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Parks Dept. corruption not isolated

July 27, 2012 By admin. July 27, 2012 By Katy Grimes The recent scandal inside of the State Parks and Recreation Department is no surprise to anyone, but the levels of corruption, schemes and deceit, is. The agency director, Ruth Coleman, resigned. But as she resigned, she tried to distance herself from the vacation buyout scheme, and the $54 million surplus hidden away in two accounts. As the parks depart...

Parent Trigger is welcome school reform

July 27, 2012 By Joseph Perkins. July 27, 2012 By Joseph Perkins  California public schools received their annual report cards last month. On the state’s 10-point grading scale -- with 10 being the highest and 1 the lowest -- Desert Trails Elementary School earned a 1. The parents of school children enrolled in Desert Trails almost certainly were not pleased. But they got good news this week when a San Bernardino...

Bankruptcy: Report warned of San Bernardino fiscal foolishness

July 27, 2012 By admin. July 27, 2012 By Tori Richards SAN BERNARDINO -- Five years before San Bernardino became California’s third city seeking bankruptcy protection in 2012, a 266-page management analysis report warned of dire repercussions if changes weren’t made that would cut costs and shore up the general fund. But a 2010 follow-up review to those recommendations found that the city had only implem...

Lawmaker proposes corporate welfare for NFL club

July 26, 2012 By admin. July 26, 2012 By Joseph Perkins Elaine Alquist is not a member of the San Francisco 49ers' Gold Rush gals, but the Santa Clara state senator is the NFL club’s biggest cheerleader. With but a month left in the legislative session, Sen. Alquist, D-Santa Clara, has artfully crafted a measure that would gift the York family, which own the Niners, up to $30 million toward construction of...
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