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San Jose Mayor Reed folds on pension initiative

March 19, 2014 By James Poulos. In a disappointing indicator of the challenges facing public pension reform, outgoing San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has shelved his statewide ballot initiative designed to address the problem. The mayor blames a time crunch and unappealing language used in Attorney General Kamala Harris' ballot summary, according to The San Jose Mercury News. Reed now hopes supporters will target 2016 for...

CA GOP convention reached ‘whole new level’ of inclusiveness

GOP convention
March 19, 2014 By John Hrabe. At last weekend's spring convention in Burlingame, California Republicans promised an effort to "Rebuild, Renew, Reclaim." "We're pushing the party outside of its comfort zone," California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte said in advance of the convention. "And we're already seeing the benefits." So did the party's convention mantra prove to be more than just a slogan? GOP g...

CA advances transparency — but needs some work

CA Forward
March 17, 2014 By John Seiler. This is Sunshine Week, a time to promote transparency in government. An AP analysis found that the Obama administration, which came into office promising to be the most transparent ever, has become more secretive. Fortunately, things are better out here with our California governments, state and local. Today California Forward, a reform group, released its new report, "Rebooting Finan...

What groundwater regulation will bring

Ventural county groundwater
March 17, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Part 1 is here, and described California’s new green groundwater regulatory scheme.  For the first time, California is not only going to manage groundwater basins, but conduct surveillance and policing of groundwater withdrawals.  California’s Central Valley groundwater is mainly found in four large subregional basins: the Sacramento Bas...
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