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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 Ind...

The Complete Guide to John Burton’s Tirades, Outbursts and Expletives

September 4th, 2012 By admin. Sept. 4, 2012 By John Hrabe California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton kicked off the Democratic National Convention Monday by comparing Republicans with Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. “They lie and they don’t care if people think they lie… Joseph Goebbels -- it’s the big lie, you keep repeating it,” Burton told the San Francisco Chronicle’s Joe Garofoli and KCBS...

Stockton leads tsunami of Calif. bankruptcies

August 27th, 2012 By admin. Aug. 27, 2012 By Troy Anderson During Vallejo’s bankruptcy, which began in 2008, the city cut the number of police in half rather than deal with the “pension problem.” Now, a somewhat similar scenario is playing out in Stockton, a city of 292,000 east of San Francisco that recently displaced Vallejo as the nation’s largest city to declare bankruptcy. Rather than trim genero...

Federal Reserve warns, Calif., other municipal bonds very risky

August 20th, 2012 By admin. Aug. 20, 2012 By Chriss Street Last week, we first reported first that "Permanent Link to Calif. sales tax revenue nosedives 33.5%," then that "Moody’s warns of mass Calif. municipal bankruptcies." During the Great Recession of the last four years, the California private sector was forced to slash employment and infrastructure spending, but the public sector made only modest cutbacks....
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