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Betty Yee flips, now backs high-speed rail
Board of Equalization member Betty Yee has changed her mind about the state's controversial high-speed rail plan. During the June primary campaign, the Democratic candidate for state controller opposed Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to build a faster rail connection between San Francisco and Los Angel...
CA GOP Fall Convention pushes liberty
This past weekend, California Republicans gathered in Los Angeles for their annual Fall Convention under the banner, “Reclaim California.” Throughout the event, party delegates, candidates and elected officials sought to cast a picture of unity and diversity just over six weeks away from the Nov...
Language of teacher discipline bill shows Torlakson’s deceit
http://youtu.be/-zaJpwzPOaY At a little bit after the 51-minute mark of a forum in Los Angeles last week with state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and challenger Marshall Tuck, the candidates are asked a question from the audience about the Vergara ruling, which is described a...
Fact-checking drought-water pricing
  This is Part 2 of a series. Part 1 was on how drought-water pricing violates Proposition 218's ban on tax increases without a vote of the people. What is good water pricing during a drought? Let's look at some situations. 1. Voluntary conservation A good place to start is the continu...
Alibaba challenges Silicon Valley
Until now, Silicon Valley's high-tech companies ruled the roost, leaving IBM behind years ago, with only Washington-based Microsoft among the top firms outside the Valley. Now they're being challenged by Chinese-based Alibaba, which just issued a record IPO. Although values have fluctuated, on...
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