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Stockton bankruptcy looms over 2015
  The New Year is going to bring increasing difficulties for some California cities because of the 2014 settlement of Stockton’s bankruptcy. The reason: because all cities are linked under California municipal laws, especially for pension costs, borrowing costs are going up across the stat...
Gov. Brown appoints new chair to scandal-plagued CPUC
After months of damaging headlines and questions about its coziness with energy companies, the California Public Utilities Commission is getting new leadership. On Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown promoted Commissioner Michael Picker, a longtime Democratic political consultant and Brown's former energy ...
Brown readies 2015-16 budget
Budget time again. According to the Sacramento Bee, Gov. Jerry Brown is working on his budget, for fiscal year 2015-16, which begins next July 1. He will reveal his budget a couple weeks into the new year. The Bee looked at five things. My perspective follows. 1. "Will Brown loosen up?" and in...
Experts missed December CA drenching
  Bringing cheer and presents, on Christmas Santa Claus is going to fly over a California a lot greener than was expected a month ago by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and climate scientists. On Dec. 19, the San Francisco Bay area was hit with its fourth storm...
Report finds inaccuracies in Covered CA doctor lists
  What good is medical insurance if you can't find a doctor? A recent investigation by the California Department of Managed Health Care found a quarter of the doctors listed in the provider directories for two of California’s top Affordable Care Act insurance plans either refuse to a...
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