Drought Politics Dries Up Wet Sacramento 0

MAR. 7, 2012 By KATY GRIMES Sacramento is suffering from a drought. At least that is what the city utilities department employees say they’ve been instructed to tell residents who call questioning the city’s strict water conservation policies. The City

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Girl is Right: Public School Is ‘Modern Slavery’ 2

John Seiler: Kids finally are figuring it out. According to the Huffington Post, a 13-year-old girl in Rochester, N.Y. was harassed by public school officials after she wrote a paper comparing her school to “modern slavery.” She was forced to

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Parents Should Demand Vouchers 3

March 8, 2012 An unnamed teacher at Haydock Intermediate School in Oxnard was placed on paid administrative leave this week as the Oxnard School District investigates whether she has been moonlighting as a porn actress. That followed the criminal citation

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Shock! ‘Conservative White Men’ Deny Moon Made of Green Cheese 6

Commentary MARCH 7, 2012 By JOHN SEILER Supposing somebody insisted that the moon is made of green cheese. This is not a self-evident fact. Camembert, maybe, but not green cheese. We would demand strong proof. Even if the proof was

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Pols Build Arena While Sacto Burns 12

Katy Grimes: Sacramento’c City Council approved the arena financing plan last night, 7-2, supporting Mayor Kevin Johnson for the first time since his 2008 election. But this arena deal wasn’t exactly the smartest issue in which to support Johnson. Sacramento

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School Choice Goes to Head of the Class 1

This article first appeared in UnionWatch.org. MARCH 7, 2012 By LARRY SAND Last month, Education Week published “What Research Says About School Choice,” in which nine scholars analyze the results of various studies concerning “school choice” — the quaint notion

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Why Not Skip College? 8

John Seiler: Katy Grimes reported here at CalWatchDog.com on the protests against cuts in aid to college students. That means higher tuition — “fees” — to attend state colleges and universities. Here’s an idea for how kids can cut the

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Special Series: Bankruptcy Didn’t Make the Sky Fall In Orange County 18

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a CalWatchDog.com Special Series of 12 in-depth articles on municipal bankruptcy. MARCH 6, 2012 BY CHRIS REED Overwhelmed by enormous unfunded liabilities for retired employees’ pensions and health care, local governments throughout California

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Capitol Protest: Joke Is On Taxpayer 4

Katy Grimes: It is amazing that a once-successful education system now churns out victims, instead of well-educated young people ready for employment. Today’s college students aren’t well-educated in the classic sense, nor do they appear to be all that excited

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Bankruptcy Didn’t Make the Sky Fall In Orange County 0

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a CalWatchDog.com Special Series of 12 in-depth articles on municipal bankruptcy. Overwhelmed by enormous unfunded liabilities for retired employees’ pensions and health care, local governments throughout California are increasingly contemplating what once seemed

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