Inside Government

BART strike would provide needed clarity on compensation, union power

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
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If I was an advisor to Gov. Jerry Brown, I'd recommend he let the BART strike play out without government intervention. California would be much more governable if voters understood that collective bargaining is holding taxpayers hostage, and more exposure to BART power plays by organized labor can ...

Will bipartisan coalition restrict public safety unions?

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
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During the effort to curb collective bargaining rights for public employees in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker suggested the exemption for public safety employees was necessary to avoid the possibility of a strike by “first responders.” The real reason may have been a political calculation; restric...

Assessing Gov. Brown before next year’s election

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

As he lays the groundwork for a likely re-election bid next year, Gov. Jerry Brown is upbeat. "California is back," he and his supporters insist. Maybe it is in some areas. But overall, tremendous problems remain unresolved. According to a recent USA Today news story, 10 cities in California a...

Arnold’s state building-sale scheme returns

Thursday, July 25th, 2013
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A complex 2010 Schwarzenegger administration plan to sell 11 state-owned properties and then lease them back from the new owners was compared at the time to a short-term money raising gimmick. The state of California had the 11 properties up for sale for nearly $2 billion. The sales proceeds wer...

Enviro, politics could block unique Sacramento museum

Monday, July 15th, 2013

July 15, 2013 By Katy Grimes A wealthy Sacramento couple has offered to make one of the largest private donations in Sacramento history to create a natural history museum for the city. Naturally, an animal rights activist and city officials are freaking out. Paul and Renee Snider want to donate...

Ammiano bill would regulate nannies, babysitters

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

June 27, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO -- The "Domestic Workers Bill of Rights," AB 241, may have a certain civil rights ring to it, but it really should be called the Unionize Babysitters and Nannies Bill. By Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, in the bill's language it, "[W]ould spec...

Unions kill teacher evaluation bill

Friday, May 3rd, 2013
Unions kill teacher evaluation bill

May 3, 2013 By Katy Grimes For most parents in California, education is a nonpartisan issue. But too many of the state’s elected politicians, who claim to represent all constituents, accept teachers union campaign contributions -- and lots of them. This makes education very political. Becaus...

Water plan threatens taxpayers, environment

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

April 14, 2013 By Steven Greenhut In Dostoevsky’s “The Brothers Karamazov,” a priest recalls the words of a man who confessed: “The more I love mankind in general, the less I love people in particular.” We can all think of people like that --- folks of varied political persuasions who ra...

Attack of the artificial crises

Monday, March 25th, 2013

March 25, 2013 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO --- Not many of my friends or neighbors are sitting on pins and needles, worrying that the world as we know it will end as the federal government "slashes" spending as part of the automatic sequester cuts mandated by a previous budget bill. And not ma...

CA leaders still attacking businesses, jobs

Monday, March 11th, 2013

March 11, 2013 By Katy Grimes While I am an eternal optimist, it is impossible to ignore that California is bleeding jobs. I am also a realist. Unfortunately for the Golden State, California's leaders and lawmakers continue to ignore the facts, and instead continue to push through the same fail...