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Brown cuts down size, scope of water bond

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June 26, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Would half a water bond sell better to voters than the full $11 billion bond scheduled to be on the ballot in November? That's what's now before the California Legislature in a new proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown. In 2009 the  Legislature passed Assembly Bill 29, the Safe, Clean Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act, authorizing an $11 billion general obligation bond that exc...

Feds bring immigration confusion to CA

Immigration kids, Englehart, Cagle, June 23, 2014
June 26, 2014 By James Poulos. Will they or won't they? After forming quick -- some say stealthy -- plans to hand California some 300 undocumented immigrants detained in Texas, the federal government has reversed that decision, only to leave open the prospect of changing it back yet again. The uncertainty underscores a surprising level of unpreparedness for the kind of illegal immigration now dominating headl...

Fresno taxpayers submit signatures for water rate referendum

Fresno County courthouse, wikimedia
June 25, 2014 By John Hrabe. A group of Fresno taxpayers, who've been thwarted at every turn by city leaders, is expected today to submit thousands of signatures to qualify a water rate referendum for the November ballot. This morning, shortly after 10:30 a.m., the group Citizens of Lower Water Bills — Yes on Measure W will turn in thousands of signed petitions — nearly four weeks before the deadline —...

Controller’s race headed to recount ‘crap shoot’

Jimmy Camp
June 25, 2014 By John Hrabe. The day after an election, if a race remains too close to call, every Republican's first call is to Jimmy Camp, the best GOP ground organizer in the state. He's pictured at right. While the rest of us nurse our election night hangovers, the partner with GoCo Consulting is usually on his way to a registrar of voters office to monitor ballot counting for a race that remains undec...
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