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Dishonest statement of the day 0

Steven Greenhut: Not surprisingly, that “dishonest statement of the day” is from a public employee union! The Los Angeles Airport Peace Association — the union that represents those surly security guards who give you traffic tickets when you’re trying to

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Unions use malleable Sidhu to flex power 13

MAY 28, 2010 By Steven Greenhut: Orange County Republican Party Chairman Scott Baugh issued in January what OCers are calling the “Baugh manifesto”: a warning to local candidates who are seeking the party’s influential support that they must first reject

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David Crane, rock star 17

Those of us interested in pension reform don’t have many rock star personalities in our midst, but Schwarzenegger adviser David Crane fits the bill after his fabulous testimony Monday on SB919, Dennis Hollingsworth’s pension-reform bill that was considered (and a

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CalPERS worse than Goldman Sachs 0

The hearing on the SB919 pension-reform bill is ending without a vote, because the committee lost its quorum, but it seems unlikely this is going to pass after hearing comments by committee Democrats. But Gov. Schwarzenegger’s pension adviser David Crane’s

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A rude, deluded union crowd 0

I spent a couple hours in the PERS committee listening to testimony over Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth’s SB 919 pension-reform bill and was stunned by the rudeness of the mostly union crowd as bill supporters spoke out. They laughed and chatted

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NFIB Holds Capitol Conference 0

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) held the second annual Day At The Capitol event today. What might sound like a snoozer to many, of particular note on the speaking agenda were Assembly members Felipe Fuentes, D-Sylmar and Alyson

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Mish on Stanford pension study

Editor’s Note: Mike “Mish” Shedlock of the popular Global Economic Trend Analysis blog will contribute pieces to CalWatchdog. Here is his take on the Stanford pension liability study that puts the California ununded pension liability at nearly a half-trillion dollars.

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Don't Dis The Public Safety Unions 44

I heard a very disturbing story today on a Sacramento radio news program, leaving me to wonder what happened to the “Protect and Serve” oath for public safety workers. Firefighting and policing are voluntary careers — no one forces anyone

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Little Hoover's pension hearing 0

Here’s a notice for a public pension hearing by the Little Hoover Commission: On Thursday, April 22, 2010, the Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing on California public pension systems. The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. in

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Bizarre workers comp scam alleged 0

It’s common for law-enforcement officials to spike their pensions by claiming disabilities toward the end of their career. The Sacramento Bee reported on what is known as Chief’s Disease — at one point 82 percent of high-ranking California Highway Patrol

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