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CA unions brace for SCOTUS hearing on dues

Faced with the greatest legal challenge to their core source of revenue, California unions have braced for defeat and scrambled for alternatives. Some time after its new term begins this month, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Friedrichs v.

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Pension reform initiative reworked

The leaders of California’s pension reform movement have scrapped their previous effort, introducing two new schemes instead. The news added a fresh twist to the state’s long-running game of political cat and mouse, which has seen state officials labor to cast would-be reforms

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Awful failure of CA inspectors points to public-private competence gap

A nightmarish story out of the Bay Area offers fresh evidence of the enormous gap in competence between the private and public sectors. This is from the San Francisco Chronicle: “The owner of the Castro Valley care home where residents

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Leftists seek SEC regulation of corporate speech

This is the second in a two-part series on the battle over corporate political speech. Part one can be read here. “We see political spending as distorting markets in policy making and creating a skewed playing field,” said Bruce Freed,

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$70K pay for janitors + rate hike should = revolt 9

June 6, 2013 By Chris Reed Last year, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power imposed an 11 percent rate hike — which it called a “rate change” — on its power customers, while water customers saw rates go

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Oblivious journos still ignore public employee step raises 11

June 5, 2013 By Chris Reed One of the worst failings of journalists who cover California government is their failure when writing about budgets to always mention the automatic “step” raises that many public employees get each year, including most

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San Diego mayor resumes public-employee enrichment schemes 8

March 14, 2013 By Chris Reed Well, that didn’t take long. Bob Filner — a paleoliberal former Democratic congressman who was elected mayor of San Diego in November — is embracing the same sort of ridiculously generous public-employee compensation policies

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Some public employees are more equal than others 5

Jan. 1, 2013 By Chris Reed Happy New Year’s, everybody. I am sure that 2013 is the year that California turns the corner. OK, maybe not. But I am confident there will be 12 months this year, the Mayan crisis

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Wolf for Thanksgiving dinner — a Fairy Tale 22

Nov. 22, 2012 By Mark Cabaniss Democracy, it has been said, is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. Yes, the sheep gets to vote.  And yes, in theory he could appeal to one of

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CA High Public Employee Pay 0

Katy Grimes: It’s official – California has the largest number of public sector employees making more than $150,000 per year. The Sunshine Review, a nonprofit organization dedicated to government transparency, released its first state government salary report today, which analyzed public sector employee

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