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How can computer science not be state graduation requirement?

February 20, 2013 By admin. Feb. 20, 2013 By Chris Reed The reports earlier this month that the state will no longer require eighth-graders to take Algebra 1 and allow them instead to take a somewhat less rigorous course covering algebra touched off a minor flap between those who saw this as dumbing-down standards and those who noted that the less rigorous course was better preparation for new state standardized ...

More fracking would increase CA tax revenue

February 19, 2013 By admin. Feb. 19, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi Is California the only state that does not have an oil and gas tax? This is what some politicians and advocates want you to believe and the mainstream media fail to fact check.  But is it true? * On Feb. 13, Capital Public Radio did not contest the statement of state Senator Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, that “an oil severance tax is long overdue” and...

Most East Coast media misjudge CA bullet train

February 19, 2013 By admin. Feb. 19, 2013 By Chris Reed The immense perception gap between East Coast and West Coast journalists when it comes to reporting on the Golden State was never in sharper relief than in 2003. If you were in California, the recall of Gov. Gray Davis felt like a political earthquake, a sign of vast public discontent and -- at least if you liked the recall -- an affirmation of the value of ...

Split-roll property tax would hit small business hard

February 18, 2013 By admin. Feb. 18, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi The attacks on Proposition 13 never seem to end. The 1978 tax-cut initiative's enemies, such as former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, conjure up a misleading image of large corporate owners of commercial real estate dodging taxes by selling commercial properties through “stock transfers.” They call for a "split roll" that would increase taxes on com...
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