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Solar power fries ratepayers 8

Dec. 29, 2012 By Joseph Perkins Most lawmakers in Sacramento have no idea who Robert K. Merton was. But they almost certainly are familiar with terms the late great American social scientist introduced into the popular lexicon, including “unintended consequences.”

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California needs $765 billion in new roads 13

Dec. 4, 2012 By Dave Roberts California’s infrastructure — once the envy of the nation in the 1950s and 60s — has not kept up with growth and has been allowed to deteriorate. Out of $142 billion in total state

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Little Hoover: More CA city bankruptcies loom 38

Nov. 14, 2012 By Dave Roberts “Are your cities going to make it for five years?” asked Little Hoover Commission Chairman Daniel Hancock at the recent commission hearing on pension and infrastructure financing. “That’s a good question,” responded Dwight Stenbakken, deputy

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Special Series: Local Governments Face Bankruptcy Quandary 82

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a CalWatchDog.com Special Series of 12 in-depth articles on municipal bankruptcy. MARCH 16, 2012 By JOHN SEILER Bankruptcy is the boogeyman haunting governments across America. It’s not a question of if more cities

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Brown's Tax Election Stalling 0

MARCH 8, 2011 BY JOHN SEILER A couple of days ago it seemed as though Gov. Jerry Brown had the needed GOP votes to slate a Special Election for June on increasing taxes. Now it seems he doesn’t. His deadline

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'Calpetbaggers' Still Spiking Pensions 0

MARCH 2, 2011 BY WAYNE LUSVARDI Call them “Calpetbaggers.” They’re the 200 local governmental entities fingered in last week’s Little Hoover Commission’s pension report that have defiantly increased public pension benefits since 2008 — in the face of a $240 billion

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Little Hoover: Cut Current Pensions 4

John Seiler: It’s not Wisconsin — yet. But today the Little Hoover Commission released a new report on California pensions that pushed forward the serious cutting of government-worker costs on the state budget. “Public Pensions for Retirement Security” is 106

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