Columns

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: Push for sharp minimum-wage hike under way in San Diego
California's second-largest and the nation's eighth-largest city appears sure to have a six-month-plus debate over whether to raise the minimum wage much more than the state government has in store. The Democratic majority of San Diego's City Council is going to put a proposal on the November ballot...
San Bernardino bankruptcy shows pensions crowding out services
  In his novel “The Sun Also Rises,” California novelist Ernest Hemingway wrote, “How do you go bankrupt? Two ways: Gradually, then suddenly.” Case in point: the City of San Bernardino, which filed for bankruptcy in 2012. The pace of municipal bankruptcy there has been slow beca...
Kashkari unveils education overhaul plan
Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor who promised to campaign on "jobs and education, that's it," delivered on half of that platform Tuesday, with the release of a bold plan for overhauling the state's failing schools. In a detailed 33-page proposal, Kashkari calls for rerouting e...
Chart shows stock-market not at new highs
With the stock market soaring again, it seems that happy days are here again for the economy. Except a new Chart of the Day shows that the Dow Jones Industrial Average, when charted against the price of gold -- the only real money -- is nowhere near record territory.     This ...
Gov. Brown’s legal strategy to prop up bullet train faltering
Last week's decision from a state appeals court to issue a summary judgment denying the Brown administration's unusual request to block a second trial in which Kings County and other plaintiffs challenge California's high-speed rail project bodes terribly for the governor's overall legal strategy. T...
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