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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...

CA tax increases fund unaccountable spending machine

November 20, 2012 By admin. Nov. 20, 2012 By Mark Landsbaum On Nov. 6, Californians voted to raise taxes, but weren’t told the whole story. They repeatedly were told their state government was frugal to the point of pain, yet still in dire need of more tax money. They were not told nearly as often that California state government spending has swollen like an infected boil, even as those doing the spending plea...
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