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LAO: Brown Numbers Don’t Compute

JAN. 12, 2012 By JOHN SEILER Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal contains more smoke than a forest fire. More mirrors than a funhouse. And more empty promises than a presidential candidate’s platform. So much for his solemn pledge, in his

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Why Not Use Last Year’s Budget?

John Seiler: Is California sliding into the Pacific Ocean? Are there riots in the streets? Are Californians starving to death? None of the above. Then the solution to the state budget problem is simple: Just rinse and repeat the fiscal

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California Faces Decisive 2012

BY JOHN SEILER JAN. 4, 2012 It’s fun to gloat about our great weather when calling freezing relatives Back East on New Year’s Day. And some good things are keeping the sun shining this year. Silicon Valley’s global technology dominance

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School Funding Reform Skewered by CTA

JULY 11, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI In California, all good ideas for school reform seem to end up in the corner wearing a dunce cap. Back on May 3, I reported on promising development in state Assembly Bill 18, a proposal by Assemblywoman Julia

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LAO Rings Death Knell for High-Speed Rail

APRIL 11, 2011 By JOHN SEILER The high-speed choo-choo is dead. A new report by the Legislative Analyst effectively drives a silver railroad spike through its heart. In 2008, voters passed Proposition 1A, the grandiloquently named Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train

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LAO Blows Up Bullet Train

MAY 11, 2011 There’s something truly exhausting — no, dispiriting — about reading the latest state Legislative Analysts Office (LAO) report on California’s immense high-speed rail undertaking. Released at noon on May 10, the document runs just 28 pages but

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