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NEW: San Bernardino bankruptcy shows pensions crowding out services

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April 23, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   In his novel “The Sun Also Rises,” California novelist Ernest Hemingway wrote, “How do you go bankrupt? Two ways: Gradually, then suddenly.” Case in point: the City of San Bernardino, which filed for bankruptcy in 2012. The pace of municipal bankruptcy there has been slow because in 2013 the city resumed making its pension fund payments to the California Public Em...

NEW: Kashkari unveils education overhaul plan

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April 23, 2014 By John Hrabe. Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor who promised to campaign on "jobs and education, that's it," delivered on half of that platform Tuesday, with the release of a bold plan for overhauling the state's failing schools. In a detailed 33-page proposal, Kashkari calls for rerouting education funding directly to schools, eliminating the vast majority of the state's educati...

Gov. Brown’s legal strategy to prop up bullet train faltering

April 22, 2014 By Chris Reed. Last week's decision from a state appeals court to issue a summary judgment denying the Brown administration's unusual request to block a second trial in which Kings County and other plaintiffs challenge California's high-speed rail project bodes terribly for the governor's overall legal strategy. That strategy builds on the novel theory that the need to get started on a big public-works...

CA Republicans ‘stand with sriracha’

April 22, 2014 By James Poulos. The debate over a hot sauce factory is spicing up California politics. After a small number of complaints over the factory's alleged smell, the city of Irwindale recently voted to declare Huy Fong Foods, makers of the popular sriracha condiment, a public nuisance. For state Republicans, that's an election-year gift. GOP candidates and organizations are going public in support o...
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