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Local officials race to stymie Gov. Brown’s housing push

Gov. Jerry Brown appears to have made some progress in securing crucial building trade unions’ support for his push to streamline housing construction in California by dropping his objection to the requirement that construction workers be paid “prevailing” — i.e.,

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – April 29

CA Republican Party convention kicks off Donald Trump holds contentious rally in Costa Mesa President Obama disappoints Armenian-Americans TGIF! Today is the first day of the California Republican convention. While political conventions are usually a snoozefest — unless you like

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Data show hefty public-employee compensation 32

April 11, 2013 By Ed Ring “Forget about logic,” Jack advised. “My analytics instructor says that all logic is mere tautology. She says it is impossible to learn anything through logic that you did not already know.” — Robert A.

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Time to break up Los Angeles 9

March 8, 2013 By John Seiler Los Angeles obviously doesn’t work. The election of a new mayor, the first phase of which was held Tuesday, won’t help. L.A.’s schools are among the worst in the country. Driving through the city

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Cities vying for local control on Nov. ballot 6

Oct. 16, 2012 By Katy Grimes In addition to a government reform ballot initiative attempting to stop unions from using employee dues for political purposes, three cities have initiatives on the November ballot asking voters to allow a constitutional change

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Breaking public-employee pensions: The political path 86

Second in a series on public pensions. The first is here. Sept. 27, 2012 By Mark Cabaniss In taking on the California pension problem, the first step is dispelling some large, tenacious and commonly held illusions. The first illusion is

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Yes, we can break public-employee pensions 104

First on a series on public pensions. Sept. 20, 2012 By Mark Cabaniss The politicians in charge of “doing something” about the ongoing California pension debacle like to play a little game. It goes like this:  They decry the high

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Encouraging signs from Todd Spitzer 4

Steven Greenhut: Over the years, I’ve been pretty tough on Orange County Supervisor-elect Todd Spitzer because of his closeness to the public safety unions and support for retroactive pension increases that put the county in a financial bind. I was

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CFT Explains Tax-Increase Strategy 1

MAY 26, 2011 By JOHN SEILER If you listen to people in the political game, they usually tell you what they’re going to do. But you sometimes have to check out their internal communications. One of my best sources is

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