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CA Controller Publishes 2016 Salary Data for State Government, CSU, and Superior Courts

CA Controller Publishes 2016 Salary Data for State Government, CSU, and Superior Courts

Which positions received the highest salaries at state government agencies, California State Universities (CSU), and county courts last year? The answers are on State Controller Betty T. Yee’s Government Compensation in California website, updated today with 2016 self-reported salary data for more than 385,000 positions and $21 billion in wages.  Users of the site can: […]

California Teen Arrested After Posting Video Of Crash On Instagram

California Teen Arrested After Posting Video Of Crash On Instagram

An 18-year-old woman named Obdulia Sanchez from Stockton, California, was arrested after being accused of driving under the influence (DUI) during a deadly crash Friday, which killed her 14-year-old sister and severely injured another teenager, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials said Sunday. Sanchez was also alleged to have livestreamed the video of the crash on […]

A California man says he’s suing because his $5 million lottery prize hasn’t been paid out for this reason

A California man says he’s suing because his $5 million lottery prize hasn’t been paid out for this reason

LONG BEACH, Calif. — A man is suing the California Lottery Commission, claiming officials refused to pay a $5 million prize because his underage son purchased the ticket. RELATED: A woman’s lottery lesson to her husband didn’t exactly go as planned when she won a major jackpot Watch the video Ward Thomas sent his 16-year-old […]

Class Action Lawsuit Against ‘Fire Tax’ Continues Despite Repeal

Class Action Lawsuit Against ‘Fire Tax’ Continues Despite Repeal

by ASSEMBLYMAN TIM DONNELLY A lawsuit against California’s controversial “fire prevention fee” (a.k.a. “fire tax”) will continue, despite being suspended earlier this month as part of a deal Republican leaders made to pass cap-and-trade. The tax was levied on almost 800,000 rural property owners in mostly Republican districts. The plaintiffs are continuing with their lawsuit and may […]

California Dems Learn Gun Control Easy in Theory, Difficult in Reality

California Dems Learn Gun Control Easy in Theory, Difficult in Reality

By  AWR HAWKINS Since the passage of “Gunpocalypse” (June 30, 2016), and Proposition 63 (November 8, 2016), California Democrats have learned that gun control is easy to pass but difficult to implement. The problem for Democrats is that they have already passed so many gun laws that they have now begun trading the real for the […]

California wildfires force evacuations

California wildfires force evacuations

A growing wildfire in the US state of California has forced thousands of residents of the small town of Mariposa to evacuate. The Detweiler fire in the Central Valley of California began on Sunday but has now grown to more than 10,000 hectares. It is one of more than three dozen major wildfires burning across […]

Howard Jarvis Files Lawsuit over Legislature’s Unconstitutional Attempt to Shield Senator from Recall

Howard Jarvis Files Lawsuit over Legislature’s Unconstitutional Attempt to Shield Senator from Recall

Today, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) filed a lawsuit to stop the Legislature’s unconstitutional efforts to undermine the voter-led recall of State Senator Josh Newman. “The Legislature has pulled out all the stops to silence the voice of taxpayers and undermine the people’s right to a fair and democratic process,” stated HJTA President Jon […]

GOP legislators unlikely to pay price for cap-and-trade vote

GOP legislators unlikely to pay price for cap-and-trade vote

by Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO – As the California Legislature approached a late-night Monday vote to extend the state’s climate-change-fighting cap-and-trade system, the Capitol buzz focused on Jacqui Irwin of Thousand Oaks. The Democratic assemblywoman was absent because of a long-standing family commitment, thus leaving Democrats one vote shy of the supermajority they needed to approve the system’s 10-year […]

CA Legislature Makes Final Moves Against Gun Rights Before Summer Break

CA Legislature Makes Final Moves Against Gun Rights Before Summer Break

Even though the first half of the 2017-2018 session is coming to a close, the legislature still has plenty of time to mess with us.    But before we get to the legislative wasteland, we do have some GOOD NEWS to report – we have been able to stop – at least temporarily – Senator […]

Why are California women giving birth at record-low rates?

Why are California women giving birth at record-low rates?

By Ian Wheeler, iwheeler@scng.com, @iwhlr on Twitter The pace of motherhood in California is slowing and its members are aging, a shift demographers expect to continue and contribute to far-reaching and uncertain changes in the decades to come. Last year, the state reached a historic milestone: the lowest birth rate on record — 12.4 births per thousand people. […]

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