CalWatchdog Morning Read – January 18

Many CA House Democrats boycotting inauguration San Diego spent millions on retirees who came back to work A bill to help pot growers to pay taxes Lack of oversight at the BOE Water rules stay in place … for now Good

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Many of California’s congressional Democrats skipping inauguration

At least 15 of the 39 House Democrats from California are planning to boycott the presidential inauguration of Republican Donald Trump, according to multiple reports.  The reasons range from district work, to disdain for Trump, to responding to Twitter polls.

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – January 17

Bullet train report prompts renewed criticism, investigations Trump unpopular in CA, but not all of his ideas Can’t predict ACA repeal impact without replacement in mind All Democratic eyes on Senator Feinstein Silicon Valley’s Thiel mulling gubernatorial run Good morning. The

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New report: CA high-speed rail faces 50 percent cost overruns

SACRAMENTO –  California’s ongoing “high-speed rail” project connecting Los Angeles with San Francisco continues to run up against the same, recurring problem since voters gave the plan initial bond funding in a 2008 statewide initiative. There’s a growing chasm between

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California bill would ban driving while high

  Amid a patchwork landscape of laws and enforcement, California legislators eyed a new bill that would ban getting high behind the wheel. Joined by Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Campbell, state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, introduced Senate Bill 65 to address an

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – January 16

Issa leading bipartisan push for high-skilled visa overhaul Bullet train costs skyrocketing The battle lines in CA vs. Trump Education spending may rise as districts cut A new union dues case coming up? Good morning. Happy Martin Luther King Jr.

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Rep. Darrell Issa leads bipartisan push for visa reform

  With contending pieces of legislation now up for consideration in Congress, California has returned to the national spotlight on one of the most contentious immigration issues — special visas granted by the federal government to attract foreign talent. Long critiqued

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – January 13

Lawmaker targets Uber’s self-driving vehicles in new legislation  Scientists rebuke Coastal Commission over desalination Does Consumer Watchdog actually help lower insurance rates? Brown cuts doctors out of tobacco tax money Democratic lawmakers pushing for cap-and-trade extension Good morning! TGIF. One lesson

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Assemblyman wants to crack down on unpermitted, self-driving vehicles

It’s not enough that Uber killed its unpermitted, self-driving-vehicle pilot program in San Francisco just a week after it started; an assemblyman wants to squash any further attempts to test vehicles without a permit as well.  Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – January 12

Minimum wage savings for the state mean multi-million dollar burden for counties Foreclosures shrink to 11-year low Brown withholds school bond funds without oversight plan in place Planned Parenthood worried about Washington 42 percent of state out of drought Good

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