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Brown steers clear of Dems as election nears

Jerry Brown, Prop. 1 ad
October 10, 2014 By James Poulos. State Democrats haven't had much luck in securing the biggest show of support in California -- Gov. Jerry Brown. As he gears up for the final stretch of his bid for an unprecedented fourth term in office, Brown has chosen to focus closely on his own fortunes and his own political brand. Rather than stumping around the Golden State, as Democrats have hoped, Brown has largely bowed o...

Obama order upgrades Angeles National Forest

Angeles National Forest
October 9, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   On Friday, President Obama carries his “executive orders” controversy to Southern California. In town since Thursday, he will redesignate half of the Angeles National Forest a national monument at the behest of Rep. Judy Chu, D-Monterey Park. According to the Los Angeles Times, "The designation will give the U.S. Forest Service greater ability to manage the crowds and pro...

Kashkari draws a media crowd

Neel Kashkari Down and Out
October 9, 2014 By James Poulos. Neel Kashkari, Gov. Jerry Brown's Republican challenger, has been playing a long game. That hasn't been immediately evident from the frenetic activity surrounding his final month of campaigning. Using a string of concept-driven political stunts, ranging from free prizes to a masquerade as a homeless man, Kashkari has established a reputation for putting elbow grease into his run for...

Judge: CalPERS not protected in Stockton bankruptcy

U.S. bankruptcy court
October 8, 2014 By James Poulos. After a brief reprieve from a bad summer, the California Public Employees Retirement System has been handed another massive setback. In a provisional but uncompromising ruling, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein held bankrutpcy law does not permit CalPERS to protect its workers' pensions even when municipal coffers run dry. An end to business as usual Typically in federal ban...
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