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CA high-speed rail strikes out at hearing
  The state Senate’s Transportation and Housing Committee held a hearing Thursday on California’s quixotic high-speed rail project.  Even Gov. Jerry Brown, who still hopes the bullet train will be the enduring legacy of his third stint as governor, might have been troubled by the conclus...
California experiments with open-source voting
  After spending tens of millions of dollars in recent years on ineffective voting systems, California election officials are planning to experiment with an "open source" system that may prove to be the cure-all for secure, accessible balloting – or just another expensive failure. Most comp...
CA Dems caught up in corruption in L.A., Bay Area and San Diego
High-profile elected Democrats in all of California's most populous areas are turning out to be corrupt cretins. The indictment released Wednesday of state Sen. Leland Yee depicts a San Francisco-Oakland-Daly City culture in which gangsters traffic in a long laundry list of crimes -- in this cas...
Rebels in Leland Yee case make peace with Philippine government
A separatist Muslim rebel group in the Philippines, and the alleged supplier of weapons to State Senator Leland Yee, has signed a peace accord with the government of the Philippines Thursday, just one day after the San Francisco Democrat was arrested on multiple weapons trafficking, money launderin...
New 49ers stadium intercepts tax dollars
The National Football League remains as agile as ever at intercepting the taxpayers' money. The latest example is the new stadium in Santa Clara, pictured nearby under construction, to host the San Francisco 49ers. After a slow decade, the Niners are back in contention. They barely lost the Su...
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