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California Teacher’s Association (CTA) expects to lose landmark Supreme Court case

California Teacher’s Association (CTA) expects to lose landmark Supreme Court case

. The most recent State Worker column by Jon Ortiz in the Sacramento Bee said 2016 was “perhaps the most significant year for government workers in decades” because of the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case, which the U.S. Supreme Court takes up at a hearing on Monday. What is its significance? “[Justices will] hear […]

Brown debuts 2016-17 budget

Brown debuts 2016-17 budget

By James Poulos More permanent state spending would be devastating to California, Gov. Jerry Brown announced — at least in the midst of another recession. Unveiling his budget for the new fiscal year, Brown flourished a chart bearing that warning, although the proposal racks up the largest outlays of his tenure in office. “The general fund amount […]

Education debt debate heats up

Education debt debate heats up

By James Poulos . With the start of a new year, a fresh array of political, economic and legal developments promise to sharpen California’s ongoing debate over the costs and consequences of its current education system. The California State Teachers’ Retirement System, one of the world’s largest pension funds, has found itself in the spotlight. Recently, state […]

Potential L.A. NFL teams still in limbo

Potential L.A. NFL teams still in limbo

By James Poulos . The NFL’s ungainly effort to determine the fate of three potential Los Angeles teams will drag on into 2016. A mid-January meeting in Houston will give owners their next opportunity to opt for or against the competing relocation plans, which would shift the St. Louis Rams to Inglewood in the first instance and […]

Sinking California land to cost billions

Sinking California land to cost billions

. California’s struggling infrastructure faced the daunting prospect of too little water underground and too much falling from the sky. “Four years of drought and heavy reliance on pumping of groundwater have made the land sink faster than ever up and down the Central Valley, requiring repairs to infrastructure that experts say are costing billions of […]

New CA laws for 2016

New CA laws for 2016

New California statutes just keep coming at around a thousand annually. Some make sense, but some seem ridiculous,  unwise and increasingly authoritarian.  Have a look: 20 California laws that go into effect in 2016 California’s new laws for 2016: See how you are affected … California 2016 New Laws: Hundreds Set to Take Effect on … […]

Drug prices latest CA ballot battle

Drug prices latest CA ballot battle

CA high court rejects bid to expand CEQA’s scope

CA high court rejects bid to expand CEQA’s scope

By Chris Reed . The California Supreme Court has rejected a bold bid by San Francisco regulators to sharply increase the scope of the California Environmental Quality Act, the landmark 1970 law that has helped shape the Golden State’s housing patterns and economy for decades. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District argued that it’s not […]

New law lets cops confiscate guns without notice

New law lets cops confiscate guns without notice

Under a new law effective New Year’s Day, California cops can now seize guns from law-abiding Americans without charges and without giving any notice. And police can keep those firearms for 21 days under the law known as AB 1014. If family members believe a gun-owning individual is a danger to themselves or someone else, […]

Treasurer John Chiang is exploring possible program expansion of Green Bonds

Treasurer John Chiang is exploring possible program expansion of Green Bonds

State Treasurer John Chiang on Monday released an initial report on the state’s spending of nearly $300 million in proceeds for environmental purposes, financed by a first-ever sale of “green bonds.” The 2014 general obligation bonds, tax-exempt securities backed by the full faith and credit of the state of California, completely or partially pay for […]