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Vaccination rate jumps in California after tougher inoculation law

Vaccination rate jumps in California after tougher inoculation law

LOS ANGELES — The vaccination rate for California’s kindergartners jumped this fall from the previous year, with the percentage of students with all required vaccinations rising to 96 percent from 93 percent. It was the highest vaccination rate among kindergartners since 2001, the California Department of Public Health said. The increase comes after Gov. Jerry […]

Silicon Valley faces slowdown

Silicon Valley faces slowdown

By James Poulos Market watchers have keyed in to a series of statistics suggesting breakneck growth in Silicon Valley has begun to slow down. “Tech companies in San Francisco and San Mateo counties lost 700 jobs from January to February and tech employment has dropped by 3,200 jobs since hitting a peak last August,” the […]

Board of Equalization faces heavy criticism for mismanaged funds

Board of Equalization faces heavy criticism for mismanaged funds

By James Poulos Created to make California’s tax system work better, the Board of Equalization has found itself under a cloud of radical criticism, plunging it into a moment of extraordinary crisis.  “At a chaotic budget hearing for an agency that collects a third of California’s taxes, two lawmakers said late Wednesday they don’t believe […]

Fresno State Launches Investigation Into ‘Trump Must Hang’ Professor

Fresno State Launches Investigation Into ‘Trump Must Hang’ Professor

The president of California State University, Fresno has launched an investigation into the professor who tweeted that “Trump must hang” and that Republicans should be executed for each immigrant deported. “While Fresno State is committed to state and federal constitutional rights of free speech, the content of statements by Dr. [Lars] Maischak warrants further review […]

Boy, 8, and teacher killed in California school shooting; gunman kills himself

Boy, 8, and teacher killed in California school shooting; gunman kills himself

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A teacher and an 8-year-old boy were shot and killed Monday morning at an elementary school in San Bernardino after the teacher’s husband opened fire inside a special needs classroom before turning the gun on himself, police said. Cedric Anderson, 53, of Riverside, entered a classroom at North Park Elementary School […]

CA Controller Reports State Revenues Top March Projections 

CA Controller Reports State Revenues Top March Projections 

California revenues of $7.63 billion for March beat projections in the governor’s proposed 2017‑18 budget by $1.73 billion, or 29.2 percent, State Controller Betty T. Yee reported today.  March revenues were just $56.5 million above estimates in the 2016-17 Budget Act signed last summer.   For the first nine months of the 2016-17 fiscal year that […]

Brown gets new gas tax through

Brown gets new gas tax through

By James Poulos At the end of a tumultuous road, a wheeling and dealing Gov. Jerry Brown secured passage of a high-stakes new gas tax raising over $50 billion in ten years. “The California Legislature passed Senate Bill 1 on Thursday night, raising gas taxes and vehicle fees in hopes of generating tens of billions of […]

PLF files appeal in challenge to Plumas National Forest road closures

PLF files appeal in challenge to Plumas National Forest road closures

Pacific Legal Foundation today appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in its challenge to vast restrictions that have been imposed on recreational access to Northern California’s Plumas National Forest. PLF represents Butte County and Plumas County, along with associations and individuals committed to public access for responsible recreational use.  Appellants include a […]

In a squeaker vote, the California Assembly approves a $52-billion transportation package

In a squeaker vote, the California Assembly approves a $52-billion transportation package

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—After a nail-biter vote in the Assembly, the $52-billion transportation package cleared the California Legislature late Thursday night and now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature. “Members, it’s been a long, crumbling road to get where we are today,” said Assemblyman Jim Frazier, a Democrat who helped craft the legislation. Frazier cast […]

FINALLY! California Declares End to Drought State of Emergency

FINALLY! California Declares End to Drought State of Emergency

FINALLY! California Ends Drought State of Emergency (Image via Twitter) After more than five years of drought in California, The Golden State on Friday lifted its drought emergency. While the drought state of emergency has ended, certain restrictions on water use will remain. “This drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be around […]