they think they should be remunerated. Wh...

Election boosts privatization drives
Friday, June 8th, 2012

June 8, 2012 By Joseph Perkins Voters in San Jose and San Diego sent a loud, clear message to public employees unions this week that they can no longer expect gold-plated benefit packages and immunity from private competition. Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak hopes the message resonates with ...

CA shakedown headed for a breakdown
Monday, June 4th, 2012
CA shakedown headed for a breakdown

June 4, 2012 By Katy Grimes California legislators looked as if they were working hard last week, with hundreds of bills to debate and vote on. But it wasn’t difficult to see that much of it was for show. They seem to want everyone to think that what they do is challenging, and only they are qua...

Bill to create ‘segregated’ school discipline
Friday, June 1st, 2012

June 1, 2012 Katy Grimes: With all of the recent talk about nanny states and politicians interjecting themselves into the personal lives of citizens, another such bill was passed in the Assembly Thursday. But this bill will allow the state of California to dictate the grounds for school suspension...