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Rail court decision could run over future bonds
Is there a cow catcher on the front of the California high-speed rail project? One that pushes away future bond measures on everything from water to parks? That's the unasked question as voters head to the polls next Tuesday to decide the fate of Proposition 1, the $7.1 billion state water bond...
Secretary of State 2014: Tight race, cautious candidates
It's one of the few competitive statewide races in California. And befitting a close contest, Democrat Alex Padilla and Republican Pete Peterson share remarkably close visions for the job of secretary of state. CalWatchdog.com asked the two candidates a half dozen questions about the job. The ...
CHiPS pass around stolen nude photos of suspects
California has come a long way from the innocent days of the "CHiPS" TV series of more than 30 years ago, starring Larry Wilcox and the heartthrob of teenage girls of that time, Eric Estrada, as state motorcycle cops. Here's latest, from the Contra-Costa Times: MARTINEZ -- The California Highway...
CA is NOT the highest taxed state
You've probably heard California has the nation's highest taxes. Wrong. We're only third-worst, behind even worse New York and New Jersey, according to a new survey by the Tax Foundation's new 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index. Broken down, California ranks 50th -- worst -- on the inco...
SEC commissioner warns of financial crisis
  Much of the country, and especially California, has yet to fully recover from the Great Recession, which officially ended in June 2009. But recent federal government actions may be leading us into another financial crisis. That was the warning from Securities and Exchange Commissioner D...
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