More laws won’t clean up California government

By   /  March 14, 2014  /  California, Commentary, Fixing Cal  /  No Comments

Poster Child: California state Sen. Ron Calderon, one of many state pols facing ethics charges. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

SACRAMENTO – When it comes to ethics, I always figured there are three kinds of people. There are those who, upon seeing a storehouse filled with treasure, would try to steal as much of it as they could grab. Then there are those would take the treasure, but only if the doors were unlocked and [...]

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Fixing California: Will fracking bonanza be allowed?

By   /  October 1, 2013  /  Commentary, Fixing Cal  /  No Comments

DAYS OF YORE: At one time, Long Beach, Calif., was booming with oil.

By Chris Reed
Seven years ago, the California unemployment rate was virtually the same as the national rate — under 5 percent. The Golden State had seen some downs during the broad economic growth enjoyed across America since the 1980s, especially after the end of the Cold War hollowed out the defense industry in the early [...]

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Fixing California: California can protect the environment while sharing in a financial bonanza

By   /  October 1, 2013  /  Commentary, Fixing Cal  /  No Comments

Gov. John Hickenlooper hasn't taken a clear position on Hancock's plan to allow Denver voters to strip key provisions from the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), but only as those provisions apply to the city.

By John Hickenlooper
Hydraulic fracturing — fracking — has been used to extract oil and natural gas from shale rock for decades. But technological improvements in recent years have made the process far more efficient. It’s expanded use in states like North Dakota, Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Colorado has sparked an energy revolution that is pushing [...]

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Fixing California: The union chokehold

By   /  August 15, 2013  /  Commentary, Fixing Cal  /  No Comments

EAG News

By Gloria Romero
I created a stir last year when I — the former Democratic Senate majority leader — endorsed Proposition 32, the ballot initiative that would have reigned in special interests, including enabling union members to bypass their own union executive boards and make their own choices as to how to direct their own union [...]

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Pension reformers regroup to launch new fight

By   /  June 24, 2013  /  California, Fixing Cal  /  No Comments

Carl DeMaio

By Steven Greenhut
The same union spokespeople who have always claimed there is no public-employee pension crisis have now declared the crisis over. But, despite some modest good financial news from the pension funds, the pension-debt problem is more pernicious than ever. Predictions of the reform movement’s death are greatly exaggerated.
“[I]t’s no surprise that the attack [...]

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