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Prop. 13 ‘split roll’ looms: Karma for Chamber of Commerce? 7

Nov. 7, 2012 By Chris Reed For years, the California Chamber of Commerce has had a squishy aversion to confrontation and a comfort level with Sacramento’s machine politicians that should inflame any small-government conservative. What has this toadying and willingness

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Post-pension reform law, let the public employee gaming begin 7

Dec. 5, 2012 By Chris Reed This Orange County Register story about top executives at the giant Metropolitan Water District of Southern California figuring out a way to game Gov. Jerry Brown’s pension reform by joining a union is only

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Joe Mathews weighs in on CalWatchdog piece 2

Dec. 5, 2012 By Chris Reed Joe Mathews, one of the least ideological mainstream California political pundits, has weighed in on the analysis I did last week on the evidence that unions are trying to stifle direct democracy in California

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Schools chief who tolerates bond scams wants to float own bond 5

Dec. 5, 2012 By Chris Reed The use of 30-year school “construction” bonds to pay for routine maintenance and short-lived electronics like laptops is a huge, ongoing, but basically uncovered scandal in California. Since automatic annual pay raises for most

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Mac Taylor’s goofy happy talk triggers more toxic fallout 3

Dec. 4, 2012 By Chris Reed Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor’s unhinged decision to project budget surpluses in coming years in California could turn out to be the defining moment of his career. The decision of state voters to back temporary

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L.A. Times’ analysis on crazy school borrowing omits why it’s done 5

Nov. 29, 2012 By Chris Reed The Los Angeles Times has printed an analysis piece on the insane borrowing by dozens of California school districts using “capital appreciation bonds” (CABs), which delay any repayment for 20 years and often cost

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Protecting bird poop: regulation as self-parody 10

Nov. 27, 2012 By Chris Reed Here in San Diego, regulatory insanity has hit an all-time high, with environmental rules preventing city officials from cleaning up bird poop. “California Cove Blessed With Nature’s Beauty Reels From Its Stench” was the

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Union power protects miscreants, not just pay and benefits

Nov. 20, 2012 By Chris Reed As the Legislature’s refusal to pass a bill making it easier to fire classroom sexual predators shows, union power isn’t just about protecting jobs, pay and benefits. It’s also about insulating bad apples, even

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Gov. Brown’s Prop. 30 ego trip: How … Schwarzeneggerian! 19

Nov. 19, 2012 By Chris Reed There was a triumphal quality to Jerry Brown’s speech Friday at the Moscone Center in San Francisco that went beyond the governor doing some chest-thumping over the success of Proposition 30. In repeatedly mocking

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Mac Taylor’s budget happy talk draws more fire — deservedly 3

Nov. 18, 2012 By Chris Reed Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor’s budget report does have plenty of caveats that his somewhat upbeat view of coming years may never come to pass. But Taylor’s opening statement about there being a “strong possibility

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