07/19/2019

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The Supreme Court Left The Door Wide Open For Trump To Try Again On Census Citizenship

A majority of the members of the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday saw the justification offered by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census for exactly what it was: a lie, though the court was more delicate in its terminology. Ross has said repeatedly that government needs to ask […]

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If L.A. Won’t Raises Taxes For Schools, Will Californians Vote To Overhaul Proposition 13?

Most of us learned the dangers of making political predictions about 31 months ago. But it’s still pretty hard to resist. So with the prospect of a major battle over Proposition 13 looming on next year’s general election ballot, the likely combatants on both sides of the split roll fight are sifting through the results […]

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Lawsuit Aiming To Protect Historic Theater Could Halt Affordable Housing, Placer officials Say

Saying that a major development project places Auburn’s historic DeWitt Theater in danger of demolition, a citizens group has sued Placer County – a move that jeopardizes a plan for badly needed affordable housing, county officials say. The lawsuit, filed May 22 by Concerned Citizens for Community and Public Lands, challenges the Placer County Government […]

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If California Had City Income Taxes, Would More Homes Get Built?

If California is serious about fixing its housing challenges, it should wean its cities off the sales tax gravy train. Until local municipalities are properly motivated to build, not much will change. And the only persuasion that makes cities jump is cash. Currently, cities are addicted to boosting sales tax collection because it’s about the […]

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Where To Start? Inside One California District’s Approach To Redesign STEM Education

School is out for summer. But in Tracy, Calif., teachers have been hard at work. Inside the staff development training room at the Tracy Unified School District, a group of about 25 teachers and curriculum specialists gathered this summer to overhaul the district’s approach to teaching science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. The plan […]

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California Finally To Move Ahead With ‘Cradle To Career’ Data System

With $10 million in funding, an ambitious timeline and a champion in Gov. Gavin Newsom behind it, the Legislature this week passed legislation for a statewide education data system that will follow children from infancy through the workplace. The marching order for what Newsom is calling a Cradle to Career Data System is included in […]

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Why A California Lawmaker Wants To Ban Cigarette Filters And Disposable Vapes

We’ve all seen it, the smoker who takes one last drag and flicks the cigarette butt onto the ground. It’s instant litter that California Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson wants to prevent by banning the filters in most cigarettes. The Democrat from Santa Barbara’s bill, SB 424, would ban filtered cigarettes, disposable plastic holders and mouthpieces, and […]

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Here’s Why An All-Electric Vehicle Fleet Can’t Happen In California … Or Elsewhere

Though no legislation has been passed yet, California officials have made it clear they want to outlaw automobiles powered by internal-combustion engines. But it’s a near certainty they won’t be able to secure an all-electric fleet within their timetable no matter how much they want it to happen. Democratic state Assemblyman Phil Ting of San […]

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California Lawmakers Propose Legislation To Address Utility Wildfire Problems

Three California Assembly members have introduced legislative language that would put Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to address the wildfire crisis enveloping the state’s electric utilities into action. The proposal includes a special fund to rein in the massive wildfire liabilities that electricity providers are exposed to — a worsening problem that already drove Pacific Gas […]

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U.S. Inflation Continues Recovery But Remains Below Fed Target

U.S. inflation continued to recover in May from a sharp slowdown earlier this year, a trend that could ease the Federal Reserve’s worries about weak price pressures while potentially tempering investors’ hopes for an interest-rate cut next month. The Fed’s preferred inflation gauge, the price index for personal-consumption expenditures, rose a seasonally adjusted 0.16% in […]

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Apple Moves Mac Pro Production To China

Apple Inc. is manufacturing its new Mac Pro computer in China, according to people familiar with its plans, shifting abroad production of what had been its only major device assembled in the U.S. as trade tensions escalate between the Trump administration and Beijing. The tech giant has tapped contractor Quanta Computer Inc. to manufacture the […]

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What You Need To Know About California’s New Budget

A few things about summertime in California have become utterly predictable: cineplex superheroes, beach crowds and a record-setting state budget. Two years ago, we told you the state’s budget hit $180 billion—and that with that money you could buy the Los Angeles Lakers 60 times over. Last summer, the state budget set a new high […]

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California’s Homelessness Crisis Needs Immediate Action. Here’s What We Can Do

Everyone agrees there is a humanitarian crisis on the streets of California. But the homelessness population is not a monolith. It is a diverse set of individuals and families who ended up without a roof over their head for myriad reasons. Yet politicians across the state continue to point to the state’s housing crisis as […]

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California Lawmakers Are Turning Cap-And-Trade Into The Slush Fund Critics Long Feared

For years, critics of California’s cap-and-trade program have lambasted it as a government slush fund. They say that politicians are able to dip into it to fund their pet projects or raid it to fill the shortfall of the moment — as long as they can assert a mildly credible connection between the spending and […]

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Lessons Learned From Measure EE: Not A Blank Check

The dust has settled on Measure EE, the 16-cent per square foot property tax rushed onto a June 4 ballot by the LAUSD board and its union. Following last week’s election results, politicians, pundits and school boards across the state are pondering EE’s meaning – trying to determine whether the parcel tax’s defeat was a […]

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