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Legal pot plan faces strong opposition 0

March 22, 2010 By DAVE ROBERTS Arnold Schwarzenegger takes a long puff on a joint, throws his head back and smiles as he slowly exhales. The scene is from “Pumping Iron,” the documentary on the 1975 Mr. Olympia contest, which

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Homeschools Get Out of Detention 0

Mar. 19, 2010 By JOHN SEILER In California, 2010 is the year homeschools got out of detention, to use education parlance. In the previous decade, twice it looked like they might be expelled. In 2002, then-Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine

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Failed convention post-mortem 1

March 18, 2010 By ELISE VIEBECK Repair California, the campaign to overhaul the state’s constitution through a constitutional convention, reports that interest remains high in its governmental reform ideas since it suspended its efforts a month ago. Critics maintain that

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DOJ to state agencies: pay up 0

March 17, 2010 By KATY GRIMES The California Department of Justice wants to be compensated by California’s state agencies for legal services. Last year, the DOJ lost $30 million of its budget and had to cut 130 attorneys from its staff. As a way

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Ed funding gets contentious 0

March 17, 2010 By KATY GRIMES Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposal for education funding did not sit well with the Assembly education subcommittee. Coming from two vastly different ideological arenas, committee members appeared more open to spending, instead of budget cutting. Analyzing

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GOP convention fur flies 0

March 13, 2010 By BRIAN CALLE The fur is flying at the Santa Clara Hyatt for the California Republican Party’s 2010 Spring Convention, almost literally. It has been an eventful couple of days so far at the CRP with new

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21% of small businesses on brink 6

March 12, 2010 By ELISE VIEBECK A report released last week showed that 21 percent of California small businesses believe they will fold in the next three years. The annual survey, conducted by advocacy group Small Business California, revealed low

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Who’s running the Delta Stewardship Council?

By KATY GRIMES With the five major component bills of the 2009 water package representing a massive undertaking for the State of California, it appears that the Delta Stewardship Council — which will oversee the whole deal — has become operational

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Voyeurism bill shut down 0

March 9, 2010 By KATY GRIMES Fulfilling a request by the Riverside County District Attorney, Assembly member Kevin Jeffries, R-Lake Elsinore, introduced legislation last month requiring any person convicted of inappropriate sexual filming offenses to register as a sex offender.

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California’s jobs crash worsens 0

March 9, 2010 By JOHN SEILER In some of the articles I’ve written for CalWatchdog, I’ve devised new ways of looking at policies and their consequences, such as my “California Jobs Gap” calculation here and here. It showed that California’s

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