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CA GOP convention reached ‘whole new level’ of inclusiveness

GOP convention
March 19, 2014 By John Hrabe. At last weekend's spring convention in Burlingame, California Republicans promised an effort to "Rebuild, Renew, Reclaim." "We're pushing the party outside of its comfort zone," California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte said in advance of the convention. "And we're already seeing the benefits." So did the party's convention mantra prove to be more than just a slogan? GOP g...

CA advances transparency — but needs some work

CA Forward
March 17, 2014 By John Seiler. This is Sunshine Week, a time to promote transparency in government. An AP analysis found that the Obama administration, which came into office promising to be the most transparent ever, has become more secretive. Fortunately, things are better out here with our California governments, state and local. Today California Forward, a reform group, released its new report, "Rebooting Finan...

What groundwater regulation will bring

Ventural county groundwater
March 17, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Part 1 is here, and described California’s new green groundwater regulatory scheme.  For the first time, California is not only going to manage groundwater basins, but conduct surveillance and policing of groundwater withdrawals.  California’s Central Valley groundwater is mainly found in four large subregional basins: the Sacramento Bas...

Cal Lutheran: State growth anemic next 2 years

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March 15, 2014 By John Seiler. California's economic recovery remains anemic and a two-year projection put forth in the March forecast of the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting at Cal Lutheran predicts more of the same. Here's the chart:   Notice that growth the next two years will average only about 3 percent, when at least 4 percent is needed to begin making up for the huge losses during the...
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