Posts Tagged ‘Jerry Brown’

Tesla could get enviro exemption

Friday, August 15th, 2014

California is known for egalitarianism and extreme environmental laws. But some animals are more equal than others. The Times reported: The state would exempt Tesla Motors Inc. from some of its toughest environmental regulations as part of an incentive package being discussed with the automaker to...

Moody’s raises questions about teacher pension funding fix

Friday, August 15th, 2014
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Soon after the CalSTRS funding fix crafted by the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown took effect on July 1, Moody's Investors Service raised CalSTRS' bond issuer rating. But six weeks later, Moody's has put out another release that examines how much strain the law meant to stabilize funding for Ca...

Legislature passes first water storage bond in 50 years  

Thursday, August 14th, 2014
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  With the drought still drying up the state, the California Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown Wednesday poured out a $7.5 billion water bond that includes $2.7 billion for water storage. If voters give their approval this November, this will be the first bond in 50 years to include water sto...

Water bond deal reached

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Writing Wednesday afternoon, a deal just was reached among Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic and Republican leaders in the Legislature on a water bond for the November ballot, costing $7.5 billion. It would replace Proposition 43, the $11.1 billion bond currently in place. The Bee reported: Negot...

Groundwater takeover would prove costly

Monday, August 11th, 2014

In 2010, I did some freelance work for Susan Trager, one of California's top water lawyers. Unfortunately she died in 2011. Even though I had been writing about California since 1987 and had a general idea of state water policy, until I worked for Susan I had no idea how complex, developed and ev...

Unlike Brown, Hawaii gov took on teachers — and paid

Monday, August 11th, 2014
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As someone who went to college in Hawaii and spent eight years there as a journalist, I know the state's politics pretty well. It is so solidly Democrat that it only has one Republican in its state senate. This monolithic hold on state government in turn empowers the party's base of public employee ...

High-speed rail without federal money?

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Last week Gov. Jerry Brown said he would continue building the high-speed rail project without federal money. It's commendable he doesn't want to burden U.S. taxpayers. But it's hard to see how the project can be built without federal money, which has funded every recent major mass-transit projec...

Water fight: Now it’s four bonds

Saturday, August 9th, 2014
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For California's water, now it's dueling water bonds -- four of them. First bond: On Friday, Senate Republicans refurbished their own water-bond proposal, now for $8.7 billion. According to the Los Angeles Times, "Nearly a third of the money in the new proposal would go to water storage. Like th...

Scam exposed: UTLA wants $ for troubled students to fund 17.6% raise

Friday, August 8th, 2014
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When Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Local Control Funding Formula for state schools into law in the summer of 2013, it was billed as the biggest education reform in California in decades. The premise of the law -- and the mainstream media coverage of the law -- was that this advanced Brown's goal of ge...

2 realities of $11 billion water bond

Thursday, August 7th, 2014
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  There are two realities with the current $11.1 billion water bond currently scheduled to appear on the November ballot as Proposition 43. One, the bond is too big and filled with pork. Two, even so, if it appeared on the ballot as is, it likely would pass. Legislators are debating the s...