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California Stem Cell Report
Correction

The "arthritis, alzheimer's" item earlier today incorrectly said that researcher Jill Helms had already received $11 million from the agency, based on figures on the CIRM Web site. However, Helms said the correct figure is $7 million.

California Stem Cell Report
Arthritis, Alzheimer’s, Healing: California Stem Cell Agency Urged to Help Elderly

Arthritis, Alzheimer’s, Healing: California Stem Cell Agency Urged to Help Elderly

Three California scientists are asking the state’s stem cell agency to come to the aid of tens of millions of elderly persons and provide $16 million to develop therapies to treat Alzheimer’s and arthritis and to speed skeletal healing in the elderly.


The researchers have asked the governing board of the $3 billion agency...

California Political News and Views
NFL urges cities to act quickly if they hope to keep teams from moving to L.A.

As reported by the Orange County Register: PHOENIX – With the NFL gearing up for the possibility of one or more franchises declaring by the league’s October meetings their intention to relocate to Los Angeles, NFL officials are cautioning officials in St. Louis, San Diego and Oakland that any pitches to keep their teams...

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Eliminate the State Income Tax

During a discussion at the 2015 Cal Tax Annual Members meeting, I called for a meaningful public discourse on tax reform ideas that makes life easier for taxpayers. I suggested replacing California’s income tax with a sales tax on services. If you want real tax reform, we ought to look at eliminating the state’s...

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Is It Too Easy to Submit Unusual (or Crazy) Ballot Initiatives in California?

It is so easy to make fun of the electoral process in California. Some intentionally, others because they are not bright enough to know they are being mean, vicious and silly. There is an attorney, who for $200, was able to file a statewide ballot measure, “Sodomite Suppression Act,” While that is immediately offensive...

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No New Dams: Water Money Spent for “Proposed Office of Sustainable Water Solutions”

Guv Brown told us that if we gave him $7.5 billion for a water bond, billions would be spent on dams. So far almost $800 million of that money has been allocated—but not a dime for dams. Most of the money has gone to wetlands, conservation measures and now, figuring out how to get...

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The Demise of California Redevelopment Law, and the Repackaging of Tax Increments for California Municipalities

Thanks to Guv Brown the infamous, corrupt, Redevelopment agencies have been shut down. These agencies stole property from some, gave the property, at reduced prices to others and created a phony economy in many cities. While all very legal, this was really a payoff to donors, unions and special interests. Like Freddie Kruger, it...

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Millions Need to Be On Alert for Medi-Cal Renewal–Being Cut Off for NO Reason

The State of California is trying to outdo the Federal government in incompetence. How incompetent? A young man was thrown off of Medicaid because he no longer lived in the State of California. Where did he live? In lived in Oakland, California—apparently Jerry Brown forgot he was once Mayor of this bankrupt town. Doctors...

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Transparency in California Government?

What is the real unfunded liability for government pension plans? Ask twelve people at CalPERS and you get twelve different answers. Does your Mayor, city manager or the governor tell folks that the government is the banker and bill collector for unions, plus, use tax dollars for union officials to work on union projects?...

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Phony Fee Increases by California Cities: To Pay Off CalPERS

When your city is asking for a sales tax increase or extension—ask if any of the money is going to the general fund. If so, the money is not being spent for more cops or roads, it is being used to pay the 50% increase in mandated pension contributions by CalPERS. My city of...

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