Investigation-Rights and Liberties

Court Decision Could Spur Prison Reform

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

MAY 23, 2011 By JOHN SEILER Today's U.S. Supreme Court decision mandating California state prison reductions must lead to long-needed reforms. The decision upheld a lower court ruling that from 38,000 to 46,000 must be released due to overcrowding that violated the Eight Amendment's ban on "cruel ...

Govt. Fights Citizens' Right to Know

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

APRIL 12, 2011 By TORI RICHARDS A recent appellate court decision could have far-reaching impact on whether citizens can successfully fight government agencies for documents under the California Public Records Act. Attorneys battling for public records only have one big hammer -- attorneys' fee...

Stalking Law Hurts Small Claims Courts

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

MARCH 22, 2011 By STAN BRIN California’s Small Claims Courts are in trouble. Every year, fewer people take their cases before the local Judge Judy. But no one seems to know why this is happening, or even that the problem exists -- or even if it is a problem at all. In 20 years, annual Small Cla...

CA GOP Saves Eminent Domain!

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Commentary MARCH 18, 2011 By STEVEN GREENHUT California Republicans love to talk about limiting government, fighting bureaucracy and keeping taxes low, but on Thursday they proved that this is nothing more than a rhetorical device. Given the opportunity to rein in the size and power of government...

Silicon Valley Flunks 6 'Killer App' Tests

Monday, March 14th, 2011

MARCH 14, 2011 BY WAYNE LUSVARDI Last month with Silicon Valley elites, President Obama raised a glass of wine to toast the area's success. He was repairing his self-damaged image with big business. But a symbolic Sword of Damocles hovered over the meeting. Apple Computer employs 30,000 workers,...

The Real Meaning of the Constitution

Monday, February 7th, 2011

By JOHN SEILER Writing recently in the Sacramento Bee, two professors mangled the actual meaning of the U.S. Constitution. Alan Gibson of Cal State Chico and James Read of the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University in Minnesota charged that while the newly elected Republicans in Congre...

CA: State Of Secrecy

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

DEC. 7, 2010 By TORI RICHARDS While Gov. Jerry Brown breezed into office on a platform of frugality and openness, California’s government has shown a mandate of secrecy that could have no end in sight. In fact, First Amendment experts say that the past decade has been an era of wasteful spendin...

Feds Launch Delta Land Grab

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

OCT. 7, 2010 By KATY GRIMES The California Legislature has already passed groundbreaking legislation addressing the fragile Delta region, but some California Delta and water experts believe there is a plan to develop a conservancy in the region, as well as restrict water use among state resident...

Greenlining Series: Targeting private foundations

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

This is the sixth part of a series produced by CalWatchdog and the Examiner regarding the Berkeley-based Greenlining Institute, a low-income housing advocacy group that critics say intimidates banks and helped cause the housing meltdown. APRIL 21, 2010 By MARK TAPSCOTT When 10 of California’s...

Greenlining Series: 'Diversity' pays off

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

This is the fifth part of a series produced by CalWatchdog and the Examiner regarding the Berkeley-based Greenlining Institute, a low-income housing advocacy group that critics say intimidates banks and helped cause the housing meltdown. APRIL 20, 2010 By MARK TAPSCOTT Left-wing activist groups...

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