Posts Tagged ‘waste’

Sacramento arena lawsuit dribbles forward

Thursday, December 26th, 2013
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There was no fast break at a recent court date concerning a suit by Sacramento activists opposed to tax subsidies for a new arena. The activists are Issac Gonzalez, James Cathcart and Julian Camacho. CalWatchdog.com attended the Dec. 19 hearing before Judge Eugene Balonon, who was expected t...

Firearm association accuses Fish and Game commissioner of conflict of interest

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013
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One of the most controversial bills passed this year by the California Legislature was Assembly Bill 711, by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, D-South Gate. Beginning in 2019, it bans lead bullets for hunting, which proponents claim is to save the California Condor population. Gov. Jerry Brown signed t...

EDD employees nap, watch TV, surf net, while claims stack up

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
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My three-part series about the Employment Development Department computer system upgrade has some in the agency wanting to unload. Apparently EDD officials' explanation of the newly updated $100 million computer system "glitches," and claims of understaffing, aren't the whole story, according to som...

Condors thriving before new CA lead ammo ban

Monday, December 16th, 2013
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The California Condor is flying back. This majestic giant, with a wingspan stretching nearly 10 feet, had been nearing extinction as recently as two decades ago. But the recent report from the U.S. Department of the Interior found that the Condor Recovery Program "continues to increase the number...

‘Since voters are so stupid, let govt. make all decisions’

Saturday, December 14th, 2013
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The pabulum voters are being fed has escalated to new heights… or lows as the case may be. In a letter to the Sac Bee editor today, a reader claimed Alexis de Tocqueville would have supported Sacramento City Council's decision to forge ahead with the publicly subsidized arena without a vo...

Merry Covered CA Christmas: No payment, no health coverage

Friday, December 13th, 2013
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If you are signing up for Obamacare, I hope you've already put your check in the mail. If you haven't paid by Dec. 23, don't count on having Obamacare insurance in January. As with all insurance coverage, the plan must be paid for before you are officially covered. According to the U.S. Departmen...

Update: Critics charge SF/Oakland Bay Bridge still unsafe

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
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New questions have arisen about the subject of several stories I wrote last spring about the construction debacles on the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge repairs. In May, I covered a report of the concerns of engineer Yun Chung. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake struck with 6.9 magnitude an...

Obamacare docs ‘just say no’

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

"If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan. Period." Repeated for more than three years by President Barack Obama,  this is a phrase nearly everyone in America now knows. The problem is, for millions ...

Ugly dust up over GOP Assembly health care site

Friday, December 6th, 2013
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The California State Assembly website, Covering Health Care: A California Resource Guide, has become something of a media kerfuffle. But many of the messages coming from the media and social media, are false and misleading. "Helping You Navigate Federal Health Care Changes," the website home pag...

EDD responds to questions on computer glitches

Friday, December 6th, 2013
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This is Part 1 of a series. Obamacare's computers aren't the only government systems struck by major glitches. Two months after a California Employment Development Department computer crash cut off tens of thousands of Californians from their unemployment benefits, the EDD remains overwhelmed...