Tag Archives: Proposition 13

The Crowding Field of 2012 Tax Initiatives

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California voters have long had a reputation as anti-tax, a reputation that explains why so many proposals either fizzle before ever making it to the ballot… or are roundly rejected on Election Day. But the November 2012 ballot appears poised … Continue reading »


Untangling The Local-State Knot

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Talk to enough veterans of the world of California government and you come to realize that one key element in ‘fixing’ what ails the state may be trying to untangle the complicated, and often dysfunctional, relationship between cities and counties … Continue reading »


The Politics of Old Folks vs. Kids

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I haven’t written about any of the TV ads in the Republican gubernatorial primary so far because, well, they’ve all been pretty predictable: my opponent is liberal, my opponent is untrustworthy, yada yada. But an ad released this morning caught … Continue reading »


$21 Billion Deficit Now, Worse Later

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The headline, rushed online yesterday by news outlets looking for a scoop, makes it clear the state’s budget woes aren’t getting better. Maybe even worse. But deeper inside the new in-depth analysis of the Legislative Analyst’s Office are examples of … Continue reading »


More Left, More Right... Bigger Gap

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The second and final day of then-versus-now comparisons by the venerable Field Poll makes it easy to see how the seeds of discontent and disagreement have flowered among partisan voters in California these last three decades. In short: Democrats are … Continue reading »