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New law needed to simplify CA budget

November 21, 2012 By admin. Nov. 21, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi Every year state Senator Joe Simitan, D-Palo Alto, holds a contest for his constituents to submit ideas for new laws.  Simitan boasts that 18 submittals have been enacted as new laws since 2001.  Well, here’s an “oughta be a law” challenge for Sen. Simitan: A new law is needed to make state budgeting more clear. The reason stems from AB 1495,...

First Cap and Trade auction cuts no pollution for $233 million

November 21, 2012 By admin. Nov. 21, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi In the private sector, success is often likened to “selling lemonade at a track meet.” But in the upside-down public sector, the California Air Resources Board auctioned $233 million of pollution permits on Nov. 14 -- and got nothing for it. Such a deal. Pollution will not be reduced in California. Yet that was labeled a “success” by CARB Chai...

State injects millions of new patients into ailing Medi-Cal

November 20, 2012 By admin. Nov. 20, 2012 By Dave Roberts California’s Medi-Cal managed care programs have an abysmal track record. So, naturally, state officials are planning to transfer a million more low-income Californians these lowly-rated care programs. On a scale of 1 to 5, most plans rated 1 or 2 (poor or fair) in the following areas: the quality of the health plan, all health care, personal doctor, sp...

California’s congressional wish list

November 20, 2012 By admin. Nov. 20, 2012 By Joseph Perkins California Reps. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, and Ken Calvert, R-Corona, ought to meet up for coffee while they’re back in the Nation’s Capital for Congress’ post-election lame duck session. The chairs of state’s Democratic and Republican congressional delegations, respectively, should set partisan differences aside -- if only for a brief, shining m...
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