CA Liberals Blocking Housing for Poor 0

MARCH 21, 2012 By WAYNE LUSVARDI We are hearing a lot about how California cannot close a $10 billion budget gap.  But California has allowed 400 redevelopment agencies to retain about $2 billion in funds set aside for so-called “affordable

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Live Like You’re A Liberal 7

MARCH 20, 2012 Songs and books have been written about the importance of living every day as if it will be your last. While a seemingly noble concept, living out each day indulging in special moments and treats instead of

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CSU Christians Should Thank U.S. Supreme Court 3

John Seiler: The U.S. Supreme Court did Cal State Christian students a favor by turning down their lawsuit to get school money. This was sparked by Cal State’s “refusal to provide funding and other campus  benefits to student groups that

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Special Series: Bond Holders Seek Governmental Transparency 2

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a CalWatchDog.com Special Series of 12 in-depth articles on municipal bankruptcy. MARCH 20, 2012 By DAVE ROBERTS Once upon a time buying a municipal bond was considered a safe bet. A decent rate

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Low Interest Rates Will Kill Tax Hikes 4

MARCH 20, 2012 By WAYNE LUSVARDI All the proposed ballot initiatives to increase taxes in California are headed for a hard fall at the ballot box – because the economy is sluggish. And the economy won’t pick up speed unless

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Revving Up Higher Property Taxes 11

MARCH 20, 2012 By KATY GRIMES Every year the Legislature attempts to rewrite Proposition 13, the 1978 ballot initiative that successfully returned property value assessments to 1975 levels, limited property taxes to 1 percent of assessed valuation and capped annual property

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Bond Holders Seek Governmental Transparency 0

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a CalWatchDog.com Special Series of 12 in-depth articles on municipal bankruptcy. Once upon a time buying a municipal bond was considered a safe bet. A decent rate of return with little risk ­–

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‘Anti-tax Demagogues’ Smashing CA? 12

John Seiler: Los Angeles Times columnist George Skelton is worth reading because he’s almost always wrong. His latest column blames “anti-tax demagogues” for California’s disastrous condition. How about, instead, a string of incompetent governors who refused to discipline the Legislature’s

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The Dirty Secrecy of Clean Energy Costs 6

MARCH 19, 2012 By DAVE ROBERTS “Sunshine is the best disinfectant,” said Supreme Court Justice Lewis Brandeis regarding the need for governmental transparency – but apparently not when it comes to solar power and other renewable energy sources. California has

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396,345 Jobs Lost if Property Tax Split 8

MARCH 19, 2012 By WAYNE LUSVARDI The Davenport School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University is out with a blockbuster new study on the affects of the proposed elimination of caps on commercial property taxes provided for under Proposition 13. 

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