CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - The most nerdy, wonky and nap-inducing measure on the Nov. 6 ballot is Proposition 31. It's not a minor measure, exactly, but it's hardly monumental either. It might do some good, might do some bad. On the ballot, it's called: "State Budget. State and Local Government. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute. " Are you still with me? INTERACTIVE: 2012 California Propositions It's long and complex. To the average voter, I suspect, it reads like gobbledygook.
September 16, 2012
A new Census Bureau report confirms that the slowly rising tide of the U.S. economy hasn't lifted all boats. The 20% of Americans with the highest incomes captured an even larger share of the earnings in 2011, while the rest collected the same share or less. The widening income inequality is disturbing, but as the report shows, things could have been considerably worse. Without such safety net programs as unemployment benefits and food stamps, millions more families would have fallen into poverty.
August 21, 2012 |
So what's on the Nov. 6 ballot ? California's marquee measures are two competing tax increases, three crime-and-punishment reforms (including eliminating the death penalty ) and a controversial initiative to require labeling of genetically modified foods . In comparison, the already arid topic of state budget reform comes off as even drier and dustier. But Proposition 31 could, in the end, be Californians' most important ballot decision in years. It's a head-scratcher, though.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2012 |
Facing the same financial stressors that pushed San Bernardino toward bankruptcy, cities across California are slashing day-to-day services and taking other drastic actions to skirt a similar fiscal collapse. For some, it may not be enough. San Bernardino on Tuesday became the third California city to seek bankruptcy protection in the last month and, while no one expects the state to be consumed by municipal insolvencies, other cities teeter on the abyss. PHOTOS: California cities in bankruptcy "There are likely to be more in the future, but it's hard to know, since a lot of struggling cities may manage to work things out," said Michael Coleman, a fiscal policy advisor for the California League of Cities.
May 23, 2012 |
What makes some state capitals so much more corrupt than others? New research provides a partial answer to that long-standing question: isolated capitals breed more corruption and lack of news coverage is a major reason why. State capitals have long been known for corrupt practices. While every state has its roster of legendary local miscreants, some have a much more consistent record of corruption than others. Researchers have studied that variation for years, looking for factors that might explain the patterns.
April 30, 2012 |
With the Southern Section, Central Section, City Section, San Francisco Section and Sac-Joaquin Section all endorsing a proposal to revise California Interscholastic Federation transfer rules, it appears a mere formality that the State Federated Council will approve the revisions at its meeting on Friday in Milpitas. "Based on what the votes have been at the section level, all indicators show it's going to pass," said Roger Blake, set to succeed Marie Ishida as the CIF executive director.