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AG passes on whistle-blower suit 0

APRIL 6, 2010 By KATY GRIMES Despite his reputation as a consumer activist, California Attorney General Jerry Brown has decided against joining a controversial lawsuit against the nation’s largest PVC manufacturing company. The case involves four states, and 43 California

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Rail plan's unanswered questions 0

APRIL 5, 2010 By LARRY GILBERT Assessing the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) bullet train is reminiscent of the U.S. Senate vote on the national health care legislation where senators were voting before having all the facts. Last November,

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State tax receipts down sharply 9

March 31, 2010 By JOHN SEILER A new study by the U.S. Census Bureau found that the tax receipts of the California state government dropped 13.9 percent. That was fifth highest of the states, with the higher states being: Alaska

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Is Public Transit Bankrupt? 5

March 31, 2010 By KATY GRIMES With the announcement this week by Sacramento Regional Transit that it is reducing bus and train service by 22 percent, it’s never too late to address the problems faced by the chronic deficit-plagued transit systems in

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Public financing on ballot 7

March 29, 2010 By JOHN SEILER With California’s politics messed up seemingly beyond repair, it’s not surprising two reform initiatives are on the June 8 ballot. I earlier wrote about Proposition 14, the “Top Two Primaries Act.” The other initiative

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Vallejo avoids tough pension fights 2

March 29, 2010 By STEVEN GREENHUT (Originally printed in the Wall Street Journal) In 2008, Vallejo, Calif., was nearly broke. Faced with falling tax revenues, rising pension costs, and unmovable public-employee unions, the city was unable to pay its bills

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State touts 'green' progress 1

March 29, 2010 By KATY GRIMES In 2005 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered all state buildings to be 20 percent more energy efficient by 2015 and “encouraged” the private sector to do the same.  And now, the Department of General Services (DGS)

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Eastin defends nutrition boondoggle 1

March 26, 2010 By K. LLOYD BILLINGSLEY The current issue of The Atlantic features a letter from Delaine Eastin, former California Superintendent of Public Instruction. Her letter does not include any episodes from her tenure in that post, every bit

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Hearing details massive state waste 2

March 25, 2010 By KATY GRIMES Sometimes the most informative legislative hearings are the informational hearings. No vote is taken, there is an abundance of tough talk by legislators, mea maxima culps uttered by egregious state agency heads, and everyone

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Reform group wants higher taxes 11

March 24, 2010 By KATY GRIMES At a hearing Tuesday in the Improving the State Committee, the new “bipartisan” group, California Forward, made another heartfelt appeal to legislators for support of what is supposed to be something everyone can believe

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