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Brown proposal would force local school tax increases

February 12th, 2013 By admin. Feb. 12, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed re-engineering of the California public school finance system takes a chapter out of President Obama’s urban policy playbook to covertly fund big city school districts with suburban money. We could see more of that tonight in the president's State of the Union address. The playbook was described in Stanley Kurtz’s book,...

Obamacare grants exemptions for everyone but taxpayers

February 5th, 2013 By admin. Feb. 5, 2013 By Katy Grimes Obamacare is beginning to directly affect Californians' wallets -- and health. New regulations released last week from the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Health and Human Services made it clear that spouses and children will get financially squeezed like your arm in the cuff of a blood-pressure machine. It’s all about the exemptions. ...

Oakland hires ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Bill Bratton to fight crime

January 28th, 2013 By admin. Jan. 29, 2013 By Dave Roberts Oakland’s website prominently touts that it has been ranked by the New York Times as the fifth best place in the world to visit. It beat out every other North American city as well as Tokyo, Florence and Vienna. The Times praises Oakland’s sophisticated restaurants and upscale bars, which are “turning once-gritty Oakland into an increasingly appealin...

‘New’ Delta plan rehashes old plans from 1950s and 70s

January 24th, 2013 By admin. Jan. 24, 2013 by Wayne Lusvardi Just as Hollywood often remakes old movies, water engineers apparently rehash old forgotten plans to refashion the Sacramento Delta.  And then the proponents call these plans “new” and “cheaper” alternatives. Water engineer Robert Pyke has gotten a lot of media attention recently for his  “Delta Tunnel Alternative Plan.”  Pyke’s plan is...
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