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AB 1978 would boost Goodwill’s bin bullying 8

Sept. 10, 2012 By John Hrabe Goodwill is synonymous with used-clothing donations. The national syndicate of secondhand retail stores is by far the biggest player in the clothing donation business. However, it’s losing market share to smaller nonprofits, churches and

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Stockton police chief rips off $204K pension 0

Aug. 6, 2012 By John Seiler Highway robbery was supposed to be illegal in California. But after just eight months on the job, Stockton Police Chief Tom Morris grabbed a $204,000 pension. No wonder state pension funds now require hefty

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CA chickens coming home to roost 0

July 23, 2012 Katy Grimes: A fourth California city is on the verge of bankruptcy. What a surprise. Yawn. The news that Compton is about to file for federal bankruptcy protection is not surprising. But news that Santa Monica may also

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San Berdoo declares bankruptcy 0

July 11, 2012 By John Seiler San Bernardino — San Berdoo to old-time Californios — just declared bankruptcy. The reason, reported the Sun: “In an earlier report to the council, [Acting City Manager] Travis-Miller said the city has faced declining

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Bankruptcy bill stuck in Assembly 5

May 30, 2012 By Katy Grimes Californians can heave a sigh of relief for the moment; the Assembly did not pass the latest bill preventing cities and municipalities from filing for bankruptcy. But don’t think that this bill is dead

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Are Hispanics moving up or down the social scale? 40

Commentary April 24, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi The ongoing economic malaise of the past half decade has slammed most social and economic groups in California. How are Hispanics doing here, especially in light of the bursting of the Housing Bubble? For

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Tax hike could just go to pensions 17

April 4, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi Looks like California won’t need a tax hike after all—except to fund pensions. Economist Jeff Michael is the director of the University of the Pacific’s Business Forecast Center in Stockton. He tentatively indicates that

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Will Stockton Trigger Bankruptcy Run? 88

MARCH 2, 2012 By WAYNE LUSVARDI Stockton … Hercules … Lincoln … Milpitas.  The list of cities has grown to four in the span of one week.  These are all cities in California recently threatened with budgetary insolvency — where

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Municipal Bankruptcy Stalks Stockton 11

FEB. 27, 2012 By WAYNE LUSVARDI Stockton, California’s 13th largest city, may be moving from “Fat City” to “Mudville.” Both were former historical names for Stockton.  “BK” is shorthand for bankruptcy. On Feb. 23, Stockton City Manager Robert Deis asked

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