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Anti-democracy bill guts California open-government laws

July 18, 2012 By Katy Grimes Buried deep within the new state budget lies a bill so evil, so corrupt and so illegal, a state agency is now being declared an official “enemy of the people” by weary taxpayers. The

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‘Eureka!’ California stinks! 29

July 16, 2012 By Katy Grimes I write this with a heavy heart, under duress, and with a longing for what once was, in my home state… “The land of milk and honey” has curdled and soured. “The Golden State”

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Democrats kill pension reform bills

June 21, 2012 By Katy Grimes Antics today in the California Senate hit an all time low when Democrats blocked attempts to bring public pension reform bills SB 1176 and Senate Constitutional Amendment 18 to the Senate Floor for a

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State seeking to grab private pensions 25

June 21, 2012 By Katy Grimes Because California is doing such a bang-up job of managing the state employee pension systems, some lawmakers are pushing to create and manage another retirement program–for the private sector. According to Sen. Kevin de

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Tequila shots for an ‘honest budget’ 0

June 18, 2012 By Katy Grimes As Legislative leaders worked so diligently to pass the sham budget last week, their motive was obvious—they wanted to be paid. Even when they miserably fail at the only aspect of the job they

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California’s budget hell-week 0

June 14, 2012 By Katy Grimes With the big constitutional budget vote tomorrow in the Legislature, the usual budget games  have not let anyone down this year. Only this time, far fewer lawmakers have a hand in the process. And,

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California voters OK 63% of tax measures 13

June 8, 2012 By Chriss Street Local voters approved 63 percent — or 55 of the 87 — local tax, bond or fee measures on the June 5, 2012 California primary ballot, according to Michael Coleman, the creator of CaliforniaCityFinance.com.

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Pension reform or double-dip storm in San Diego and San Jose? 65

June 6, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi A pension reform ballot proposition was passed by the voters in the city of San Diego by a margin of 66.2 percent in favor to 33.8 percent opposed.. A similar pension reform measure in

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Unions trounced in Wisconsin, California 30

JUNE 5, 2012 By Steven Greenhut The AP headline declared, “Wisconsin voters divided on governor, bargaining,” but that piece reviewing exit polls stood in stark contrast to reality. Voters always are divided to some degree, but Wisconsin voters overwhelmingly rebuked the

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CA shakedown headed for a breakdown

June 4, 2012 By Katy Grimes California legislators looked as if they were working hard last week, with hundreds of bills to debate and vote on. But it wasn’t difficult to see that much of it was for show. They

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