Stockton bankruptcy judge’s pedigree, history offer hope 11

March 27, 2013 By Chris Reed The stakes are immense in the four-day trial in Sacramento’s federal bankruptcy court this week. The New York Times frames the issue well: “Wall Street is taking America’s biggest pension fund to court this

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Class warfare hits CA K-12 education 6

March 27, 2013 By Joseph Perkins “Class warfare applied to schools.” That’s how pollster Dave Kanevsky describes the plan by Gov. Jerry Brown to change the way public school funding is allocated to divert money from the state’s middle-class and

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Lily-white enviro groups: Snail darters > minorities 8

March 26, 2013 By Chris Reed So the Washington Post has a 1,500-word-plus analysis of why leaders and members of environmental groups — starting with the biggest of all, the San Francisco-based Sierra Club — are “more like that of the

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CA voter rolls: Reps take bigger hit than Dems 7

March 26, 2013 By John Seiler Californians still are shunning political parties more than in the past. But Republicans are losing registered voters faster than Democrats. According to the new report by Secretary of State Debra Bowen: “The percentage of

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CA is voting itself right out of income and jobs 10

March 26, 2013 By Katy Grimes Voter registration is down in California. The Secretary of State just published a report showing voters registered with a political party decreased from 78.9 percent to 77.1 percent since this time in 2010. In

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LAO: CalSTRS massively underfunded 36

March 26, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO — The state’s Legislative Analyst released another stinging report last week showing the California State Teachers’ Retirement System suffers $73 billion of unfunded pension debt. But CalSTRS is using doubtful figures to minimize the

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Alameda County ‘secretary’ will retire wealthy 22

March 26, 2013 By Katy Grimes Is anyone still buying the idea that government workers are “public servants,” and so valuable they must be paid so much more than their counterparts in the private sector? Or are some just better

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So, why do we need Republicans? 2

March 26, 2013 By John Seiler Republicans now are searching for a new path for their party. They’re realizing they can’t win with their current policies. They’re trying to be a new, “hip,” “with it,” pro-middle class party. So here’s

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CA now suffers nation’s worst unemployment 16

March 25, 2013 By John Seiler Probably for the first time since it became a state in 1850, California now suffers the nation’s worst unemployment rate, at 9.8 percent in January. It’s tied with Rhode Island for that number, although

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McClintock, Zetland wage CA water war 4

March 25, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi In California, water wars are fought not merely over water but over water ideology that justifies the creation of commercial or public sector jobs that flow from the water. The latest water war involves

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