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An open letter to presidential winner on California water policy

October 19, 2012 By admin. Oct. 19, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi Re: Some California Water Policies to Avoid for the Next President Dear President (Obama or Romney): Congratulations on gaining the trust of a majority of the American people in your election victory.   The people of California will also place trust in you as the top decision maker on the organization chart for the federal portion of California’s w...

Lockyer blusters about symptom of union power — but not union power

October 18, 2012 By admin. Oct. 18, 2012 By Chris Reed The recent spate of attention paid to California school districts' use of capital appreciation bonds -- insane borrowing in which districts don't begin to pay back the principal for decades -- has been appropriately critical. Now this has prompted state Treasurer Bill Lockyer to weigh in. The veteran Democrat lived up to his reputation for bluntness and can...

Prop. 33 promotes auto insurance discount

October 18, 2012 By admin. Oct. 18, 2012 By Dave Roberts Proposition 33 is either a common sense way to increase competition in the auto insurance market, thus lowering rates for many drivers, or a ploy to raise rates on those who can least afford to pay. Those were the main arguments in the Prop. 33 debate at last month’s hearing of the joint Assembly/Senate Insurance Committee. There’s potentially a lot o...

Studies flunk class-size reduction

October 17, 2012 By admin. (Cross-posted from Union Watch.) Oct. 17, 2012 By Larry Sand It’s time to “just say no” to the small class-size pushers and eliminate seniority as a staffing mechanism. Small class size means less work for teachers. Parents seem to think that their child will be better educated in a room with fewer classmates. Unions love fewer kids in a class because it equates to a larger w...
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