Why CA is so screwed up, in a nutshell 11

March 31, 2013 By Chris Reed So CalPERS’ actuary, in a fit of unusual honesty, says the pension giant’s finances are in bad shape in the long run and need to be firmed up. But Alan Milligan realizes that asking

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Did Gov. Brown really cut staff costs? 6

March 31, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi  Gov. Jerry Brown has received a lot of media attention lately with his news release that he cut his personal staff budget by about 50 percent compared to his predecessor, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.   In

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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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Why is state gov so inefficient? Duh. Job preservation. 18

March 30, 2013 By Chris Reed The Sacramento Bee’s Jon Ortiz had a piece Thursday about the grotesque mess that is California state government that had lots of interesting details about the extent of the dysfunction: “Last year, Gov. Jerry

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AB 245 would shine light on cap-and-trade auctions 6

March 29, 2013 By Warren Duffy AB 245 is a bill that would reverse the secrecy that currently exists around the cap-and-trade auctions of the California Air Resources Board. As CalWatchdog.com reported last August, the Legislature “nixed” proposals to mandate accountability under Sections

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Auditor: California $127 billion in the red 7

March 29, 2013 By John Seiler It’s official: California is broke. According to a new report by state Auditor Elaine Howle: “unrestricted net assets totaled a negative $127.2 billion. Restricted net assets are dedicated for specified uses and are not available

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Redevelopment 2.0 keeps flaws of the old redevelopment 0

This is Part Two of a two-part series. Part One is here. March 29, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi Los Angeles-based redevelopment expert Larry Kosmont is marketing his Redevelopment 2.0 idea as a way to compete with other states that currently are

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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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Unionized workers reject their own UAW contract! 0

March 29, 2013 By Katy Grimes In an bizarre twist on reality, the United Auto Workers union found itself bargaining as an employer, but got a taste of their own medicine when 74 of the union’s own workers at the UAW-General Motors Center

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