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Castro as a model for California 0

John Seiler: Fidel Castro, the communist dictator of Cuba for more than 50 years, long has had his admirers in California. I remember when Rep. John Garamendi, when he was Insurance Commissioner, met with our editorial board at The Orange

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Arnold's seven wasted years 8

SEPT. 7, 2010 By JOHN SEILER With Labor Day marking the traditional beginning of the campaign season, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s seven years as governor of California essentially are behind us. He will still have influence on the fiscal 2010-10 state

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Worse than you think 0

John Seiler: If you’ve been reading CalWatchDog.com, you’ve seen my pieces warning that the economy might not perform up to the expectations of Gov. Arnold and the leaders in the Legislature. Back on June 21, I warned that a recession

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Admin costs crowd out teaching 5

JULY 26, 2010 By JOHN SEILER A revealing new study shows that in recent years increases in the administrative costs of California’s K-12 schools have squeezed salaries for teachers. It shines a powerful searchlight on exactly what goes on in

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Tilting at pension reform 18

Jan. 22, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO What to do about public employee pensions is the thorniest, nastiest, most difficult question facing Sacramento lawmakers today. Few issues cause such disappointment and despair. Yet one group of activists and accountants is plugging

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Budget dominates new session 1

By JOHN SEILER What a difference three years makes. In January 2007, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was fresh off his resounding election victory over Phil Angelides, basking in an aura of “postpartisan” triumphalism. The governor even proposed a universal health care

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