Waste, Fraud and Abuse

NEW: Brown hits CalPERS on pension spiking

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

A bad month for CalPERS has gotten worse. On the heels of unfavorable news surrounding its investment strategy and leadership, the California Public Employee Retirement System provoked the wrath of Gov. Jerry Brown, who heaped scorn on its latest "pension spiking" plan. "Today CalPERS got it w...

Dems stop bills to ease gas price hike

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

  Perhaps the last chance to head off a California gasoline price hike that could exceed 50 cents per gallon by 2020 just was defeated on the state Senate floor. Sen. Andy Vidak, R-Hanford, offered amendments to a bill, AB2492, that had nothing to do with the bill’s focus on drug senten...

Bill would allow liens for unpaid wage claims

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
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  California labor law soon could become even more problematic for business. Assembly Bill 2416 is by Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Monterey Bay. It would allow employees with unpaid-wage claims to file liens on the property of business owners. Stone said it would thwart "wage theft" by e...

LAPD’s big data covered up big mistakes

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
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At the leading edge of the "big data" trend, the Los Angeles Police Department has found itself in hot water. From underreported murders to misclassified assaults, a fresh spate of scandals has started to brew, just as Police Chief Charlie Beck was reappointed to a second term Tuesday. Los Ange...

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

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

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...