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Four bills could wrap charter schools in red tape

Four bills could wrap charter schools in red tape

By John Seiler . Since their introduction in California 23 years ago, pill charter schools have grown like kudzu. According to the California Charter Schools Association, the state now boasts 1,184 charter schools, teaching an estimated 547,800 students. Charters are public schools that generally work outside the statewide schools system, cutting out much of the […]

CA prisoner population down, guard pay up

CA prisoner population down, guard pay up

by John Seiler   Federal court orders forced California to cut its number of prisoners. That resulted in Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2011 “realignment” program, drugs which mainly shifted prisoners to local jails. Yet overall state prison-guard compensation is up sharply. Reported the San Diego U-T: Overtime hit a six-year high last year, allowing hundreds of prison […]

CA officials can use private email

CA officials can use private email

by John Seiler . Hillary Clinton has made headlines in recent weeks for using private email for official U.S. government business when she was secretary of state. Federal law mandates that all such business be conduced on public email systems that are archived. Republished with permission by Cal Watchdog.com .The latest: “WASHINGTON (AP) — The […]

Supreme Court could throw redistricting back to Legislature

Supreme Court could throw redistricting back to Legislature

by John Seiler , there California’s redistricting reforms could be revoked by the U.S. Supreme Court for congressional races in a case involving similar reforms in Arizona. State legislative races would not be affected, only races for the U.S. House of Representatives. Republished with permission by Cal Watchdog.com Proposition 11, the 2008 initiative voters passed, […]

Solar power causing problems with electricity grid

Solar power causing problems with electricity grid

by John Seiler   One theme CalWatchdog.com has covered is how solar power can cause problems to the state’s existing electricity grid. An investigation a year ago found: Republished with permission by Cal Watchdog.com An emerging problem with California’s new green power grid is the need to ramp up enough conventional power each day because of two […]

A helmet law for bicyclists?

A helmet law for bicyclists?

by John Seiler , remedy No question wearing a helmet makes bicycle riding safer, sildenafil much as for motorcycles. But how much of a Nanny State do Californians want? Motorcycles go much faster, usually are in traffic and are driven by licensed adults. Republished with permission by Cal Watchdog.com Bicycles are driven by everyone, but […]

CA manufacturing rises — a little

CA manufacturing rises — a little

by John Seiler California’s hard-hit manufacturing sector is coming back, medicine although not as much as the rest of the country. The Great Recession sliced off 18.5 percent of state manufacturing jobs. Republished with permission by Cal Watchdog.com After that, salve from 2011 to 2014, “manufacturing employment has hovered around 12.5 million,” reported the Sacramento Bee. […]

Gas tax could be cut

Gas tax could be cut

by John Seiler Golden State drivers might soon enjoy a little tax relief at the pump. The Board of Equalization announced: Sacramento – The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) will consider lowering the excise tax rate for gasoline by $0.075 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015-16 during its February 24, cialis 2015 meeting in Culver […]

Auditor: State govt. still can’t compute with multi-million dollar BreEZe system

Auditor: State govt. still can’t compute with multi-million dollar BreEZe system

by John Seiler As the locus of the global high-tech boom, treat you would think some of that digital dexterity might rub off on the California state government. Nope. Republished with permission by Cal Watchdog.com A new report from state Auditor Elaine Howle is on the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ BreEZe System. It found: Consumer Affairs […]

Schools signing up families for Covered CA

Schools signing up families for Covered CA

by John Seiler Critics of anti-poverty programs long have warned about what’s called the Welfare State or “Cradle-to-Grave” government programs. The late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, prostate a liberal Democrat from New York, order worked for decades to try to avoid that. He helped craft the 1996 Welfare Reform Act with Democratic President Clinton and Republicans in […]

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