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Eureka Faces Pension Headwinds – Just Like Every Other California City

The city of Eureka on the far north coast of our state is part of a fabled land, far removed from the rest of drought stricken California. The winds that the ridiculously resilient ridge of high pressure push north find welcoming mountains and canyons in and around Eureka, drenching them with rain, nourishing endless...

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Follow the Money: New Bill Would Double CA Campaign Reporting Threshold

It could soon be harder to follow the money in California politics. A state lawmaker wants to double the reporting threshold for political campaigns in California — allowing major donors to contribute more money and campaigns to spend more money before filing a disclosure report. Under the Political Reform Act of 1974, as modified...

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Self-driving cars ready to hit CA roads

With remarkable speed, California’s top technologists have reached a breakthrough point in their development of automated cars. Automated vehicles from seven companies have hit Golden State freeways, with more to come. Dramatizing the developments, one firm’s team of engineers and scientists recently kicked off a historic road trip in San Francisco, as the Bay Area’s...

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Politics Behind 16-Year-Old Voter and Mandatory Vote Proposals

In San Francisco, Supervisor John Avalos proposes that 16-year-olds should vote. In Cleveland last week, President Barack Obama suggested mandatory voting was a transformative idea worth considering. One can’t help but sense political agendas at work. Despite Supervisor Avalos’ argument that 16-year-olds are old enough to drive and pay taxes, the real question is...

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EPA Regulation: Unjustified and Punitively Burdensome

Does anyone remember President Obama’s executive order requiring that regulations be justified and not unduly burdensome? It would be hard to find a better  example of the vast gap between requirement and reality than in Michigan v. EPA, before the Supreme Court Wednesday, March 25. At issue is the EPA’s new nationwide rule slashing...

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E-Cigs Under Fire From CA Dept. of Public Health

With public opinion in flux and anti-tobacco activists on edge, the California Department of Public Health has rolled out “Wake Up,” a slick new ad campaign to discourage the use of e-cigarettes, or “vapes.” Recently, CDPH pronounced e-cigs a threat to public health. In a statement explaining the campaign, CDPH described two new TV ads emphasizing “the e-cigarette industry’s use of candy flavored ‘e-juice’” and...

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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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And The Political Chutzpah Award Goes To …

If an award were given for political chutzpah, members of the California Legislature would win hands down. An example of chutzpah – a word whose synonyms include “insolence,” “cheek” and “gall” — would be an expensive restaurant adding a 25 percent tip to the bill after providing poor and insulting service. Don’t blame California’s...

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CA Finishes Last in Government Transparency Study

California ranked at the bottom for the second consecutive year on the annual report on state government transparency compiled by the Public Interest Research Group, an investigative and advocacy organization based in Boston. And the state’s beleaguered Department of Technology, or CalTech, can be assigned part of the blame for the last-place showing. The rankings on PIRG’s sixth annual report are...

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Follow the Big Money as it Ripples Through L.A.

Los Angeles’ major daily newspapers this weekend each had separate stories that reflected big money in Los Angeles and, in a way, the two stories are connected. The Los Angeles Times reported than many Silicon Valley entrepreneurs were spending big bucks for Los Angeles area real estate. We’re talking on the high end about $70 million...

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