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State Board Loans State Dept Money
Dec. 17, 2010 By KATY GRIMES On Dec. 15, a state investment fund loaned more than a million dollars to the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The Pooled Money Investment Board, which approved the loan, plays a quiet role in the complicated process of getting expensive infrastructu...
School Cuts Would Mostly Target Fluff
DEC. 17, 2010 By WAYNE LUSVARDI At a state budget forum held on Dec. 14 in Los Angeles, Gov.-elect Jerry Brown and re-elected state Treasurer Bill Lockyer indicated that they are going to move quickly to significantly cut state funding for K-12 public schools given a “shocking” $28 billi...
Roseville Avoiding Liability
Katy Grimes: With the report out today about how the fire at the Roseville Galleria Mall in October so amazingly escalated, rational people are asking why anyone is still talking about a mall fire. Roseville city officials should be publicly flogged for how this case has been mishandled and covered...
CARB Green Lights Cap And Trade
Anthony Pignataro: Last night, following an all-day hearing that involved 200 testifying witnesses, the California Air Resources Board voted nine to one to approve sweeping new Cap and Trade rules that have been two years -- and 40 public workshops -- in the making. It's hard to describe the hype, ...
Does Prop 25 Change Anything?
DEC. 17, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO The promise of Proposition 25 was nothing short of a revolution in how California lawmakers negotiate and approve state budgets. “Real people suffer when legislators play games with the budget,” stated the official argument in favor of the measure. “Prop ...