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Federal judge rebuffs CalPERS, OK’s San Bernardino bankruptcy

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August 30, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi. In a victory for taxpayers, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that the City of San Bernardino is eligible to file for bankruptcy. That trumped the claims of the California Public Employees Pension System that the court had the paramount right to force the city to raise taxes to fund pensions. This the first municipal bankruptcy domino to fall in California after the 2008 financi...

CSU, UC pressed to disinvest in fossil fuels
August 30, 2013 By Joseph Perkins. Raven Rutledge is a student at San Francisco State University. She has not summered as a Wall Street intern. She is not enrolled in SFSU’s MBA program. Yet, the environmental studies major played a lead role this summer in pressuring the San Francisco State Foundation -- which manages the university’s $50 million investment portfolio -- to disinvest in fossil fuels. “I wo...

Gun controllers fire volley of bills through Legislature

August 29, 2013 By Katy Grimes. A new Harvard University study found that gun bans don't lower the murder rate. That hasn't prevented the California Legislature from firing a fusillade of new gun-control laws. AB 711, by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, would make California the first state in the nation to prohibit the use of all lead ammunition for hunting.  According to Sam Paredes with Gun Owners of...

SB 1 would brand ‘inefficiency’ as blight

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August 29, 2013 By Charles Cagnon.   Should government get into the business of judging people on the “efficiency” of their property?  SB 1 would grant government that capacity -- along with the power to take that property if officials decide it’s being "inefficiently" used. SB 1 is by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento. Two years ago Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature abolished redev...
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