Investigative Reports

Despite killing jobs, cap-and-trade on track

September 24th, 2012 By admin. Sept. 24, 2012 By Dave Roberts Leakage. It sounds like something dribbling from a broken beer stein. It’s also become a buzzword in the implementation of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, also known as AB 32. The California Air Resources Board defines leakage in bureaucratese as “a reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases within the state that is offset by an...

Revenge of the nurses: The back story of PERB’s radicalization

September 19th, 2012 By admin. Sept. 19, 2012 By Chris Reed In 1999, California Democrats celebrated Gray Davis’ election as governor the previous fall by sending him a slew of legislation they knew that his Republican predecessor, Pete Wilson, would never have approved. Most notoriously, they won Davis’ signature on SB 400, the giveaway of a retroactive 50 percent increase in the pension formula for state emplo...

Prop. 32 Fight Won’t Be Settled in November

September 16th, 2012 By admin. Sept. 17, 2012 By John Hrabe Conservative activists see Proposition 32, California’s latest paycheck protection measure, as a potential game changer. “When Prop. 32 passes, unions will be on an even level with other power groups,” said Stephen Frank, a Republican grassroots activist and publisher of the California Political News and Views. “This will have a major effect on cam...

AB 1978 would boost Goodwill’s bin bullying

September 10th, 2012 By admin. Sept. 10, 2012 By John Hrabe Goodwill is synonymous with used-clothing donations. The national syndicate of secondhand retail stores is by far the biggest player in the clothing donation business. However, it’s losing market share to smaller nonprofits, churches and even some for-profit businesses, all of which have replicated the Goodwill charitable model. So, Goodwill Industries ...
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