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Covered CA Facing 2015 Adjustments

After posting some of the biggest numbers in the Obamacare firmament, Covered California is putting the squeeze on Golden Staters. Amid concerns that bureaucratic and administrative rules will reverse initial gains, the statewide exchange is stressing the substantial increase in tax penalties facing Californians who don’t get insurance. Meanwhile, choices for coverage are shrinking, not...

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Sad End For CalPERS Private Equity ‘Golden Years’

The apparent suicide last week of Alfred Villalobos, who faced a bribery trial next month, is a sad end for a former CalPERS board member paid more than $50 million by firms seeking money from the big pension fund. Most of his fees came from private equity firms during the years leading up to...

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What California Homeowners Should Know About the State Budget

Let’s be honest.  When politicians and pundits discuss the state budget, very little is about the impact on homeowners.  Notwithstanding the fact that a person’s home is their most important asset, this lack of perspective is understandable.  When people think about political issues impacting their status as homeowners, they are far more likely to...

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Boxer Exit Begins CA Youth Shift in Congress

Girls may run the world, as in the Beyonce song, but women run California’s congressional delegation. More specifically, older Democratic women — but that could change soon. U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s retirement announcement earlier this month kicks off a major demographic shift in California’s congressional delegation, as aging Democratic women move closer to retirement. Democratic women are the...

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Pay for Retiree Health Care by Putting California Government Workers in Obamacare

As I’ve stated here before, there is no reason for California governments to continue retiree health care benefits for those who aren’t already retired or vested. It’s costly as heck (and getting costlier), and money hasn’t been set aside to pay for the benefits. And this country has Obamacare and Medicare to cover government...

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Military Reform Aims To Slash Pay For New Troops

In a speech on Wednesday off the coast of San Diego, outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned troops that the U.S. can’t afford its military personnel anymore. Troops are already bracing for the results of a report on Feb. 1, which will most likely not be friendly to military pay. The report is by the...

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Hydraulic Fracturing Major Contributor to CA’s Economic and Energy Future

The release of the draft EIR on Well Stimulation Operations marks an important milestone in meeting the deadlines set by Senate Bill 4. WSPA and our members are reviewing the details of the draft EIR and will continue to participate in workshops and public discussion regarding SB 4. While we are pleased with the...

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Sacramento Aims To Police The Police

After a politically punishing year for law enforcement departments from Los Angeles to New York, California legislators are riding the wave of controversy, drafting a spate of bills that would use the power of state government to assert more control over how police officers do their jobs. The move exploits an unusual situation that has developed in Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration. When...

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Berkeley Minimum Wage Hike Study Ignores Key Factor

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s proposal for a $13.25 citywide minimum wage hit a speed bump last week when two city councilmen — Mitch O’Farrell and Felipe Fuentes — insisted on an independent analysis of his plan. They specifically objected to the group of researchers originally chosen to conduct that analysis, from a labor...

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Kamala Harris to run for U.S. Senate

On Tuesday, California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate. She seeks to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer, who last week announced her retirement. Both are Democrats. Even though the election is more than 21 months away, it’s a smart move by Harris — whose career has been market by smart moves, beginning with...

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