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Tax hike won’t solve Cal State’s budget problems

October 8th, 2012 By admin. Oct. 8, 2012 By John Hrabe Congratulations or condolences? It’s hard to say which is more appropriate for Timothy P. White, the newly appointed Chancellor of the California State University system. White takes over the top job at the country’s largest and perhaps most beleaguered public university system. Over recent years, Cal State has been fraught with controversies involving i...

Libertarian ideology blinds Republicans on Prop. 31

October 1st, 2012 By admin. Oct. 1, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi When I recently spoke before an Orange County crowd of Republicans at a ballot forum as the “No on Proposition 31” speaker, I was not surprised to find opposition.  One person offered the observation that it was all those “country club Republicans” that stood to benefit from the corporate welfare of Prop. 31 who were in favor of it.  To the cont...

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...
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