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Long Goodbye to the Middle Class 0

MAY 12, 2011 The middle class of California is deteriorating right before our eyes. And at the current pace of destruction imposed by the state’s lawmakers, it won’t be long before the gap widens between the ruling government class and

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Education Reform Dies At Capitol 0

MAY 12, 2011 By KATY GRIMES As teachers union activists descended upon the Capitol this week, it was clear that education reform was not foremost on the agenda. Instead, the priority was preserving union jobs. Wednesday, as hundreds of teachers observed

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Bill Would Neuter Grand Juries 0

MAY 11, 2011 By KATY GRIMES Grand Juries play a vital role in the California judicial system. They expose and prosecute government corruption, waste and abuses of power by elected officials, boards and commissions. But that could change if freshman

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CTA Activists At Capitol This Week 0

Katy Grimes: In preparation for the governor’s May budget revise this week, California teacher-activists will be descending on the Capitol all week, attempting to lather up California’s state house, rivaling the Wisconsin protests. The weeklong protest is designed to put

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CA Bond Payments Crowd Other Spending 0

MAY 5, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI A recent Internet headline read: “California bond sold for 9 percent – NOT a Typo!” The inference was that this could be the harbinger of much prophesized skyrocketing bond interest rates and municipal bond

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City v. City With Local Tax Increases 0

Katy Grimes: Threatening cuts of more than 20,000 teachers, $5 billion in cuts to schools, cuts in protection by police and sheriff, and the elimination of parole services, Sacramento Sen. Darrell Steinberg successfully passed a local taxation bill out of a

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Can Business Recovery Be Legislated? 8

Katy Grimes: It’s so exciting that fast food giant Carl’s Jr. plans on opening 300 new fast food restaurants! Wow. That’s such good news for the economy. Unfortunately for California, the restaurants will be opening in Texas. Carl’s Jr. CEO Andy Pudzner

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Rail Authority "Ineffective" 0

Katy Grimes: When a lawmaker admits that an agency created from a bond measure that he supported and help get passed has grown ineffective and needs a serious makeover, it is evident that there is a problem. Democratic Sen. Alan Lowenthal

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Calif. Descends Into Class Warfare 0

APRIL 27, 2011 With the sharp political divide found in just about every issue today, class warfare has taken an interesting turn. Issues including education, food choices, housing, health care and even pet care no longer are just defined as

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High-Speed Rail Crashes Into Legislature 0

APRIL 27, 2011 By KATY GRIMES The costs and the legislation for the California High-Speed Rail Authority keep speeding toward a train wreck. When the voters of California approved Proposition 1A in November 2008, they authorized $9.95 billion in general

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