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Will Locals Keep Paying for State Parks They Saved?

May 22, 2013 | 5:50 am

Will Locals Keep Paying for State Parks They Saved?

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Two years ago this month, the California Department of Parks & Recreation announced a list of 70 parks it planned to close. Park lovers rallied, giving their time and money to pick up the parks the state was willing to drop off. There is no closure list now, and the department is under new management, […]

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California Assembly Speaker Pérez Handed Most Powerful Assignments to Biggest Fundraisers

May 15, 2013 | 6:00 am

California Assembly Speaker Pérez Handed Most Powerful Assignments to Biggest Fundraisers

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By Lance Williams and Agustin Armendariz, Center for Investigative Reporting In May 2012 and again in June, Speaker John A. Pérez wrote memos to Democrats in the California Assembly. He wanted millions in campaign cash to win a handful of key races. At stake, Pérez wrote, was their party’s control of the Assembly – and, […]

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California Governor’s Budget $1.3 Billion Less Than Expected

May 14, 2013 | 10:16 am

California Governor’s Budget $1.3 Billion Less Than Expected

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California Gov. Jerry Brown likes to frame himself as the one thing standing in the way of out-of-control spending in Sacramento. “Everybody wants to see more spending. That’s what this place is. It’s a big spending machine,” the Democrat said Tuesday morning, when he unveiled his updated budget plan. “You need something? Come see if […]

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5 Ongoing Problems and 4 Reasons For Hope: California Policy Pros Discuss the State’s Future

May 7, 2013 | 9:00 am

5 Ongoing Problems and 4 Reasons For Hope: California Policy Pros Discuss the State’s Future

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After years of slashing budgets and experiencing political gridlock, California might be climbing out of its ditch. The economy is picking up, a handful of government reforms have been implemented, and more Californians say things are looking better. Does all of this mean the trajectory will continue in the right direction? Or are we just […]

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Calif. Firefighters Rue Budget Cuts as Wildfire Season Heats Up

May 6, 2013 | 5:55 am

Calif. Firefighters Rue Budget Cuts as Wildfire Season Heats Up

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When wildfires blow up, and especially when more than one is raging at the same time, the calls go out to everybody with firefighting resources. It happens every year, more or less often depending on the weather. This year, though, our collective ability to fend off fiery Armageddon is hampered by a hoary beast that […]

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Jerry Brown Says CEQA Reform Unlikely This Year

April 16, 2013 | 12:56 pm

Jerry Brown Says CEQA Reform Unlikely This Year

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Jerry Brown once called reforming CEQA, California’s 43-year-old landmark environmental impact law, “doing the Lord’s work.” Well, if that’s the case, looks like we’re in the day-of-rest period… From AP: Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday it’s unlikely that changes he’s seeking to the state’s environmental protection law can be accomplished this year, although a top […]

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Behold — The Era of California Powerball Begins

April 8, 2013 | 3:52 pm

Behold — The Era of California Powerball Begins

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I have been unable to convince my father that his winning the lottery is not actually a viable long-term financial plan. He likes to start conversations about money with, “If I win the Powerball …” It’s the possibility of that “if” turning into a “when” that really worries me, but what can you do? This […]

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Report: California Should Give Up Control of Some State Parks

March 25, 2013 | 1:22 pm

Report: California Should Give Up Control of Some State Parks

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by Tracie Cone, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Over the years, California has added more parks to its state system than it can afford and should consider turning over control of some to local entities, a new report says. The report released Monday by the Little Hoover Commission identified a number of problems with […]

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Governor Proposes Charging Californians $10 to Search Court Records

March 21, 2013 | 9:01 am

Governor Proposes Charging Californians $10 to Search Court Records

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By Judy Lin, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)—In a move that is raising concern about limiting access to public documents, California courts could charge $10 for each record search under a proposal included in Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget. The governor included the search fee as one of the ways the courts can raise $30 million […]

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Poll: Californians Wary of Price for Water Project, High-Speed Rail

March 21, 2013 | 8:42 am

Poll: Californians Wary of Price for Water Project, High-Speed Rail

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A majority of California voters say improving the state’s water systems and creating a high-speed rail network are important, but they want to see smaller price tags attached to those projects. That’s according to a poll released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California. The survey found that 51 percent […]

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