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21% of small businesses on brink 6

March 12, 2010 By ELISE VIEBECK A report released last week showed that 21 percent of California small businesses believe they will fold in the next three years. The annual survey, conducted by advocacy group Small Business California, revealed low

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Who’s running the Delta Stewardship Council?

By KATY GRIMES With the five major component bills of the 2009 water package representing a massive undertaking for the State of California, it appears that the Delta Stewardship Council — which will oversee the whole deal — has become operational

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Voyeurism bill shut down 0

March 9, 2010 By KATY GRIMES Fulfilling a request by the Riverside County District Attorney, Assembly member Kevin Jeffries, R-Lake Elsinore, introduced legislation last month requiring any person convicted of inappropriate sexual filming offenses to register as a sex offender.

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California’s jobs crash worsens 0

March 9, 2010 By JOHN SEILER In some of the articles I’ve written for CalWatchdog, I’ve devised new ways of looking at policies and their consequences, such as my “California Jobs Gap” calculation here and here. It showed that California’s

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Initiative targets cap-and-trade 9

March 5, 2010 By KATY GRIMES California’s version of “cap-and-trade” is under attack – again. But this time, it’s in the form of a ballot initiative, and not proposed legislation that has thus far, been easily killed. Cap-and-trade, measures created

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GOP sharks circle McNerney 0

March 5, 2010 By DAVE ROBERTS If Republicans take back the U.S. House of Representatives in November it will be because they win seats like the one held by Jerry McNerney – a two-term moderate-liberal in the moderately conservative 11th

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AIDS rules raise privacy questions 0

March 4, 2010 By ELISE VIEBECK The state’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office urged lawmakers last week to generate amore  stringent reporting protocol for HIV/AIDs cases,  according to a report issued by that office.  A new reporting system, the LAO said, would

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Legislators Consider Merits of Williamson Act 0

Mar. 3, 2010 By KATY GRIMES For more than 45 years, California farmers, ranchers and land owners have voluntarily participated in the Williamson Act, which restricted the use of their land to agriculture but gave property tax breaks for the

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Community colleges oversell 0.7% enrollment decline 1

Feb. 26, 2010 By ELISE VIEBECK The chancellor for California’s community colleges lamented a 0.7% decline in the system’s enrollment yesterday, reporting that more than 200,000 students will be “unfunded” — that is, enrolled beyond schools’ funded capacities — this

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