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Municipal Bankruptcy Stalks Stockton

February 27, 2012 By admin. FEB. 27, 2012 By WAYNE LUSVARDI Stockton, California’s 13th largest city, may be moving from “Fat City” to “Mudville.” Both were former historical names for Stockton.  “BK” is shorthand for bankruptcy. On Feb. 23, Stockton City Manager Robert Deis asked the city council to suspend municipal bond payments, possibly on as much as $341 million of bonds.  If the City Counc...

Court to Decide Military Medal Fraud Case

February 26, 2012 By admin. FEB. 26, 2012 By CHRISS STREET Xavier Alvarez, after being elected in 2007 to the Three Valleys Municipal Water District in Pomona, California introduced himself at his first Board meeting as a wounded war veteran who had received the Congressional Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest honor.  But when it was discovered that Alvarez was never wounded in action, never awarded the Meda...

How About a Longer School Year?

February 24, 2012 By admin. Commentary FEB. 24, 2012 By JOHN SEILER One reason California schools perform so poorly is that the state's educrats, instead of improving instruction, commonly look for gimmicks to cover up their own failures. In my 25 years of writing about Golden State schools, one recurring "reform" is to lengthen the school year. Supposedly the Korean or the Chinese or the Liechtensteinian kids...

Portantino Making Waves, Not Friends

February 24, 2012 By admin. FEB. 24, 2012 By KATY GRIMES Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Portantino isn’t making many friends these days in the Legislature. After a well-publicized battle with Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, over the Assembly's secretive accounting practices, Portantino has introduced a measure to freeze the pay of California’s highest paid state employees -- for the eighth time. ...
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