Hope for sparing parks from budget ax 0

March 19, 2012 For a state that prides itself on innovation and alternative ideas, California remains stuck in a rut of outdated thinking when it comes to providing government services. But, thanks to budget cutbacks, California officials might be open

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Prolonged Primary Good For GOP 0

Katy Grimes: There is much sermonizing and opining in newspapers over Republican politics. Most of it these days is full of mockery and disdain. “GOP inflicts its own wounds” is a common theme, as well as one headline that ran

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Skyscraper Goes Up in 15 Days

MARCH 16, 2012 Fifteen days. That’s how long it took developer Broad Sustainable Building to complete construction of a 30-story hotel. The near-miraculous feat has been attributed to a couple timesavers: The hotel’s foundation was laid out ahead of its

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Special Series: Local Governments Face Bankruptcy Quandary 82

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a CalWatchDog.com Special Series of 12 in-depth articles on municipal bankruptcy. MARCH 16, 2012 By JOHN SEILER Bankruptcy is the boogeyman haunting governments across America. It’s not a question of if more cities

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Who Subsidized the Electric Car? 0

John Seiler: A 2006 documentary is called, “Who Killed the Electric Car?” According to IMDB.com, it’s “A documentary that investigates the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the

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Local Governments Face Bankruptcy Quandary 0

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a CalWatchDog.com Special Series of 12 in-depth articles on municipal bankruptcy. Bankruptcy is the boogeyman haunting governments across America. It’s not a question of if more cities will file for bankruptcy, but how

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ObamaCare: Can You Say ‘Trillions?’ 0

Katy Grimes: The Congressional Budget Office reported this week that the total cost of ObamaCare will be more than $1.7 trillion over a decade – double the original White House estimates of $940 billion over 10 years. Don’t look for this

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DeVore Explains Why He Left for Tex 7

One of California’s best Assemblyman of recent years was Chuck DeVore, R-Irvine. He especially was good on the state budget. Term-limited, he left office, then left California. As with so many others who splilt, the Golden State became the Pyrite

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