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NEW: The myth of California’s underpaid public school employees

Monday, July 28th, 2014
Prop. 30

  Eduardo Benard, a custodian at San Francisco’s Leonard R. Flynn Elementary School, received $107,912.31 in pay and benefits in 2013. He was one of 31 custodians employed by California public schools that boasted more than $100,000 in compensation last year, according to just-release f...

NEW: Complaint alleges people with disabilities barred from voting

Monday, July 28th, 2014
voter form

A complaint filed earlier this month with the U.S. Department of Justice alleges that thousands of Americans with disabilities have been illegally deprived of their right to vote. The perpetrator of this injustice: judges. The complaint, which was filed by the Disability and Abuse Project, alleg...

NEW: Video: Peter Schiff on the gold standard

Monday, July 28th, 2014
NEW: Video: Peter Schiff on the gold standard

Businessman and investment broker Peter Schiff sits down with CalWatchdog's James Poulos to discuss whether or not the gold standard can save the economy ... and what's China doing with all that gold? http://youtu.be/ZininIyXcVc

Groundwater war breaks out

Sunday, July 27th, 2014
wyatt earp

  Future historians might mark July 20 as the date when a full scale war broke out over California's groundwater. On July 20 in the Los Angeles Times, George Skelton, the dean of California journalists, said it was unfair to tell him he can’t hose off his driveway or water his lawn while ...

Buzz builds for Brown ’16

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Is the fourth time the charm for Gov. Jerry Brown's presidential aspirations? The question may well have more to do with politics at the national level than the state level. Believe it or not, a fresh round of chatter and interest is springing up around the idea of yet another presidential run for...

Lawsuit could expand state control of groundwater

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Adjudicated water basins, DWR

  Sacramento Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner just issued a preliminary ruling that Siskiyou County must regulate groundwater well permits along the Scott River in accordance with "Public Trust Doctrine." This means the water now mainly used by hay farmers also will have to be divided among...

‘Six Californias’ will go before voters

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Its debut on a California ballot might still be two years away. But this month, supporters successfully verified the quixotic, Silicon Valley-powered Six Californias initiative obtained the necessary signatures to receive an up or down vote. As the Los Angeles Times reported, the Six California...

Minimum wage activists set sights on L.A.

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The concerted push for higher minimum wages in California has spread from the East Bay to Los Angeles. On the heels of a recently approved $15 minimum wage in Seattle, advocates for dramatically increased hourly wages sensed an opportunity to select a fresh target. That's where L.A. comes in. Or...

A look at CA’s mixed-bag teacher firing reform

Sunday, July 20th, 2014
miramonte

In some respects, it's now easier to fire teachers in California. In others, it's more complicated. That's the verdict on AB 215, the version of several different firing reform bills that cleared the Legislature and received Gov. Jerry Brown's signature late last month. In the wake of the Mir...

CA, feds struggle with — and spar over — pot regulation

Friday, July 18th, 2014
marijuana-gavel

As California muddles ahead with its disorganized decriminalization of marijuana, local and federal lawmakers are adopting distinctly different approaches to the prospect of pot-related crime. City councils are apt to worry about different kinds of drug crime than Congress. But the new attention...