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Lobbyist organizes second legislative junket to Cuba

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

An influential Sacramento lobbyist -- who paid out a $500,000 settlement for allegedly engaging in "pay-to-play" behavior -- has organized a second junket to Cuba for California lawmakers. This week, Darius Anderson, the founder and president of Sacramento-based lobbying firm Platinum Advisors, wi...

Do union activists work for Gov. Brown, farm board?

Monday, October 14th, 2013
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SACRAMENTO -- The revolving door among political consultants, community organizers and state government revolves right into the governor’s office and the Agriculture Labor Relations Board. In 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Martha Guzman-Aceves deputy legislative secretary for agriculture, ...

Report: CalVet 'must do better' to help veterans

Thursday, September 5th, 2013
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Many California military veterans are hurting. blackberry spy software In its recently released report, “An Agenda for Veterans: The State’s Turn to Serve,” the bi-partisan Little Hoover Commission critiques the California Department of Veterans Affairs for its “inconsistent leadership” ...

CA Assembly pays women less; fewer in top staff positions

Friday, August 23rd, 2013
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The state Capitol remains a good old boys' club. Women who work for the California State Assembly face a glass ceiling, substantial pay inequities and limits to their career advancement. Female employees are paid less than their male counterparts, are less likely to serve in leadership roles and ...

CA Democrat Party Convention: Exclusive access to Friday’s VIP reception

Monday, April 15th, 2013
CA Democrat Party Convention: Exclusive access to Friday’s VIP reception

April 15, 2013 By John Hrabe California Democrats kicked off their annual state party convention on Friday night with dinners, parties and hospitality suites to celebrate last November’s historic victories. Riding President Obama’s coattails, California Democrats added six freshmen to the stat...

FPPC shuns investigation of CA legislators’ Cuba trip

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

April 9, 2013 By John Hrabe and Katy Grimes After Friday’s report on CalWatchdog.com that at least two state legislators traveled to Cuba with a powerful Sacramento lobbyist, you’d think the state’s political watchdog might be launching a formal investigation. After all, the trip was hoste...

Municipal Bankruptcy Can Restore Financial Stability

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Jan. 17, 2013 By Todd C. Ringstad The threat of bankruptcy still haunts California. State and municipal finances have been improving, yet last year three cities filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy: Stockton, San Bernardino and Mammoth Lakes. Around the country, Jefferson County, Ala. went belly up. De...

Prop. 36 takes a swing at three strikes

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Oct. 29, 2012 By Dave Roberts If Proposition 36 passes, about 2,800 inmates who have committed multiple felonies and are serving sentences of 25 years to life could be released from prison or re-sentenced to lesser terms. Those criminals were sentenced under California’s “three strikes and you...

Noted Lawyer Slammed in Judicial Gulag

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

JULY 5, 2011 By RICHARD TRAINOR When I met Richard Fine in the summer of 2001, he was riding high. Shortly after that he was rotting in jail. A prominent attorney with a thriving practice in Beverly Hills, in the sunny days of 2001 Fine was a political insider with powerful connections to U.S. Se...

Victims Program Needs Major Overhaul

Monday, June 27th, 2011

JUNE 27, 2011 By RICHARD TRAINOR The California State Victims of Crime Program (VCP) is a neat little boutique agency designed to assist crime victims. It’s officially known as the Victims Compensation and Government Claims Board, or colloquially as the CalVCP. Formed in 1965, CalVCP is the old...

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