Government Reformers Eye November 2012

November 7, 2011 · Filed Under Ballot Measures, CA Government, Elections · 3 Comments 

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Efforts to reform California's system of government -- a system that virtually no one denies is dysfunctional -- have been percolating for the last few years, but have never actually reached the boiling point. Now, reformers hope they can finally turn up the heat in time for the November 2012 ballot.

To do so will take money, a clear and coordinated message, and a way to overcome the opposition of political forces that thrive on the status quo.
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Podcast: Money Brawl

November 4, 2011 · Filed Under Podcasts · Comments Off 

Some of the greatest political fights in California have been about taxpayer dollars -- who pays them, who spends them, who's spending too many of them. And two classic high price tag fights both made news this week.

Our Capital Notes Podcast first examines the launching of a Republican-backed initiative campaign to change the pensions of public employees. Then, Anthony York of the Los Angeles Times and I turn our attention to the newest cost and timeline projections for high-speed rail in California.

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New Pension Initiatives Target Current Workers

November 2, 2011 · Filed Under Ballot Measures, CA Politics · 30 Comments 

NOTE: An earlier version of this posting misidentified conservative pension activist Marcia Fritz as one of the members of the group behind the new initiative campaign.

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There's a temptation to dust off the quote attributed to an infamous bank robber when assessing two new and explosive initiative proposals to rework the pensions of public employees in California.

Why do the proposed ballot measures go after the pension system for current workers? Because that's where the money is.
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