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State auditor will scrutinize Child Protective Services

June 6th, 2013 By admin. June 6, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO -- It's audit time for Child Protective Services, part of the California Department of Social Services. A protest rally by 100 people at the Capitol Wednesday morning charged the agency with both abusing its powers and neglecting real cases of child abuse. I took the nearby picture at the rally. Later that day the Joint Legislative Audit Committee...

Expected Vidak-Perez runoff would spark national attention

May 28th, 2013 By admin. May 30, 2013 By Katy Grimes Only hours after appearing to win the election outright for State Senate District 16 last week, many in the political media were opining that Andy Vidak had it easy during this special election, but predicted a 2014 re-election bid would be a different game. Tuesday's election seemed over and done. Vidak, a 47-year old, third-generation Republican farmer...

California’s prison guards lock up reforms

May 21st, 2013 By admin. May 21, 2013 By Sagar Jethani After being threatened with contempt by a panel of federal judges for failing to sufficiently reduce the number of prisoners in California's jails, Gov. Jerry Brown reluctantly unveiled a plan this month to further reduce the Golden State's overcrowded prisons by another 9,000 inmates. Enthusiasm in Sacramento was in short supply. Brown argued that cou...

CA media ignore Obama administration’s fracking views

May 14th, 2013 By admin. May 14, 2013 By Chris Reed The debate over hydraulic fracturing -- using high-powered water cannons to reach natural gas and oil reserves deep underground -- is heating up in California, driven by the vast economic potential of the Monterey shale formation under vast swaths of the state. Last month, a committee of the California Legislature passed three bills targeting “fracking....
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