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Mary Nichols the ‘rock star’ bureaucrat
America is supposed to be a democracy ruled by "We, the people." Actually it's rule by bureaucracy. The vast bureaus of federal, state and local governments run our lives, and there's not much that can be done about it until the whole shebang goes bankrupt. Presidents, governors and mayors can...
Thieves rip $800,000 in computers from San Jose State
Can't blame this one on Kim Jong Un of North Korea. Thieves ripped off $800,000 of computer equipment from San Jose State. The Contra Costa Times reported: Without a central warehouse or reliable system for keeping track of the valuables arriving on campus, hundreds of wireless-access devices co...
Gov. Brown pardons 105 ex-cons, rescinds one
Gov. Jerry Brown offered Christmas Eve pardons to 105 Californians. But before the paperwork reached the Secretary of State's office, that number was reduced by one. After facing questions from the Los Angeles Times, Brown retracted the pardon of Glen William Carnes, who, as a teenager, was convi...
Will Little Hoover compel green-energy testimony?
Here’s the 13,000-megawatt question to be answered in 2015: Will the Little Hoover Commission begin issuing subpoenas in 2015 to compel Gov. Jerry Brown and California legislative leaders to meet green energy accountability requirements spelled out in its 2012 report, “Rewiring California: I...
CalSTRS to sock local school budgets
California's pension crisis just keeps getting worse. The major crisis now is the California State Teachers' Retirement System. Gov. Jerry Brown warned about the crisis in his Jan. 2014 budget proposal, but didn't do anything about it. Election year. We'll have to see what his Jan. 2015 budget, d...
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