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State officials report expensive gifts and luxury trips

State officials report expensive gifts and luxury trips

by John Hrabe . State lawmakers and constitutional officers accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in international travel, order fine wines, advice rounds of golf and expensive meals in 2014, see according to annual financial disclosure reports filed this week with state ethics officials. Among the top gift recipients from last year was Senate President Pro […]

Whether Politicians Like It or Not Gasoline Is California’s Life Blood

Whether Politicians Like It or Not Gasoline Is California’s Life Blood

By Jon Coupal The Field Poll reports that for the first time in seven years more California voters believe the state is moving in the right direction (50%) than feel it is on the wrong track (41%). Those living in coastal California are much more likely to have a positive outlook on our state’s future […]

CA could tap new water regulations

CA could tap new water regulations

by James Poulos Struggling to get ahead of California’s continuing drought, story officials in Sacramento have turned their attention to proposals that would crack down on water use. The latest option focused on the hospitality industry, where customers could be required to opt in for free drinking water, fresh linens and similar resource-intensive items. Republished with permission […]

California tests 4-year community college plan

California tests 4-year community college plan

Sacramento FORCES Elderly/Sick Into Confusing Health Care Program With Little Service

Sacramento FORCES Elderly/Sick Into Confusing Health Care Program With Little Service

How you do make sure the sick and elderly die quickly? You force them into a confusing health care program they did not ask for. Then you tell them they can opt-out—but for these folks, very difficult. Then you make sure they can not have the person of their choice to help make medical decisions—hence […]

Referendum threat ties CA bag ban in knots

Referendum threat ties CA bag ban in knots

Thousand Oaks: Jacqui Irwin says goodbye to seat she held for a decade

Thousand Oaks: Jacqui Irwin says goodbye to seat she held for a decade

By Kelsey Stuart “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in others,” said Lou Lichtl Thousand Oaks High School Principal as he commemorated Councilmember Jacqui Irwin’s service to the community. Over 20 members of the community came to congratulate and thank Irwin for her decade of service to the city on her […]

Padilla’s Plastic Ban Ban Fails; May Face Re-Vote

Padilla’s Plastic Ban Ban Fails; May Face Re-Vote

by Jon Fleischman “Time is running out for our planet,” exclaimed Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) in the midst of a lengthy debate in the State Assembly over the proposed statewide ban on plastic grocery store bags, Senate Bill 270. The controversial legislation, authored by State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), has been one of the highest […]

Spending like drunken sailors in Sacramento

Spending like drunken sailors in Sacramento

Share The Wealth Or Get Out Of Town

Share The Wealth Or Get Out Of Town

With the first GNP growth clocking in at a whopping 0.1%, check the jury’s still out on the national economic recovery.  As an economist by early training, I personally believe the U.S. will continue to plod along in a forward direction.  There won’t be a double-dip recession at the national level.  But that same economic […]