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Chamber launches ‘California Comeback’ 49

Aug. 31, 2012 By Joseph Perkins Here’s an ad: “California is struggling … badly.  Two million people out of work… Huge deficits… High taxes… Over-regulation…”  “Instead of creating jobs, politicians increased spending $30 billion since 2008. And bureaucrats put $37 billion

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Officials’ foolishness slams cities 18

July 23, 2012 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO — First, Vallejo, in 2008. Next, Stockton, then Mammoth Lakes and, now, San Bernardino and soon, perhaps, Compton. As Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach told Bloomberg News, the bankruptcy dominoes are starting to

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Tequila shots for an ‘honest budget’ 0

June 18, 2012 By Katy Grimes As Legislative leaders worked so diligently to pass the sham budget last week, their motive was obvious—they wanted to be paid. Even when they miserably fail at the only aspect of the job they

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CA shakedown headed for a breakdown

June 4, 2012 By Katy Grimes California legislators looked as if they were working hard last week, with hundreds of bills to debate and vote on. But it wasn’t difficult to see that much of it was for show. They

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Fuel stations for nonexistent cars 0

May 31, 2012 By Joseph Perkins If you build it, they will come. That was the cockeyed reasoning behind a state grant program to encourage construction of hydrogen fueling stations long before hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are actually motoring along

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The Prop. 25 bait and switch 1

April 27, 2012 By Joseph Perkins For years, Sacramento’s tax-and-spend Democrats tried to figure out a way to persuade California voters to amend the state Constitution to require a simple — rather than two-thirds — majority of the Legislature to

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From Golden State to Gambling State 2

March 2, 2012 The tiny Manzanita Band of Mission Indians proposes to build a ginormous “casino facility” on a 61-acre parcel of land. The tribe’s tricked-out casino will boast 2,000 slot machines and 45 gaming tables. It also will have

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State Edu-Welfare Expansion Plans 3

FEB. 21, 2012 More than 50 percent of California college students do not pay for school at the state’s public colleges and universities. Unfortunately, the dropout rate is also about 50 percent. This is because, along with all of the free

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CA Credit Rating Nothing to Celebrate 0

JAN. 17, 2012 They were slapping high fives in the offices of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer this week. Why the celebration?  Because California no longer has the nation’s worst credit rating, according to Moody’s Investors Service. “The reason we’ve improved

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Redevelopment barons plot comeback 0

JAN. 9, 2012 I’m still giddy after the California Supreme Court ruled last month that the state had every right to shut down those noxious enemies of property rights and fiscal responsibility — redevelopment agencies. Better yet, the state’s high

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