Posts Tagged ‘Jerry Brown’

CA, Tesla and the slippery slope to crony capitalism

Monday, September 8th, 2014
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The decision of Tesla to locate its "gigafactory" in the Reno area instead of California offers critics of the state's business climate a chance to once again knock Gov. Jerry Brown and other state leaders for failing to care about the private sector. I am sympathetic to this critique. Tesla has eme...

In debate gaffe, Jerry Brown channels Gerald Ford

Saturday, September 6th, 2014
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The Sacramento press corps has been acting bored with the governor's race ever since the spectacle of Tim Donnelly as the GOP nominee faded away. So now we have a debate in which Jerry Brown makes a debate gaffe as dumb as President Gerald Ford's 1976 claim that Eastern Europe wasn't dominated by th...

In debate, Brown mocks Mississippi and Arkansas (i.e., the Clintons)

Friday, September 5th, 2014
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In Thursday night's debate between Gov. Jerry Brown and Neel Kashkari, the candidates sounded pretty scripted until Brown was asked about California's ability to deal with its huge pension shortfalls. Brown depicted that as an absurd question for a wealthy state with a proud history and vast reso...

Live-blogging Brown/Kashkari debate

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

CalWatchdog.com will be live-blogging throughout the gubernatorial debate tonight, between Gov. Jerry Brown and challenger Neel Kashkari. The debate kicks off at 7 p.m. Stay tuned...

AG’s low-key Vergara appeal has damage-control vibe

Sunday, August 31st, 2014
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Without fanfare, Attorney General Kamala Harris appealed the Vergara decision throwing out state teacher tenure and job-protection laws late Friday at the direction of Gov. Jerry Brown and with the encouragement of state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Unlike with most major a...

Bill would end Medi-Cal asset seizures

Friday, August 29th, 2014
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"Nothing is certain in this world except death and taxes" is an old saying. California also has seizures after death. Now, the California Legislature just passed a bill to limit the seizure of the estates of Medi-Cal recipients. The Mercury-News reported: Hanging in the balance are the hopes --...

Unions win court round in battle with charter cities

Friday, August 29th, 2014
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Unions lost round one of their battle with California cities over "prevailing wages" on public works projects in 2012. That's when the California Supreme Court ruled against a law they'd gotten the Legislature to pass targeting charter cities for their refusal to mandate union-level pay on such proj...

Historic Vergara ruling finalized; state has weighty decision on appeal

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

A court decision that puts the interests of Latino and black students and parents on a collision course with those of the mostly white members of the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers has been finalized: The judge in Vergara vs. California today released his...

Brown hits CalPERS on pension spiking

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

A bad month for CalPERS has gotten worse. On the heels of unfavorable news surrounding its investment strategy and leadership, the California Public Employee Retirement System provoked the wrath of Gov. Jerry Brown, who heaped scorn on its latest "pension spiking" plan. "Today CalPERS got it w...

Bill would push unionizing franchise workers

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
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  The franchise market in California, a keystone of small business in the state, soon could change radically. The California Legislature last Thursday sent a bill to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk that would effectively supersede the contractual agreements between California-based franchises a...