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Controller’s website opens local governments’ books

State Controller John Chiang continues to deliver on his promise of government transparency. The state’s chief financial officer announced Monday a new open-data website that provides Californians with more than a decade’s worth of financial data for local governments. The

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FTB spends 5 years, fails to collect $392

  California’s Franchise Tax Board spent thousands of dollars over five years in the futile pursuit of a Redondo Beach septuagenarian for $392. For more than half of that time, FTB staff lost the taxpayer’s records and didn’t inform him

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Three vie to replace Controller Chiang

Three established California politicians — each from a different region of the state — are asking voters to give them control of the state’s checkbook. Two Democrats, Board of Equalization member Betty Yee and Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, and

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CA advances transparency — but needs some work

This is Sunshine Week, a time to promote transparency in government. An AP analysis found that the Obama administration, which came into office promising to be the most transparent ever, has become more secretive. Fortunately, things are better out here

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CA Democrats mismanage campaign war-chests

California Democrats converge on the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend for the party’s annual state convention. Although Democrats face two scandals involving members of the state Senate, the party is well positioned for the 2014 campaign cycle. The party

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Another reminder of Jerry Brown’s, Mac Taylor’s irresponsibility 13

This Los Angeles Times story should infuriate anyone familiar with Gov. Jerry Brown’s claims that the state is on firm ground financially — and absolutely appall anyone who knows that alleged watchdog Mac Taylor of the Legislative Anayst’s Office gave

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Is John Chiang a CTA-spiting kamikaze? Or a slick posturer? 1

California politics tend only to surprise with the extremes to which unions will go in flexing their power. Protect classroom sexual predators? No problem. Openly subvert direct democracy? Sure. Argue that only union nurses should be allowed to administer life-saving

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Good news for state: Programmers found for antiquated computers

One of the strangest stories out of Sacramento in recent years has to do with state Controller John Chiang's repeated warnings that it would be difficult to implement furloughs of state workers because of the antiquated computer system used to

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Controller Chiang’s payroll website earning praise for openness, transparency

Federal officials continue to reshuffle the management of Healthcare.gov, with Kurt DelBene, a former president of the Microsoft Office Division, tapped as the new point person for the troubled Obamacare website. If DelBene fails to deliver, President Obama should call California State Controller

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State finances: LAO’s own report on CalSTRS demolishes LAO’s happy talk

I’m still struggling to make sense of Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor’s bizarrely upbeat report last month on state finances that predicted budget surpluses for years to come — but barely mentioned the state’s huge unfunded liabilities for retiree pensions and

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