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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...
Press Telegram: 8 key questions for Gov. Jerry Brown's California budget
February 6, 2017
Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest budget proposal shows that juggling government finances is no simple chore.The annual Sacramento budget dance is pretty well scripted by now, with the Democrats in supermajority control and fiscally conservative Republicans with limited votes for dramatic change. It’s...
Flash Report: California Democrats' 'Bullying' and Flagrant Hypocrisy
February 6, 2017
On December 6, 2016 upon the return of the Legislature and newly-elected members, Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, authored Senate Resolution 8, introduced to simply welcome newly-elected President Donald Trump and acknowledge the historical peaceful transition of power. But this congenial...
The OC Register: California's budget debate
February 5, 2017
The annual Sacramento budget dance is pretty well scripted by now, with the Democrats in supermajority control and fiscally conservative Republicans with limited votes for dramatic change. Some of Brown's fellow Democrats suggest that spending is too lean for good times. Republicans say the...
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