06/18/2018

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Inglewood mayor’s campaign worker made $312,000 last year as his assistant

A former campaign worker for Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts lifted her fortunes after following him to City Hall as his assistant in 2011, rebounding from a personal bankruptcy to a position that earned her $312,000 in total compensation last year. Melanie McDade-Dickens, who served as Butts’ office manager during his first campaign for mayor, […]

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Affordability Crisis Prices National Park Service Office Out of San Francisco

Federal officials plan to relocate an office that helps oversee 60 national parks throughout the western United States from downtown San Francisco to Vancouver, Washington, in a move they say could save millions of dollars. Staff at the National Park Service Pacific West Regional Office were told this week that the local unit is expected […]

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LA Unified not directing enough money to help low-income students, report charges

Despite some incremental progress, Los Angeles Unified officials continue to “evade” the requirement of the state’s education funding formula to spend substantially more on schools serving low-income children and other students who generate additional revenue for the district, authors of a study released on Tuesday wrote. In their fourth annual analysis of spending in the […]

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L.A. Unified’s spending out of step with similar school systems, task force says

The Los Angeles school district is out of step with similar school systems, spending more on teachers’ pay and health benefits and less on activities that could enhance student learning, according to a new report by an outside task force. The L.A. Unified School District Advisory Task Force did not make specific recommendations, but instead […]

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California bans state workers from traveling to yet another state

California’s ban on state-funded travel grew to include a ninth state on Friday with Attorney General Xavier Becerra announcing new restrictions on public employees attending work-related events in Oklahoma. Since 2017, California has forbidden state employees from traveling to states with laws that California leaders perceive to be discriminatory against gay and transgender people. Becerra […]

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Jerry Brown has weak argument for ‘large’ prison guard raises, analyst says

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has a “weak justification” for the short and sweet tentative contract offer it struck with the state’s union for correctional officers, a new report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office says. Brown is offering a 5 percent raise to the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, which would be the best wage increase […]

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SF’s budget soars by $937 million and will top $11 billion for first time

San Francisco’s $11.05 billion budget for the coming fiscal year will be the largest in the city’s history. That’s a 9.3 percent — or $937 million — increase over last fiscal year’s budget, which came in at $10.11 billion.

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On his way out, Gov. Jerry Brown offers prison guards a big raise

California’s state correctional officers would get their biggest raise since the recession if they approve a tentative agreement for a one-year contract their union struck with Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration this month. The deal includes a 5 percent general wage increase that would take effect on July 1, 2019. . . . The state human […]

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This California agency has so many new employees that it’s installing smaller cubicles

California can’t fit all of its environmental regulators in its 25-story Environmental Protection Agency headquarters, and it doesn’t want to shell out tens of millions of dollars to find them new digs, either. Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration found a solution that will sound familiar to any longtime traveler squeezing his knees into tight airplane seats: […]

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Firefighter Earned $300K in Overtime by Working More Hours Than Actually Exist

Los Angeles firefighter Donn Thompson had a busy year in 2017. If his pay stubs are to be believed, he literally never stopped working. Data obtained by Transparent California, a project of the Nevada Policy Research Institute, show that Thompson pulled down $300,000 in overtime pay during 2017, on top of his $92,000 salary. Over […]

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Disabled workers fear losing their jobs at California prison

PRIDE’s contract at the California Health Care Facility is coming to an end, primarily because state government’s largest union filed a grievance charging that it violated state protections against outsourcing public sector jobs. The union wants to bring the disabled workers onto the state payroll, but there are no guarantees. Some of the disabled workers […]

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30 percent of California tax agency managers have a relative on staff

A California tax department where almost a third of managers are related to another employee is unwinding nepotistic chains of supervision six months after a state audit revealed a problematic concentration of personal relationships among staff. California Department of Tax and Fee Administration Director Nicolas Maduros reported on Thursday that 141 of his department’s 484 […]

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Legislature’s hypocrisy prevails as bill dies

The Legislature’s dominant Democrats have bent over backwards to help unions organize workers in private and public employment, from those who work in the state’s agricultural fields to those who build electric cars for Tesla. And a substantial number of those legislators are former union members and organizers themselves. However, the Legislature’s own employees are […]

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With city manager fired, who’s in charge of Riverside?

Russo’s contract, which went into effect in February despite Bailey’s position that it was vetoed, was criticized by many members of the public for several provisions. The new contract — like his old one — gave him a 3 percent raise in 2018, which would have meant a salary of $323,946, and continuing raises for […]

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Six years after the state came in to save Inglewood Unified, the district faces a budget crisis, buildings in disrepair and lack of steady leadership

When the California Department of Education stepped in to save Inglewood’s schools after decades of mismanagement, it had a mandate to bring financial stability. Instead, the district has cycled through three leaders — not including interim appointees — chosen by Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. None has stayed long. The chaos of constant turnover […]

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