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Younger Calderon authored movie biz bills

It appears state Sen. Ron Calderon, under investigation by the FBI for allegedly taking bribes, isn’t the only Calderon interested in the movie business. Freshman Assemblyman Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, authored two bills in 2013, AB 344 and AB 533, involving the

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Will CA trust SF Bay Bridge re-opening?

After months of controversy over the 36 cracked bolts on the new eastern span of the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge, the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee made the decision in July to delay the Bay Bridge opening. But that decision was

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Caltrans Bay Bridge delays shun private solutions 2

May 20, 2013 By Katy Grimes The Caltrans Bay Bridge debacle is worse than just a case of embarrassment for government infrastructure projects. The bridge is unsafe, according to engineering experts across the country, after the discovery that a third

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Assembly members objecting to corruption exemption in AB 173 7

May 16, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO — A corruption exemption remains in Assembly Bill 173, by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego. But calls I made to all the members of the Accountability and Administrative Review committee, which had reviewed the bill, indicated

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Only 54% oppose bullet train? Sheesh 3

March 22, 2013 By Chris Reed When word came out Thursday night that a new PPIC poll showed the public was against the bullet train fiasco, I wasn’t surprised. But only 54 percent? Wow. Here’s John Myers’ account: “The survey

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How to overfill prisons: Have SEC look at CA school districts

March 20, 2013 By Chris Reed The federal indictments this week of CalPERS’ former president and his alleged briber show that the federal government does occasionally notice the outrageous behavior of our state government. But what about the Securities and

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Lies about green jobs: Now it’s the Los Angeles edition 2

March 1, 2013 By Chris Reed We’ve seen President Obama and Gov. Brown spread the green jobs myth, pretending that niche categories of employment can revive the larger national and state economies. Now Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti is

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FPPC releases lobbying, campaign violations report 0

Dec. 14, 2012 By Katy Grimes After big election seasons, it’s always interesting to see what the campaign and lobbying violations were. However, rarely is this information timely. It’s even more interesting that this information is not publicized prior to

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What’s good for the goose is good for fraud victims 7

Nov. 26, 2012 Katy Grimes: Former Democratic campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee is facing only an 8-year sentence, even after she was arrested on charges of mail fraud and defrauding Democratic campaigns of millions of dollars. The Sacramento Bee reported Monday that Federal prosecutors

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Media: A crisis of content?

Oct. 7, 2012 Katy Grimes: A story in the Sacramento Bee Saturday reported that Israel’s liberal press is on the ropes. But the McClatchy writer’s conclusions about why are laughable. “The economic crisis that’s hit the newspaper industry in the

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