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July 17, 2012 | By Steven Malanga
Now that three California cities have declared bankruptcy, perhaps it's time to consider the lessons of Wisconsin. One of the reasons Wisconsin Democrats couldn't unseat Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the state's recall election was that his challenger exemplified how Walker's narrowing of collective bargaining privileges for government workers benefited the state. As mayor of Milwaukee, Tom Barrett had relied on Walker's reforms to balance his city's budget. And Barrett wasn't alone among Wisconsin officials.
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BUSINESS
January 29, 2013 | By Alejandro Lazo
A leading measure of home prices in the biggest American cities posted strong year-over-year growth in November. The S&P/Case Shiller 20-city index rose 5.5% from the same month a year earlier, rising in 19 out of the 20 metro areas tracked by the gauge. According to the index, from October to November, prices declined 0.1% -- a normal seasonal slowdown. The data are the latest indication that home prices continued to rise through the end of last year as housing inventory dwindled and demand surged.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2000 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After retiring from his post as police chief in Long Beach, Bill Ellis entered the world of temp workers. No, he's not in the typing pool. Ellis became temporary police chief of West Covina for several months in 1998 and then worked a similar stint last spring in Manhattan Beach. More temporary positions may be ahead for him, all arranged through an unusual agency that helps California cities and counties fill high-end, but short-term, vacancies with retired government executives.
BUSINESS
May 6, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - A "Made in USA" label has long been seen as an advantage in marketing a product. Now there are in-state manufacturers that want to see the adoption of an official label that declares Made in California. State Sen. Ellen M. Corbett (D-San Leandro) has introduced legislation to require Go-Biz, the governor's business development office, to come up with a plan - including the new label - to promote California-manufactured products. The bill, now before the Senate Appropriations Committee, would enhance California's reputation for making environmentally safe and energy efficient products, Corbett said.
NEWS
August 16, 2012 | By Dan Turner
California's bullet train is appropriately named -- not because it will ever be as fast as a speeding bullet but because it has taken more potshots than a Montana stop sign . Critics deride the line as a train to nowhere that will never attract the funding needed to run all the way from Sacramento to San Diego (with a spur to San Francisco) as originally envisioned. What's more, they say, the train's planning has been so undermined by special interests that it has no chance of running fast enough to fulfill its promise to get from L.A. to San Francisco in 2 1/2 hours.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By David Zahniser
A veteran Los Angeles building inspector sentenced last month to prison in an FBI corruption case will continue to receive a yearly pension of more than $72,000, according to a high-level retirement official. Samuel In, 66, pleaded guilty last year, admitting as part of a plea agreement that he took more than $30,000 in bribes while working as a senior inspector. He was sentenced last month to 2 1/2 years in prison after a federal prosecutor argued against leniency, mentioning his "substantial" pension.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1997
Laurann Cook is the mayor pro tem of Fountain Valley and current president of the Orange County chapter of the League of California Cities. In other words, she is a staunch supporter and propagandist for Orange County cities (Orange County Voices, Sept. 21). Cook says hundreds of millions of dollars in city revenues have been shifted to the state in recent years. And she's basically right. But what she conveniently fails to mention is why the state took the money. The fact is that most of the money shifted from the cities to the state ended up coming back to the same community from whence it came.
NEWS
May 12, 2002
Re "Thinking Outside Big-Box Zoning," April 29 Your article about the regional implications of city governments that use zoning powers to improve sales tax income touched the edges of the fiscal dilemma faced by California communities but did not address the underlying causes. All cities must have a general plan that balances residential, retail, manufacturing, office, recreation, schools and public uses. The plan reflects geographic and economic factors and community input. The point is, development is done with considerable forethought.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- California businesses and other special interests quickly learn that playing politics in the ornate chambers of California's Capitol building is more like a barroom brawl than a civics lesson about how bills become laws. Most days, businesses large and small dispatch squads of hired-gun lobbyists to vie for lawmakers' attention and votes. And that lobbying doesn't come cheaply. Last year special interests reported spending $277.5 million on such advocacy, according to the Secretary of State's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Bob Blumenfield left the state Assembly for the Los Angeles City Council more than three months ago, but he left behind some unfinished business. On Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that Blumenfield introduced as a legislator that will help cities, including his own, crack down on unlawful mobile advertising displays. Cities including Los Angeles, Burbank, San Francisco and West Hollywood have banned mobile billboard advertising displays. Blumenfield's AB 1253 adds civil penalties to the list of punishments a local government can establish by ordinance on the illegal mobile billboards.
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