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Sky Not 'Falling' on School Budgets

April 4th, 2011 By admin. APRIL 4, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI If you listen to anyone up and down the food chain of public-school funding in California, Gov. Jerry Brown’s failure to negotiate a budget deal with Republicans means that the sky is falling on revenues for public schools. This groupthink rhetoric is so unanimous at nearly every level of education and the unquestioning media that it has become a fact...

Adachi Pushes New S.F. Pension Reform

March 28th, 2011 By admin. MARCH 28, 2011 By DAVE ROBERTS Jeff Adachi, San Francisco's elected public defender, is a modern-day Don Quixote tilting at unionized windmills while singing "To Dream the Impossible Pension Reform Dream." The self-described progressive dared to take on that city's powerful unions last year with his pension and health care reform measure, Proposition B. It lost 57 percent to 43 percent...

Stalking Law Hurts Small Claims Courts

March 22nd, 2011 By admin. MARCH 22, 2011 By STAN BRIN California’s Small Claims Courts are in trouble. Every year, fewer people take their cases before the local Judge Judy. But no one seems to know why this is happening, or even that the problem exists -- or even if it is a problem at all. In 20 years, annual Small Claims case loads have fallen by a third, from approximately 330,000 to 232,000 while the sta...

CA GOP Saves Eminent Domain!

March 18th, 2011 By admin. Commentary MARCH 18, 2011 By STEVEN GREENHUT California Republicans love to talk about limiting government, fighting bureaucracy and keeping taxes low, but on Thursday they proved that this is nothing more than a rhetorical device. Given the opportunity to rein in the size and power of government in a tangible way, Assembly Republicans – with one sole exception – punted. They rall...
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