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Debra Saunders: Arnold a flop
One of my favorite columnists is Debra Saunders of Chronicle. She's survived the ongoing demise of newspapers, at least so far. Her take on Arnold's State of the State address is similar to mine (which was published yesterday in our news section). She writes: Mention Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger - y...
NEW: Are benefits of Prop 1 being oversold?
Proposition 1 -- a $7.1 billion state bond to pay for a variety of water projects -- was billed as a huge improvement over bloated past proposed water bonds when it emerged from the Legislature this summer. Now Gov. Jerry Brown's political warchest and Sean Parker of Facebook and Napster fame are fu...
Drought emergency strikes Southland water district
    Will next year bring restrictions to water use in Southern California that cause people’s yards to go brown and die? Could be, if the Southland suffers a worst-case scenario of low rainfall and no imported water, Tony Zampiello told CalWatchdog.com; he’s watermaster for t...
AFT paper backs Torlakson
One of the most influential campaign documents for the Nov. 4 election is seen by few people: "Perspective," by the community College Council of the California Federation of Teachers; which is part of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. Physical copies are sent to thousands of teachers acr...
Deasy resignation continues LAUSD turmoil
John Deasy's recent resignation as the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District ends three years of controversy. But a cloud of chalk dust remains over the mammoth district's future. Deasy conceded his policies sowed sharp disagreements. And a conciliatory statement by the...
San Francisco rebuked for ‘fundamental’ abuse of property rights
In an era in which eminent domain is routinely used to reward the wealthy and politically connected -- to the detriment of  poor and middle-class property owners -- it's easy to forget that property rights as conceived of in the U.S. Constitution are every bit as essential as free speech and the ri...
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