Editorial Staff

Playing Politics with Public Employee Pensions

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While most people have likely been mesmerized by the headlines citing rising pension costs, a less visible campaign has been waged locally by self-described “pension reformers” to needlessly raise the cost of public pensions for the taxpayer, and their public employees to astronomical levels

Judge gives Anaheim more rope in Voting Rights case

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On Tuesday the City of Anaheim got three more weeks before a judge decides if a trial is warranted in a Voting Rights case filed against the city. Judge Miller granted Anaheim one last chance to change it’s mind before he makes a decision on July 30th. You know the saying, “Give ‘em enough rope, and they’ll hang themselves.”

Gov. Brown and Sen. Steinberg Reverse Course to Restore Public Records Act

State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, left, and Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, right, with Gov. Jerry Brown during a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif., June 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) (Rich Pedroncelli)

After two days of public outcry Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John A. Perez announced that the Senate will take up the revised Senate Bill 71, which removes changes to the California Public Records Act, passed by the Assembly. The passage of the changes to the PRA had generated a firestorm of criticism from open government advocates and media outlets up and down the state.