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After Years of Cuts, California Lawmakers Get a Pay Bump

December 2, 2013 | 6:00 am

After Years of Cuts, California Lawmakers Get a Pay Bump

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The best-paid state legislators in the U.S. get their first raise in six years, will make $95,291 a year.

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California’s Sudden Surplus — and Why It May Not Last

November 20, 2013 | 4:54 pm

California’s Sudden Surplus — and Why It May Not Last

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State to get multibillion dollar cash surpluses in next fiscal years, but cautions against spending.

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Video: Al Jazeera Report on FBI Bribery Sting of Ronald Calderon

October 31, 2013 | 4:00 pm

Video: Al Jazeera Report on FBI Bribery Sting of Ronald Calderon

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Al Jazeera America says a sealed federal affidavit claims State Sen. Ronald Calderon accepted more than $60,000 in bribes from an undercover FBI agent.

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Read Siskiyou County’s Declaration of Secession From California

September 4, 2013 | 11:55 am

Read Siskiyou County’s Declaration of Secession From California

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Siskiyou residents are fed up with what they see as a lack of representation and overregulation.

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Brown Wants More Out-of-State Incarceration (and Spending), Less Early Release

August 27, 2013 | 2:49 pm

Brown Wants More Out-of-State Incarceration (and Spending), Less Early Release

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Gov. Jerry Brown is giving in to the federal judges whom he’s fought all year over the solution to fixing California’s overcrowded prisons. Brown battled to throw out a court order requiring California to reduce its prison population to 137.5 percent of system capacity by the end of the year. When the judges stuck to […]

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What Are the Highest-Paid Jobs in California Government?

August 20, 2013 | 12:37 pm

What Are the Highest-Paid Jobs in California Government?

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State Controller John Chiang yesterday announced an update to his “Government Compensation in California” website. The database of state worker salaries is fun for the entire family, especially if the family likes to sit around complaining about how much government workers make. (A not insubstantial demographic, if recent and not-so-recent news reports are any indication.) Chiang’s […]

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California Owes Itself $4.6 Billion

July 24, 2013 | 11:25 am

California Owes Itself $4.6 Billion

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Gov. Jerry Brown has made paying off California’s $27 billion “wall of debt” a top priority. But one of the largest creditors that the state owes money to is actually itself. A report released last week by the Department of Finance shows 132 loans taken out from special government funds over the past decade add […]

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June 20, 2013 | 2:30 pm

Governor, Legislature Back Down on Weakening Public Records Act

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Update 2:20 p.m.: And one more time … From the Sacramento Bee … Gov. Jerry Brown will support a bill reversing a proposed weakening of the California Public Records Act, apparently resolving the controversy that has swept over the Capitol in recent days. Update to the update to the update on this story 12:10 p.m.: […]

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Open Government Activists Irate Over Proposed Weakening of Public Records Act

June 19, 2013 | 7:07 am

Open Government Activists Irate Over Proposed Weakening of Public Records Act

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By Francesca Segrè and Dan Brekke First Amendment activists and advocates of open government are furious about legislation sent to the governor that could make public records harder for news organizations and the general public to get. Currently, the California Public Records Act requires local government agencies to respond to requests for public records within […]

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California Lawmakers Pass Budget With Plenty Of Time To Spare

June 14, 2013 | 3:41 pm

California Lawmakers Pass Budget With Plenty Of Time To Spare

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Politicians, like college students and journalists, are motivated by deadlines. It often takes the ticking clock of a constitutional deadline or expiring statute for lawmakers to hammer out deals. This year’s state budget negotiations have been the exception to that rule. Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Perez struck an […]

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