Breaking News-March, 2013

Politicians seek special enviro deal on arena
Saturday, March 30th, 2013

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 unanswered questions on the table, including how this arena project possi...

Bond betrayal: Did college district dupe OC Tax on PLA?
Friday, March 29th, 2013

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 to long-term indebtedness. ...

Bullet train: Is L.A. Times’ beat reporter ashamed of edit page?
Thursday, March 28th, 2013

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 Los Angeles Times probably deserves top honors. Vartabedian's smar...

Obamacare to raise CA costs, shutter Anaheim hospital
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

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 increases in California medical claims costs by 2017 at 62 perc...

McClintock, Zetland wage CA water war
Monday, March 25th, 2013

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 Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove., who delivered an address ...

Good and bad news on bullet train(s) front
Sunday, March 24th, 2013

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 done. But here's an interesting twist. The primary au...

CA welfare state wants more ‘clients’
Friday, March 22nd, 2013

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 despite eviden...

Only 54% oppose bullet train? Sheesh
Thursday, March 21st, 2013

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 from the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California finds virtuall...

Radicalness of CARB’s long-term plans comes into focus
Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

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 is beginning to become evident. At a legislative hearing Tuesd...

Sacramento growth plan: more low-income housing
Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

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 Plaza shopping mall. But even that store is on the chopping bl...

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