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Public pension struggles roil CA
The public pensions crisis has not subsided in California -- nor has the conflict that surrounds it. A waves of political, legal and policy developments have kept the issue at the center of the state's attention. In addition to a key election and a closely-watched lawsuit, a new initiative out of...
Bag ban repeal could reach 2016 ballot
Looks like a repeal of Gov. Jerry Brown's ban on plastic bags in grocery stores could reach the 2016 ballot. Reported the Chronicle: SACRAMENTO — Plastic bag manufacturers have poured $2.7 million into efforts to overturn California’s statewide ban on plastic bags in the seven weeks since Gov. ...
High-speed rail takes two more swipes at CEQA
This is the second in a series of articles updating the status of the California high-speed rail project in the wake of the California Supreme Court green-lighting bond funding. The first article covered two earlier attempts by the California High-Speed Rail Authority to get around the California En...
Will MWD try — again — to sabotage client seeking new water supplies?
I've been a journalist in Socal since 1990, and I've never seen a story about government behavior as strange as the ones about the giant Metropolitan Water District of Southern California trying to sabotage its biggest client's efforts to broaden its water supply and reduce its reliance on the MWD -...
Cartoon: Voter apathy
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