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Associated Press blows coverage of bullet-train ruling
Led by the Associated Press, the mainstream media coverage of the state appellate court ruling overturning two anti-bullet train trial court rulings is somewhat peculiar in that it depicts the ruling as monumental. Read the 49-page decision, and it seems procedural. I wrote about this for the U-T...
Cartoon: California Dryin’
Median household income crashed 1/3
Wonder why you feel so poor? Because you are. According to a new study by the Russell Sage Foundation, in the last decade median household income crashed by 1/3, from $87,992 in 2003 to $56,335 in 2013. The crash started during the Republican Bush administration, but has not been made better by...
Appellate court green-lights high-speed rail project
  On Thursday, Sacramento’s 3rd Appellate District Court ruled California’s high-speed rail project can move ahead. It overturned a decision last fall by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny. Kenny had ruled that the current funding plan, as approved by the California Legisla...
Bill would mandate employee poverty data
A bill making its way through the state Legislature seeks to publicly “shame” California businesses that employ a large number of workers who also receive public assistance benefits. That’s the warning from the California Chamber of Commerce in a press release headlined “CalChamber, Sta...
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