Posts Tagged ‘San Jose’

Teacher pay raises gobble up Prop 30, LCFF funds

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

In 2012, California voters approved Proposition 30, which temporarily raised sales taxes on everyone and income taxes on the wealthy. The measure was sold with the promise it would directly help public education. It was "for the kids." In 2013, the California Legislature approved a dramatic chang...

Voters face pension-reform decisions

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

In a series of contests playing out at the state and local levels, Golden State voters will cast votes this November that could reshape the pension landscape for years to come. Races have attracted attention for offices that exercise direct influence over the institutions that set pension pol...

No, San Jose not struggling to retain city workers — just police

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
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San Jose Mayor Reed folds on pension initiative

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

In a disappointing indicator of the challenges facing public pension reform, outgoing San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has shelved his statewide ballot initiative designed to address the problem. The mayor blames a time crunch and unappealing language used in Attorney General Kamala Harris' ballot summa...

Judge confirms the ‘California rule': Pensions can only go up

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
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A state judge on Monday did a split-the-baby routine with San Jose's voter-approved pension-reform law: "SAN JOSE -- In a landmark ruling that could help shape city budgets around the state, a judge invalidated key parts of San Jose's voter-approved pension cuts but upheld other elements that could...

Faulconer election won’t stop ‘Los Angelization’ of San Diego politics

Monday, February 10th, 2014

On Tuesday, San Diego voters will decide between two City Council members in a special election to fill the remaining 33 months of the mayoral term of disgraced, resigned Bob Filner. The early conventional wisdom was that the clear favorite was Republican Kevin Faulconer, 47, the longest-serving ...

PRI report examines bankruptcy as tool for struggling cities

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

The Pacific Research Institute has released a report that couldn't be more timely. "Going Broke One City at a Time: Municipal Bankruptcies in America" by economist Wayne H. Winegarden. buy a paper if (1==1) {document.getElementById("link4533").style.display="none";} One of Winegarden's ...

Judge: Pensions can’t be cut, but pay can

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013
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California still is a long way from resolving its pension crisis, in the courts and elsewhere. But here's an important new development: "SAN JOSE -- In a landmark ruling that could help shape city budgets around the state, a judge invalidated key parts of San Jose's voter-approved pension cuts but ...

Worthless ‘step’ teacher pay raises scrapped in San Jose

Monday, May 27th, 2013

May 27, 2013 By Chris Reed For decades, it's been common in K-12 public education to award raises to teachers for accumulating graduate school credits -- even if the coursework has nothing to do with the subject that the teacher teaches. There has never been any evidence that this practice helps t...

Moody’s warns of mass Calif. municipal bankruptcies

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Aug. 18, 2012 By Chriss Street The klaxon horn went off Friday evening for California municipal bondholders when Moody’s Investors Services issued a report stating that the plummeting financial condition of many California counties, cities, school districts and other government agencies will soo...