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There Ought To Be A Pat On Back
Steven Greenhut: California legislators sponsor a "There Ought To Be A Law Contest" to get ideas from constituents and students on, er, the new laws the state ought to have. Even some good solid Republicans go for this nonsense. We've often joked on our staff about the need for a contest on what law...
No Santa Claus From CalPERS
Steven Greenhut: California counties are getting a shocking Christmas gift from the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) in the form of an updated actuarial report for the retirement system. Of course, pension liabilities are soaring, which will further stress county budgets. ...
Deciphering Brown's Budget Pick
DEC. 15, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO The stakes have never been higher. Since 2008, despite its requirement for a balanced budget, California has been wrestling with budget deficits between $11 billion and $25 billion. In November, the non-partisan Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) released a rep...
CA Budget filled With 'Luxury' Items
To Plug State Deficit Stop Giving Poodles Luxury Gifts DEC. 14, 2010 By WAYNE LUSVARDI Charles Dickens’s satiric novel “A Bleak House” is perhaps more appropriate than his famous story “A Christmas Carol” for describing the bleak Christmas that California faces in 2010, and for ...
State Property Sale Off, Again
Katy Grimes: The highly questionable sale of 11 state-owned properties hit another snag on Monday after being given the go-ahead last week. A California Appeals Court halted the sale yesterday after a Superior Court Judge just last Friday, had approved the sale. The lawsuit was brought by three fo...