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Why CA has an affordable housing crisis
What a long strange trip it’s been for the Pebble Beach Company since it unveiled its Del Monte Forest development plan all the way back in 1987. In the ensuing 27 years, PBC has revised its plan innumerable times only to have state regulators or local government bodies block the company from b...
What IS going on in CA schools?
California's government school students score among the lowest on national tests. Now this: Uproar over classroom scuffle reflects a profession under siege Groundswell of support for teacher who wrestled disruptive student to the floor shows the public is fed up with the disciplinary problems and ...
Puerto Rico experiments with tax cuts
California is experimenting with high taxes. Seventeen months after voters passed Proposition 30, which raised taxes $7 billion a year, California's unemployment rate remains high at 8 percent, fourth worst in the country. While the government got the taxes to fund 4.5 percent raises for state gover...
State Senate postpones hearings for ethics training
In response to ongoing corruption cases, the California State Senate will postpone all committee hearings scheduled for April 23 and in their place host an all-day ethics discussion and training session. In a Wednesday afternoon email (reprinted at the end of this article), Kathy Dresslar, Senate...
Assembly committee to look at Leg treatment of women employees
This week, the California State Assembly announced the creation of a new select committee to investigate issues facing women in the workplace. Speaker John A. Perez, who made the announcement on Equal Pay Day, said that he's tasked Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, to lead the Assembly Sel...
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