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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: Pot politics could inhale controller’s race
The California Republican party has a lot riding on Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin. She's the only prominent Republican who carried a strong lead into the recent "jungle" primary elections for statewide office, under which the top two candidates, regardless of party (or no party), advance to a No...
NEW: Consumer Watchdog criticized for ‘misleading’ report
The shoe's on the other foot for Consumer Watchdog (no connection to CalWatchdog.com). Routinely critical of state regulators for failing to protect consumers, the consumer advocacy group has been criticized by an independent oversight panel for presenting "incorrect" and "misleading" informa...
Geothermal mandate could drive up energy costs
  California residents and businesses could be paying an extra $400 million annually for electricity if a geothermal energy mandate bill making its way through the Legislature becomes law. Senate Bill 1139, by Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, would require non-publicly-owned utilities to purc...
The myth of California’s underpaid public school employees
  Eduardo Benard, a custodian at San Francisco’s Leonard R. Flynn Elementary School, received $107,912.31 in pay and benefits in 2013. He was one of 31 custodians employed by California public schools that boasted more than $100,000 in compensation last year, according to just-release f...
Complaint alleges people with disabilities barred from voting
A complaint filed earlier this month with the U.S. Department of Justice alleges that thousands of Americans with disabilities have been illegally deprived of their right to vote. The perpetrator of this injustice: judges. The complaint, which was filed by the Disability and Abuse Project, alleg...
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