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California voters OK 63% of tax measures

June 8th, 2012 By admin. June 8, 2012 By Chriss Street Local voters approved 63 percent -- or 55 of the 87 -- local tax, bond or fee measures on the June 5, 2012 California primary ballot, according to Michael Coleman, the creator of Majority vote measures fared much better than supermajority votes requiring two-thirds approval to pass special taxes and bonds.  Fifteen of the 19 maj...

Top two primary intensifies anonymous online attacks

June 4th, 2012 By admin. June 4, 2012 By John Hrabe Patricia McKeon is the prohibitive favorite to win the 38th State Assembly seat. As the wife and campaign fundraiser of Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, the influential chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, she has built-in name ID and a lucrative fundraising Rolodex. Both are Republicans. Her frontrunner status has allowed her to avoid public scruti...

California counting its carbon tax riches

May 29th, 2012 By admin. May 29, 2012 By Katy Grimes While the rest of the country shuns carbon trading schemes, California politicians continue to embrace the concept, and are forging ahead with a Cap and Trade carbon trading system. But eight states have dropped out of California’s Western Climate Initiative, leaving many scratching their heads in wonderment, as only California and Quebec are left alone to...

East Bay second Cal State foundation to file questionable tax returns

May 21st, 2012 By admin. May 21, 2012 By John Hrabe With 427,000 students and 44,000 staff on 23 campuses, the California State University System is the nation’s largest higher education system. But from Los Angeles to San Francisco, Cal State is raising tuition, cutting enrollment and campaigning for a multibillion-dollar tax hike — all while providing high salaries and lavish benefits to its top executive...
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