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State bureaucrats get surprise smack down at hearing 4

March 7, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO — It has never been more apparent that unelected state bureaucrats are also unaccountable to the Legislature. I attend legislative committee hearings every week, and despite the questions from lawmakers, the bureaucrats obfuscate,

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Time to privatize CA parks 8

Feb. 15, 2013 By John Seiler Last year Californians discovered their state parks were mismanaged. While shutting parks supposedly because of a lack of money, it turned out they had a $54 million surplus squirreled away. Given the billions of

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The next Parks dept. cover up 5

Jan. 25, 2013 By Katy Grimes The crime is one thing — the cover up makes it worse. But in the case of the state Parks and Recreation agency, it could be that the lack of prosecution of the crime

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CA tax increases fund unaccountable spending machine 4

Nov. 20, 2012 By Mark Landsbaum On Nov. 6, Californians voted to raise taxes, but weren’t told the whole story. They repeatedly were told their state government was frugal to the point of pain, yet still in dire need of

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‘Hiding information a recurring theme’ for state 4

Aug. 17, 2012 By Katy Grimes The recent blockbuster news that the California Department of Parks and Recreation has squirreled away $54 million in special funds over the last 12 years has caused the California Legislature to jump on board

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How to save state parks from closure 0

May 11, 2012 By Joseph Perkins A pair of Northern California lawmakers unveiled a proposal this week to avert the scheduled July 1 closure of 70 state’s 278 parks, casualties of last year’s budget-cutting by the Legislature. “The notion of

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