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Momentum grows for police body cameras
For critics of police misconduct looking for an easy fix, one solution towers above the rest: affix video cameras to cops. The idea is picking up steam in California, where top officials are showing increased interest. Yet this also is a time when concerns about data harvesting and government sur...
Trash train fiasco illustrates private vs. public double standard
This story in the Orange County Register illustrates a common CalWatchdog theme: In the private sector, incompetence leads to companies failing and people getting fired. But in government, all too often incompetence comes without consequence: "The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County have spe...
Brown’s rainy-day fund
On energy resources, will CA ignore lessons of North Dakota?
It was just less than two years ago that City Journal had the first high-profile story laying out the enormous economic potential of certain of California's natural resources: "The biggest onshore story is the potential of the Monterey Formation (also known as the Monterey Shale), a zone of petrole...
Video: How to negotiate with teachers unions
CalWatchdog.com's Brian Calle talks to Colorado superintendent Liz Fagen about how she successfully negotiated with one of the most powerful public sector unions. http://youtu.be/xiBLR2V8eRo
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