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City Privatization Sabotaged? 3

Katy Grimes: When employees who mow grass for the city of Sacramento are paid $60,000 annually, medical benefits and a nice pension, you know that the inmates are running the asylum. Unskilled labor jobs, which in the real world are

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Brown Vetoes Budget!

Katy Grimes: In a youtube video this morning, Gov. Jerry Brown said he had vetoed the two budget bills, which were passed only yesterday by the Democrat-controlled Legislature using a majority vote, because he said the cuts made did not

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Bridge Tax Fails; Local Tax Passes 0

JUNE 13, 2011 By KATY GRIMES In the California Senate Friday, after a week of budget talks and hearings, the “bridge” tax extensions failed — for now. If passed, the tax extensions theoretically would balance the state budget until voters

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Dems, GOP Butt Heads on Budget, Taxes 0

JUNE 9, 2011 By KATY GRIMES Budget showdown time. Rumors have been swarming through the Capitol this week over budget issues. Talk of which legislators might agree to a budget seems to be a moot point, as most budget trailer

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$3.9 Million Pension Demands Sunshine 0

JUNE 9, 2011 By K. Lloyd Billingsley Pension payments such as the $3.9 million in supplemental funds to Samuel Downing, retired chief executive of the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, have touched off outrage among California legislators, editorial writers, and

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Sacramento Is What's Wrong 0

Katy Grimes: When analyzing the issues of the cities and counties in this state, the city of Sacramento stands out as a textbook example of what not to do, and what’s wrong with local government. Our current city council is

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Gov. Brown's Budget Showdown 0

Katy Grimes: Yesterday’s May Budget Revise with Gov. Jerry Brown started off as a”No surprises” press conference. However, while the swords are still drawn in the political party duel over spending, revenue and tax increases, I am wondering if anyone

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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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Teacher Protestors Close Rotunda 0

Katy Grimes: In an obvious effort to one-up the February Wisconsin state house union protestors, a large, gnarly looking group of teachers union activists caused such a commotion at the state Capitol today, that the rotunda area was closed to

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