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Gov. Brown signs drivers license bill for undocumented immigrants

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday which gives million of undocumented immigrants the right to drive in California. AB 60 by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, will grant drivers licenses to everyone who can pass the tests required by the Department of Motor

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Bill would allow AWOL state employees to keep jobs

SACRAMENTO — Imagine you miss work for five consecutive days and don’t call your supervisor to explain why. You probably wouldn’t have a job for very long. But employment conditions in state government are very different, and about to get

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Arnold’s state building-sale scheme returns

A complex 2010 Schwarzenegger administration plan to sell 11 state-owned properties and then lease them back from the new owners was compared at the time to a short-term money raising gimmick. The state of California had the 11 properties up for

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BART pay, benefits so lavish that workers deserve 0% raise 29

July 3, 2013 By Chris Reed We’ve been talking seriously in California since the middle of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s second term as governor about the need to rein in insanely costly public employee benefits, and not just pensions. This has led

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Parents fighting for kids; SEIU fighting for more money 16

June 5, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO — A modest rally at the Capitol this morning supporting a state audit of Child Protective Services competed with a humongous rally held by the SEIU. On the South steps of the Capitol,

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Collective bargaining behind the scenes 13

May 15, 2013 By Katy Grimes Government employees’ salaries and benefits, and in particular, pensions, are financially unsustainable in California. It is clear that collective bargaining reform is needed. But in a state run by politicians elected largely with the

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A cruel month for public employee unions 11

June 22, 2012 By Joseph Perkins California public employee unions were already having a bad June, what with passage of public pension-reform ballot measures by voters in both San Diego and San Jose over the opposition of union bosses. But

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Legislating ‘justice for janitors’ 0

June 7, 2012 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO — California legislators are routinely approached by special interest groups to carry legislation—this is not news. The news is what that legislation is, and who it benefits. An Assembly Concurrent Resolution was in

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Students Protest Ed Entitlement Cuts 26

MAR. 5, 2012 By KATY GRIMES Middle-aged, greying 1960s radicals, pimply faced kids, teachers, throngs of SEIU members, angry Occupy protestors, and union members of all kinds descended upon the state Capitol Monday. They demanded, “Wall Street and the wealthy

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Reading, Writing, and A Reuben 14

Katy Grimes: Reading, Writing and a Reuben sandwich is now part of the California public school curriculum, because dinner is served. Better than your own butler or personal chef, public school kids are getting three squares a day at school, but

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