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San Jose Mercury Editorial Ignores Reality, Caters To Extremists

San Jose Mercury Editorial Ignores Reality, Caters To Extremists

By More Water Now Perhaps to atone for an article they’d published a few days earlier, which offered a balanced report on our effort to qualify a ballot measure to fund and fast track construction of water supply infrastructure in California, the San Jose Mercury on November 19 published a blistering editorial that condemned the initiative. But the editorial was filled […]

Community Raises $50,000 for Special-Ed Teacher Who Lost House in California Wildfire

Community Raises $50,000 for Special-Ed Teacher Who Lost House in California Wildfire

BY ROBERT JAY WATSON A Central California special education teacher who first lost his fiancé to an aneurysm and then his house to wildfire has become the focus of a major community fundraising effort. Fifty-six-year-old Nelson Southward has worked at Los Arboles Elementary School in San José for 23 years and is loved by students and teachers alike. […]

Auditor: State’s 12 largest cities all at financial risk

Auditor: State’s 12 largest cities all at financial risk

    By Chris Reed According to a new website run by California State Auditor Elaine Howle and her staff, the dozen most populated cities in California all have significant fiscal problems and will be forced into major adjustments in coming years. Eleven of the cities – Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, […]

Pension Reform – The San Jose Model

Pension Reform – The San Jose Model

. by Ed Ring . Pension reform in San Jose began in June 2012 when voters, by a margin of 69% to 31%, approved Measure B. Despite overwhelming support from voters, however, this vote triggered a cascade of union funded lawsuits which by 2015 had overturned several of the key provisions of the reform measure. Finally, […]

City of San Jose’s Capitulation to Public Safety Unions is Complete

City of San Jose’s Capitulation to Public Safety Unions is Complete

If someone told you that they were going to invest their money, but if that money didn’t earn enough interest, they were going to take your money to make up the difference, would you think that was fair? When it comes to pensions for local government workers, that’s what’s happening all over California. San Jose’s […]

Smarter Electric Grids More Vulnerable to Hackers

Smarter Electric Grids More Vulnerable to Hackers

  The U.S. electric grid is constantly under attack despite attempts by utilities to boost physical security and cyber defenses *Article courtesy Israel Homeland Security Regulators have increasingly focused on physical security of the grid since last year’s attack on a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. substation in California Energy Commission, where unknown attackers cut […]