Waste, Fraud and Abuse

Bankruptcy could cut San Bernardino fire pensions

Monday, September 15th, 2014
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  It was a hot 102 degrees last Thursday in San Bernardino -- perfect weather for a city bankruptcy "cramdown." Federal Bankruptcy Court Judge Meredith Jury ruled the city, as Reuters reported, "may impose cuts to its firefighters' overtime and pension benefits in a bid to reach a bankr...

Bill rectifies 9/11 scholarship program

Monday, September 8th, 2014
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It took California legislators until this year's session to restore a scholarship program created in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attack in 2001. The embarrassing delay came in the wake of years of funding abuses, according to a report finally filed by the State Auditor. The auditor confirmed...

CA high court asked to review bullet-train ruling

Thursday, September 4th, 2014
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Arguing that an appellate court ruling endangers the public’s faith in future bond initiatives,  the attorneys for the Tos/Fukuda/Kings County group challenging the state's bullet-train plans on Tuesday asked the California Supreme Court to review the recent decision reversing trial-court rulings...

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
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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...