Controller Chiang pounds California municipalities 12

Aug. 29, 2012 By Chriss Street California State Controller John Chiang announced that the cities of Milpitas and Morgan Hill illegally tried to convert hundreds of millions of dollars of real estate, cash and investments that were required to be

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I brave watching the GOP convention

Aug. 29, 2012 By John Seiler I watched the Republican National Convention speeches yesterday evening the only way possible: by sipping bourbon. It was obvious the whole thing was scripted to project a TV image of the GOP as cuddly

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Legislature doubles public safety death benefit 27

Aug. 29, 2012 By Katy Grimes Don’t let all of the media coverage of the Legislature’s promise of pension reform fool you for one minute into thinking that they are serious. If serious “reform” was really on the table, Assembly

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Redevelopment: It’s aliiiiiiiive! 12

Aug. 29, 2012 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO — The California Redevelopment Agency was given the ax in February by Gov. Jerry Brown. Since then, lawmakers have been working as diligently as Dr. Frankenstein to breathe new life back into the

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Brown, Legislature advance phony pension ‘reform’ 35

Aug. 29, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi There are many books that have sprung up with titles such as “The 2 Percent Solution,” “The Four Percent Solution,” “The Five Percent” solution,  “The One Percent Solution,” the 999 Plan, all offering simplistic

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Mayor Reed calls for deeper reforms 15

Steven Greenhut: California’s Democrats have become sudden believers in pension reform now that it’s clear that Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax-increase proposal probably won’t pass in November unless Californians see some governmental reform. The Democratic plan mainly deals with new hires

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Boehner to CA RNC Delegation: CA is in Play for Congressional Seats 0

Aug. 28, 2012 By Brian Calle TAMPA– Democrats in California have such a strong voter registration advantage in the state that most political onlookers write-off California’s statewide electoral contests as hopelessly destined to go blue. That is not an unreasonable

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Cap and trade, or tax and raid? 5

Aug. 28, 2012 Katy Grimes: An auction tax is one of the proposed methods for allocating permits to California businesses and public agencies which are subject to the AB 32 cap and trade program under preparation by the California Air Resources Board. AB

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New Jersey governor offers Californians hope 0

By Steven Greenhut TAMPA – Californians typically embrace the notion that their state is so special that the normal rules here don’t necessarily apply. With population centers far from other states, and a climate and geographic variety unmatched throughout the

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Gov. Brown, Democrats push lumber tax 24

Aug. 28, 2012 By Dave Roberts When is a tax not a tax? When it’s called a fee by Gov. Jerry Brown and fellow Democrats. But the $30 million that has been proposed to be sucked out of Californians’ wallets

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