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Daily News: Losing your pension? CalPERS wants to shift blame to cities

November 17, 2017
The nation’s largest state pension fund, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, still is reeling from bruising publicity it received after it slashed the pensions for workers in the tiny Sierra Nevada town of Loyalton (population 862) and in the now-defunct East San Gabriel Valley...

OC Register: Goodwill expands help for our local veterans

November 9, 2017
With controversies over the American flag and the national anthem still roiling our country, here’s an issue on which all of us can come together: Helping our brave veterans. Last summer the Orange County Rescue Mission opened its Tustin Veterans Outpost, two fourplexes for housing. The nonprofit...

Ventura County Star: Behind closed doors, cities and unions strike potentially expensive deals

November 3, 2017
Minutes before Santa Paula’s elected officials approved six new contracts awarding nearly every city employee a substantial pay hike, the public first learned of the long-term costs.

KQED: Lawmaker: Why Is It Taking Years to Map Fire Hazards From Utilities?

November 3, 2017
The risk from wildfires in California means everyone living here should be prepared for one. Some more than others. That obviously depends on where you live. But who’s in charge of telling us how risky any one place is?

LA Times: These loans were created to help homeowners, but for some they did the opposite

June 6, 2017
Consumer groups, regulators and lawmakers are increasingly raising concerns about Property Assessed Clean Energy loan programs, which are authorized by governments but largely administered and funded by private lenders.

LA Times: Political Road Map: Here's how (and why) the state is making a $12-billion pension payment next year

May 14, 2017
If you’re a homeowner, you’ve likely had someone suggest that the easiest way to lower your long-term debt is to make an extra mortgage payment. Thanks to the miracle of compound interest, your total costs in the long run go down.

OC Register: Officials break ground on Lake Forest’s '100-year home'

May 12, 2017
The $72 million, four-building campus — scheduled to open in May 2019 — will have a senior center, community center, City Council chamber that doubles as a performing arts center and a city hall building. A two-story parking structure will be built on the north side.

Fox & Hounds - SCA 1: A Warranty on Government Promises

March 7, 2017
Now it is time for taxpayers to get similar liability protections by having the legislature put Sen. John Moorlach’s SCA 1 on the ballot for voters’ approval. Moorlach wrote the proposed constitutional amendment to give long-term assurance to taxpayers. “While some language safeguarding taxpayer...

Politico: Eric Holder, mum on Trump, huddles with state Democrats

February 8, 2017
Eric Holder, the former U.S. attorney general hired by California legislative leaders to guide them in their anticipated legal battles with President Donald Trump, huddled privately with state lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday, while declining to weigh in publicly on Trump’s embattled...

Voice of OC: Costa Mesa Property Eyed as Site for Mental Health Service Center

February 7, 2017
Orange County officials in recent years have finally begun to make progress on helping homeless people find a safe place to sleep for a night. Homeless advocates say re-purposing a 114-acre property nestled between a golf course and a condo development in Costa Mesa could provide an important step...

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