Covered California gains only modest sign-ups at deadline

By   /  April 17, 2014  /  Around the Web, California  /  No Comments

NOT READY: Small business and Spanish language online enrollment isn't ready.

By James Poulos | Cal Watchdog
As the last blanket deadline extension arrived, late signups slowed down on Covered California, the state’s Obamacare exchange.
Difficulties brought on by the website’s inability to process a wave of applicants gave officials an opportunity to push back the original March 31 deadline. That, in turn, caused exchange administrators to require applicants to [...]

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California teacher takes on teachers’ union agenda

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  Around the Web, California  /  No Comments

IS IT STRONG ENOUGH?: the California Legislature on last week passed a bill purporting to streamline the teacher dismissal process in cases of abuse.

By John Seiler | Cal Watchdog Editor-in-Chief Brian Calle interviews Rebecca Friedrichs. She is an Orange County schoolteacher who is fighting for her right not to be associated with the political activity the nation’s most powerful union, the National Education Association, and its state affiliate, the California Teachers’ Association. She ready to take her fight [...]

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CA teachers’ retirement unfunded liability hits new high

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  Around the Web, California  /  No Comments

PENSION PENNIES: Pennsylvania's two pension funds have a combined unfunded liability of more than $47 billion.  That's expected to grow to as much as $65 billion within a few years.

By James Poulos | Cal Watchdog
The California State Teachers’ Retirement System just announced it faces $73.7 billion in long-term liabilities. Left untouched, that would spell bankruptcy in 2043.
For critics of California’s public-employee pensions programs, the grim numbers heighten the urgency for reform. If CalSTRS wants to address its shortfall, it has to get legislative approval.
CalSTRS is the product of a contract [...]

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Why California has an affordable housing crisis

By   /  April 14, 2014  /  Around the Web, California  /  No Comments


By Joseph Perkins | Cal Watchdog
What a long strange trip it’s been for the Pebble Beach Company since it unveiled its Del Monte Forest development plan all the way back in 1987.
In the ensuing 27 years, PBC has revised its plan innumerable times only to have state regulators or local government bodies block the company from breaking [...]

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California farmers lead new immigration push

By   /  April 11, 2014  /  Around the Web, California  /  No Comments


By James Poulos | Cal Watchdog
Immigration has become the biggest national issue involving California’s farmers. In the state’s agricultural heartland, a host of issues are on the agenda, ranging from this year’s painful drought to marijuana eradication.
But one matter looms large. Farmers need more laborers to work the fields, and Americans have not stepped up to [...]

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