Investigative Reports

Does Prop 25 Change Anything?

December 17th, 2010 By admin. DEC. 17, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO The promise of Proposition 25 was nothing short of a revolution in how California lawmakers negotiate and approve state budgets. “Real people suffer when legislators play games with the budget,” stated the official argument in favor of the measure. “Prop 25 ends the chaos, allowing schools to plan their budgets responsibly by letting them know...

Rail: Pork Barrel Land Scam

December 12th, 2010 By admin. DEC. 12, 2010 By RICHARD TRAINOR When the bond initiative to build a peripheral canal fell apart this past June it might also have signaled the end of the line for the $45 billion high-speed train proposal. This is another project pegged for funding by issuing state bonds. What both projects have in common, despite their likely failures in the same years, 1982 and 2010, is the fact...

CA: State Of Secrecy

December 7th, 2010 By admin. DEC. 7, 2010 By TORI RICHARDS While Gov. Jerry Brown breezed into office on a platform of frugality and openness, California’s government has shown a mandate of secrecy that could have no end in sight. In fact, First Amendment experts say that the past decade has been an era of wasteful spending with lawmakers and bureaucrats spending small fortunes to ensure that information doesn...

California's New Depression

December 3rd, 2010 By admin. DEC. 3, 2010 By JOHN SEILER As California approaches a new year, with a new governor and other statewide officers, it's worth reviewing what I call "California economic realities." These are the factors which, at all levels, affect the state's economy, from the state treasury and venture capitalists at the top, to the unemployed and destitute at the bottom. New Depression? Today the U....
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