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Will California become Detroit on the Pacific?

August 26th, 2013 By Robert J. Cristiano, Ph.D.. Editor's Note: has been following Detroit's economic situation for several years, and in light of its recent filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, we are re-releasing a series of articles detailing the city's challenges. This piece was originally posted on CalWatchdog, February 18, 2013. Environmentalists have used the allusion of the canary in the mineshaft when describin...

CA Assembly pays women less; fewer in top staff positions

August 23rd, 2013 By John Hrabe. The state Capitol remains a good old boys' club. Women who work for the California State Assembly face a glass ceiling, substantial pay inequities and limits to their career advancement. Female employees are paid less than their male counterparts, are less likely to serve in leadership roles and remain stuck in secretarial positions, a analysis of legislative payroll d...

Campaign committees fund life of luxury

August 19th, 2013 By John Hrabe. The political chicken dinner has gone upscale. In the first half of the year, legislative leaders, political parties and political action committees lured campaign contributors with limousine rides, gourmet meals and swag bags loaded with booze and iPad Minis, a analysis of campaign spending reports has found. Californians for Jobs and a Strong Economy, a political ...

Rainfall study contradicts CA water policy

August 16th, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi. In the mid-1970s, it was common for many Santa Barbara County communities to deny water meters to limit growth and development.  Santa Barbara experienced periodic droughts up until 1991, when it finally built a pipeline connecting to the State Water Project’s California Aqueduct. However, a 2012 climate change study entitled “When It Rains It Pours,” by Environment California'...
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