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State touts 'green' progress 1

March 29, 2010 By KATY GRIMES In 2005 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered all state buildings to be 20 percent more energy efficient by 2015 and “encouraged” the private sector to do the same.  And now, the Department of General Services (DGS)

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Eastin defends nutrition boondoggle 1

March 26, 2010 By K. LLOYD BILLINGSLEY The current issue of The Atlantic features a letter from Delaine Eastin, former California Superintendent of Public Instruction. Her letter does not include any episodes from her tenure in that post, every bit

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Hearing details massive state waste 2

March 25, 2010 By KATY GRIMES Sometimes the most informative legislative hearings are the informational hearings. No vote is taken, there is an abundance of tough talk by legislators, mea maxima culps uttered by egregious state agency heads, and everyone

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Reform group wants higher taxes 11

March 24, 2010 By KATY GRIMES At a hearing Tuesday in the Improving the State Committee, the new “bipartisan” group, California Forward, made another heartfelt appeal to legislators for support of what is supposed to be something everyone can believe

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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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