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Secretary of State 2014: Tight race, cautious candidates

Alex Padilla
October 29, 2014 By John Hrabe. It's one of the few competitive statewide races in California. And befitting a close contest, Democrat Alex Padilla and Republican Pete Peterson share remarkably close visions for the job of secretary of state. asked the two candidates a half dozen questions about the job. The responses from both candidates, which are posted in their entirety below, show frequent a...

SEC commissioner warns of financial crisis

Growth of private debt,wikimedia
October 28, 2014 By Dave Roberts.   Much of the country, and especially California, has yet to fully recover from the Great Recession, which officially ended in June 2009. But recent federal government actions may be leading us into another financial crisis. That was the warning from Securities and Exchange Commissioner Daniel Gallagher at a panel discussion last week in San Francisco sponsored by the Pacific ...

Enviros battle over merits of rooftop solar vs. desert solar

October 27, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. Things aren't working out well for renewable energy advocates who hoped cheaper rooftop solar energy would replace large solar power plants in California’s Mojave Desert and return "economic democracy" to the people with millions of rooftop solar installations. This is reflected in the furious reaction of Chris Clarke -- who writes the popular Rewire blog for public television stati...

Prop. 48: Pechanga opposes expansion of tribal gaming

NEW: Prop 48: Pechanga opposes expansion of tribal gaming
October 27, 2014 By John Hrabe. A Native American tribe is spending big bucks to limit the expansion of tribal gaming in California. The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians recently contributed $1 million to oppose Proposition 48, a controversial compact that would pave the way for off-reservation casinos in California. In the tribe's view, the state's agreement with the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians would s...
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