Politicians seek special enviro deal on arena 7

This is Part One of a two-part series. March 30, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO — The unusually speedy approval of a new NBA arena for the Kings basketball team in the heart of downtown Sacramento leaves many details and

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Bond betrayal: Did college district dupe OC Tax on PLA? 8

March 29, 2013 By John Hrabe When Orange County voters approved $698 million in new borrowing for the Coast Community College District last fall, they received reassurances from the county’s preeminent taxpayer organization that the measure took a responsible approach

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Bullet train: Is L.A. Times’ beat reporter ashamed of edit page? 9

March 28, 2013 By Chris Reed There’s been quite a bit of good reporting done on the bullet-train fiasco. Mike Rosenberg of the San Jose Mercury-News and Lance Williams of California Watch jump to mind. But Ralph Vartabedian of the

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Obamacare to raise CA costs, shutter Anaheim hospital 4

March 27, 2013 By John Seiler Many people, including yours truly, have warned that Obamacare would lead to higher costs and worse medical care. That’s now happening like a heart attack. A new estimate by the Society of Actuaries pegs

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McClintock, Zetland wage CA water war 4

March 25, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi In California, water wars are fought not merely over water but over water ideology that justifies the creation of commercial or public sector jobs that flow from the water. The latest water war involves

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Good and bad news on bullet train(s) front 5

March 24, 2013 By Chris Reed As I wrote last week, the budget that Senate Democrats have embraced contains so little discretionary funding for California’s bullet-train project that it is impossible to see how the $68 billion project ever gets

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CA welfare state wants more ‘clients’ 20

March 22, 2013 By Katy Grimes The Employment Development Department used to be called the “Unemployment Department.” And state welfare recipients are now “clients.” The majority party in the California Legislature appears determined on expanding social services in the state

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Only 54% oppose bullet train? Sheesh 3

March 22, 2013 By Chris Reed When word came out Thursday night that a new PPIC poll showed the public was against the bullet train fiasco, I wasn’t surprised. But only 54 percent? Wow. Here’s John Myers’ account: “The survey

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Radicalness of CARB’s long-term plans comes into focus 10

March 20, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO — While the California Air Resources Board continues to forge ahead like a blind bull in a china shop with its far-reaching climate change plan, the extent of the destruction that could result

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Sacramento growth plan: more low-income housing 15

March 19, 2013 By Katy Grimes When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping. But not in downtown Sacramento. There isn’t anyplace to shop in Sacramento’s downtown any more, other than the one remaining Macy’s in the wilting Downtown

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