John Chiang Blazes Future of CA Politics 3

JUNE 27, 2011 By JOHN SEILER As they said in old-school physics, nature abhors a vacuum. Passed last November, Proposition 25 marginalized California Republicans by dropping from two-thirds to a majority the threshold for passing a state budget. That left the

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Victims Program Needs Major Overhaul 81

JUNE 27, 2011 By RICHARD TRAINOR The California State Victims of Crime Program (VCP) is a neat little boutique agency designed to assist crime victims. It’s officially known as the Victims Compensation and Government Claims Board, or colloquially as the

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California's Mess Not Texas' Fault 0

June 27, 2011 As California’s budget battle continues, Republicans and Democrats have engaged in a rhetorical battle regarding the relative merits and demerits of our lovely state and one of the nation’s other megastates, Texas. This debate started after a

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CA Overdue For Part-Time Legislature 9

JUNE 27, 2011 The latest budget drama shows how California needs a part-time Legislature. It hasn’t had one since the late 1960s. Since then, few budgets have been balanced while meeting the June 15 constitutional deadline. In the past 24

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City Privatization Sabotaged? 3

Katy Grimes: When employees who mow grass for the city of Sacramento are paid $60,000 annually, medical benefits and a nice pension, you know that the inmates are running the asylum. Unskilled labor jobs, which in the real world are

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Coastal Commission Holds Sacto Lovefest 8

JUNE 24, 2011 California Coastal Commission boss, and supporters, lobby for more money and power By LLOYD BILLINGSLEY A conference on the California Coastal Commission here Thursday, sponsored by Capitol Weekly, provided a forum for longtime CCC boss Peter Douglas.

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Really, CA legislators are brain trusts! 4

JUNE 24, 2011 By ALI MEYER California legislators can’t seem to get a balanced budget passed or fix the state government’s ongoing problems. They are known for passing ridiculous legislation and taxing things you didn’t even know existed, so you

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Anaheim Gives Pass To Pervert Cop 5

Steven Greenhut: Increasingly, we have become a two-tier society where those who enforce the laws are held to a much lower standard than the rest of us, which is the marking of an authoritarian society rather than a democratic one.

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Why the Leg Will Pass a Budget Soon

John Seiler: California Legislators’ pay is suspended until they pass a budget. But they’ll do that soon. The Beatles explain what their spouses are telling them: June 24, 2011

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Forecast: California Economy Stagnating 5

JUNE 23, 2011 By JOHN SEILER California’s economy is growing at a slower pace even than the stagnating U.S. Economy. California jobs creation is sharply lower than U.S. jobs creation. The state, basically, has missed the modest recovery of the

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