Honeymoon between Santa Clara and 49ers now distant history

In 2010, when Santa Clara voters approved creating a city-run stadium authority to build an NFL stadium to attract the San Francisco 49ers, politicians patted themselves on the back for getting things done and luring a storied franchise 45 miles

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DMV wait times increase 50% year over year

It’s back to the bad old days of being both a punching bag and a punchline for the California Department of Motor Vehicles. In the final decades of the 20th century, the state DMV was scorned for its bureaucratic sluggishness

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San Francisco leaders seem overwhelmed by homeless crisis

On June 30, 2004, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom won national headlines when he announced his “Ten Year Plan to Abolish Chronic Homelessness.” Newsom said he wanted a “dramatic shift” from reactive policies used to deal with those without shelter who

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PUC tries to put San Onofre nuclear plant scandal behind it

One of the more embarrassing scandals in the history of the California Public Utilities Commission appears to have finally concluded with a settlement on how to pay for the costs of shuttering the broken San Onofre nuclear plant – one that’s

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Is state Legislature hampering CalPERS, CalSTRS?

The California Public Employees Retirement System and the California State Teachers Retirement System recently announced that they had exceeded their investment goals by at least 1 percentage point in fiscal 2017-18, with CalPERS citing annual gains of 8.6 percent and

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Despite revenue incentive, most cities not embracing legal pot sales

Six-plus months into the beginning of California’s experiment with legal recreational marijuana, a review of Proposition 64’s effects shows a mixed and complicated record. Here’s a look at four broad categories: Availability of legal pot stores: Even though local governments

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Education Secretary DeVos explicitly OKs controversial state school evaluations

A nearly year-long fight between the Trump administration and the California state government over school accountability ended with an unexpected twist last week when U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (pictured) explicitly endorsed a state student progress metric that reformers

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Why UCLA could face Harvard-type backlash over Asian admissions

The firestorm over a recent New York Times story – about the low rankings that Harvard admissions officials consistently gave thousands of Asian-American applicants for personality, likability, courage, kindness and how respected they were – caught the eye of California politicians. Rep.

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New housing law’s clout on display with OK of huge Cupertino project

A huge housing/multi-use project proposed for Silicon Valley faced strong opposition. Nearby residents hated it and blocked smaller versions of the project that were on the 2016 ballot. The mayor called it out of place and sniped at outsiders who

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CA Budget: New spending dwarfed by billions set aside in reserves

When the annual California budget debate began in earnest with Gov. Jerry Brown’s release of a proposed 2018-19 fiscal plan in January, progressives were ready to go with a long list of new spending proposals. Many hoped to both expand

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