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State funds dry cleaners’ shift to CO2

July 30, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. The California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research Program has produced a dry cleaning machine that uses CO2. The carbon-based cleaning process replaces perchoroethylene chemical-based dry cleaning. The machine is being tested by the Aramark uniform cleaning corporation in Los Angeles. Colorado-based firm C02Nexus received a $396,200 CEC grant on Dec. 3, 2009 to dev...

Schools case fuels Kashkari campaign

July 30, 2014 By James Poulos. The historic Vergara school liberty ruling has handed a campaign issue to Neel Kashkari, Republican candidate for California Governor. In the ruling, as described by education reformer and former state Sen. Gloria Romero, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu upheld nine children's "claims of the unconstitutionality of five key education statutes that, collectively, have handcuf...

Pot politics could inhale controller’s race

July 29, 2014 By James Poulos. The California Republican party has a lot riding on Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin. She's the only prominent Republican who carried a strong lead into the recent "jungle" primary elections for statewide office, under which the top two candidates, regardless of party (or no party), advance to a November runoff. Swearengin sat atop the field of candidates for state controller. While...

The myth of California’s underpaid public school employees

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July 28, 2014 By Joseph Perkins.   Eduardo Benard, a custodian at San Francisco’s Leonard R. Flynn Elementary School, received $107,912.31 in pay and benefits in 2013. He was one of 31 custodians employed by California public schools that boasted more than $100,000 in compensation last year, according to just-release figures revealed on Transparent California, a database maintained by the nonpartisan Califo...
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