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Ballot initiatives to watch in 2014

voting, beeler, cagle, Dec. 12, 2013
December 13, 2013 By Adam O'Neal. It’s no secret Republicans have seen their influence wane throughout California. Democrats control both chambers of the state legislature with supermajorities. Every statewide office is held by a Democrat. And fewer and fewer Californians identify as Republicans each year. One of the last — and perhaps most effective — ways for conservatives and Republicans to influence state p...

Update: Critics charge SF/Oakland Bay Bridge still unsafe

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December 11, 2013 By Katy Grimes. New questions have arisen about the subject of several stories I wrote last spring about the construction debacles on the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge repairs. In May, I covered a report of the concerns of engineer Yun Chung. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake struck with 6.9 magnitude and shook up much of Northern California, killing 63 people. Of them, 42 died when a chunk o...

Have Los Angeles teachers unions gone too far?

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December 11, 2013 By Adam O'Neal. The American Federation of Teachers sponsored a “day of action” Monday to ostensibly shed light on educational issues. Teachers throughout the country — with varying success — staged demonstrations discussing a laundry list of union priorities. Its state affiliate here is the California Federation of Teaches. In California, where unions have long wielded more influence than in...

Privacy expert: Covered California privacy actions ‘worrisome’

Obamacare waiver for Reid, Allie, cagle, Dec. 10, 2013
December 10, 2013 By Adam O'Neal. It isn't just the federal Affordable Care Act website, healthcare.gov, that has suffered unacceptable "glitches" that President Obama has decried. So has our state's implementation, Covered California, whose problems include low Latino enrollment. One of the most disconcerting, and persistent, worries about each website is security. The federal website, which has become more usable ...
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