Posts Tagged ‘Wayne Lusvardi’

Fresno beats SF, San Jose in economic growth

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Cities rankings

The gleaming high-tech companies of San Francisco and Silicon Valley now are California's face to the world -- even more than Hollywood. But -- surprise! -- an updated Brookings Institution study found the inland metropolitan areas of California beat out the upscale coastal cities in the Bay Are...

Comparing CalPERS and CalSTRS with AT&T retirement

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
att logo

Following yesterday’s story, “State pensions improve, but members living longer,” it would be useful to compare California’s two large state retirement funds with a roughly equivalent private one, AT&T. Most private companies have switched to “defined contribution...

State pensions improve, but members living longer

Monday, January 26th, 2015
calSTRS 2015 report numbers

Is it morning in California for the California Public Employees' Retirement System and the California State Teachers' Retirement System? Both CalPERS and CalSTRS’ funds have performed better lately, even as members are living longer. CalPERS is doing much better since 2008, when it lost 27.8 p...

Feds, CA clash over funding private water projects

Monday, January 19th, 2015
water people

  Last week, President Obama dumped a bucket of cold water over his fellow Democrats in California on water policy. He’s emphasizing private investment, while they’re trying to ban it. His Environmental Protection Agency announced on its website: “WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmen...

Hoover Poll: CA wants growth, not green programs or rail

Thursday, January 15th, 2015
Golden Gate Bridge

Gov. Jerry Brown just won a resounding re-election victory. But his new budget released last week for Fiscal Year 2015-16, which begins on July 1, is out of sync with Californians on some important issues, according to the Hoover Institution's new Golden State Poll. It questioned people between Dec...

Supreme Court refuses to hook Delta smelt case

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

  Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court refused to put a hook into an appeal of lower-court actions that shut off water to farmers and cities in 2007 and 2013 in favor of Delta smelt. In the Los Angeles Times summary: “The justices turned down appeals from several water agencies, includin...

Look for the budget trailer-bill details

Monday, January 12th, 2015
brown budget

  Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal, released Friday, is just that: a proposal. It’s a starting point. What’s key are the details he and his allies include in the “trailer bills” to the budget they advance for fiscal year 2015-16, which begins on July 1. According to Brown’s ...

Gov. Brown’s 50% renewable goal a tough target

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
california wind resources map

  In his Jan. 5 inaugural address for his historic fourth term as California’s governor, Jerry Brown proposed an ambitious expansion of California’s renewable energy goals from 33 to 50 percent by 2030. The current level in 2015 is 20 percent renewables. However, the 50 percent rene...

Pasadena struck with Bell-like scandal

Monday, January 5th, 2015

  Pasadena has a reputation of being run by good-government liberals. But now it’s immersed in a scandal that could rival that of Bell and its infamous former administrator, Robert Rizzo. The Pasadena Star News reported, “Los Angeles County District Attorney’s investigators Tuesday...

Health co-ops filling Covered CA gap

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

As rates continue to rise sharply for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, in the new year people are looking for more affordable alternatives. One is medical cooperatives. That’s especially true here, where the Obamacare implementation is called Covered California. The Wall Street Journal...