Waste, Fraud and Abuse

Feds bring immigration confusion to CA

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

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 s...

Sweeping new legal challenge to bullet train

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
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A massive California Environmental Quality Act lawsuit was filed June 4 in Sacramento Superior Court over the newly certified environmental impact report (EIR) for the bullet-train project segment linking Fresno to Bakersfield. This EIR is supposed to have far more details about the impacts of th...

19 CA members of Congress take pensions

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
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Former San Diego city councilman and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio, who brought comprehensive pension reform to San Diego, is taking his fight to Capitol Hill. A new report published by the GOP congressional candidate identified 102 members of Congress that receive public pensions on top of their...

Rizzo heads to slammer

Saturday, April 19th, 2014
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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 ...

CA imposes taxes near highest in the U.S.

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

If Tax Day 2014 had you feeling down, consider how much less you would have paid in another state. According to a report on state and local tax rates published by WalletHub, California has the second-highest local and state tax burden in the country. The average resident of the Golden State, acco...

State Senate postpones hearings for ethics training

Friday, April 11th, 2014
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In response to ongoing corruption cases, the California State Senate will postpone all committee hearings scheduled for April 23 and in their place host an all-day ethics discussion and training session. In a Wednesday afternoon email (reprinted at the end of this article), Kathy Dresslar, Senate...

CA Senate scrubs websites of 3 Democrats in scandals

Monday, April 7th, 2014

The California State Senate has scrubbed its website and deleted the online archives of three Democratic state Senators that face criminal charges ranging from weapons trafficking to public corruption. As of April 5 at 7:00 PM, the websites of Democratic Sens. Leland Yee of San Francisco, Ron C...

Not a single Leland Yee gun-control bill was signed into law

Friday, April 4th, 2014
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Was alleged gun-runner and gun-control advocate Leland Yee all talk? Before you answer, here's a surprising fact: The San Francisco Democrat, who has been called one of California's leading gun-control advocates, has never successfully authored a gun-control bill. Not a single gun bill authored ...

Pro Tem Cup: CA Senate Dems cancel event, keep cash

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
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In light of recent criminal cases involving three of their members, Senate Democrats have canceled a large annual fundraising event scheduled for this weekend. But the event organizers won't be returning the campaign cash to the special interest groups that spent as much as $65,000 to mingle with ...

Only Sen. Anderson demands Senate expel 3 disgraced members

Monday, March 31st, 2014
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A lone Republican lawmaker is calling on the California State Senate to expel three of its Democratic members that are facing criminal charges. State Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, the lone dissenter in Friday's vote to suspend with pay three members of the state Senate, said that his three col...