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‘New’ Delta plan rehashes old plans from 1950s and 70s

January 24th, 2013 By CalWatchdog Staff. Jan. 24, 2013 by Wayne Lusvardi Just as Hollywood often remakes old movies, water engineers apparently rehash old forgotten plans to refashion the Sacramento Delta.  And then the proponents call these plans “new” and “cheaper” alternatives. Water engineer Robert Pyke has gotten a lot of media attention recently for his  “Delta Tunnel Alternative Plan.”  Pyke’s plan is...

Municipal Bankruptcy Can Restore Financial Stability

January 17th, 2013 By CalWatchdog Staff. Jan. 17, 2013 By Todd C. Ringstad The threat of bankruptcy still haunts California. State and municipal finances have been improving, yet last year three cities filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy: Stockton, San Bernardino and Mammoth Lakes. Around the country, Jefferson County, Ala. went belly up. Detroit, Mich. is close, and even might be dissolved by the state of Michigan. Despite the ...

Prevailing wage scams steal from taxpayers

January 11th, 2013 By CalWatchdog Staff. Jan. 11, 2013 By Katy Grimes In what strange world do janitors get paid $45 per hour? In California, the land of the prevailing wage. The dirty secret is that janitors often are not really getting paid $45 per hour, but the taxpayers are being charged this amount on public works projects. Designed to help the worker, the prevailing wage was created to set a minimum hourly rate paid o...

Prison realignment sparks crime spree

January 3rd, 2013 By CalWatchdog Staff. Jan. 3, 2013 By Troy Anderson In the early morning hours of Dec. 2, 2012, four people were found brutally shot and killed just outside an unlicensed boarding home in Northridge. Not long afterward, four suspects allegedly involved in the crime were arrested at the Silverton Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement. The primary suspect was ...
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