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NEW: San Bernardino bankruptcy shows pensions crowding out services

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
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  In his novel “The Sun Also Rises,” California novelist Ernest Hemingway wrote, “How do you go bankrupt? Two ways: Gradually, then suddenly.” Case in point: the City of San Bernardino, which filed for bankruptcy in 2012. The pace of municipal bankruptcy there has been slow beca...

NEW: Kashkari unveils education overhaul plan

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
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Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor who promised to campaign on "jobs and education, that's it," delivered on half of that platform Tuesday, with the release of a bold plan for overhauling the state's failing schools. In a detailed 33-page proposal, Kashkari calls for rerouting e...

Gov. Brown’s legal strategy to prop up bullet train faltering

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Last week's decision from a state appeals court to issue a summary judgment denying the Brown administration's unusual request to block a second trial in which Kings County and other plaintiffs challenge California's high-speed rail project bodes terribly for the governor's overall legal strategy. T...

CA Republicans ‘stand with sriracha’

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
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The debate over a hot sauce factory is spicing up California politics. After a small number of complaints over the factory's alleged smell, the city of Irwindale recently voted to declare Huy Fong Foods, makers of the popular sriracha condiment, a public nuisance. For state Republicans, tha...

Sen. Steinberg dumps carbon tax idea

Monday, April 21st, 2014
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State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, has given up on his plan to replace California's cap-and-trade law with a carbon tax on vehicles. At first, Steinberg wanted to simplify the way California regulated emissions. To do so, he suggested that revenue from a gas tax co...

Momentum grows for police body cameras

Monday, April 21st, 2014
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For critics of police misconduct looking for an easy fix, one solution towers above the rest: affix video cameras to cops. The idea is picking up steam in California, where top officials are showing increased interest. Yet this also is a time when concerns about data harvesting and government sur...

Video: How to negotiate with teachers unions

Sunday, April 20th, 2014
Video: How to negotiate with teachers unions

CalWatchdog.com's Brian Calle talks to Colorado superintendent Liz Fagen about how she successfully negotiated with one of the most powerful public sector unions. http://youtu.be/xiBLR2V8eRo

Video: More students, less funding, happy teachers

Sunday, April 20th, 2014
Video: More students, less funding, happy teachers

Colorado superintendent Liz Fagen explains to CalWatchdog.com's Brian Calle how the Douglas County School District created openness and trust that led to successful negotiations with local teachers. http://youtu.be/DUQNMZsvPxQ

Video: Is Common Core a common floor?

Sunday, April 20th, 2014
Video: Is Common Core a common floor?

CalWatchdog.com's Brian Calle talks to Colorado superintendent Liz Fagen about how standards are crucial for long-term success in education. http://youtu.be/8lvqrM2GHWM

Rizzo heads to slammer

Saturday, April 19th, 2014
Robert Rizzo

Robert Rizzo is going to jail. Facing over 100 counts of corruption and associated wrongdoing, he will spend 12 years in state prison. The ex-city manager will also serve 33 months of a federal sentence for income tax evasion. The case against Rizzo was astonishing in scope. As the mastermind ...