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Ballot initiative pits water against high-speed rail

Ballot initiative pits water against high-speed rail

. What’s more important: High-speed rail or water? Proponents of a proposed ballot measure would force voters to choose just that. The measure would redirect $8 billion in unsold high-speed rail bonds and $2.7 billion from the 2014 water bond to fund new water storage projects, while restructuring the oversight of those projects and prioritizing water usage […]

Covered CA draws state and industry fire

Covered CA draws state and industry fire

By James Poulos . Struggling to prove that it has stabilized its business model, Covered California rebuffed criticism from industry leaders burned by their Obamacare experience, while a new state report called the exchange’s own practices and plans into question. Most recently, Covered California fired back at charges that it shared responsibility for hundreds of millions in losses incurred […]

CA still struggling with unfunded liabilities

CA still struggling with unfunded liabilities

. Despite a concerted effort from Gov. Jerry Brown to keep California from slipping back into the financial abyss, the state’s finances remain threatened by massive unfunded obligations. “It’s California’s debt and liabilities that are concerning financial analysts, particularly the state’s rapidly growing unfunded retiree health care costs, which grew more than 80 percent over the […]

High costs plague embattled high-speed rail

ICE raids face CA resistance – Sanctuary Schools

ICE raids face CA resistance – Sanctuary Schools

Dems jockey to succeed Brown

Dems jockey to succeed Brown

By James Poulos . The competition to replace Gov. Jerry Brown in 2018 has already heated up, with five prominent California Democrats already campaigning or angling to throw their hat in the ring. Along with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who sought to get ahead of the pack by leaping in first, and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio […]

Crunch time for Obama’s big CA Asia summit

. President Obama faced a soberminded summit with America’s Asian allies at the tail end of his latest trip to California, which will see him raise money for Democrats, make a guest appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show, and catch his breath in the Coachella Valley before buckling down with ASEAN members at the Sunnylands […]