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Digging Beneath California's Surface Economic Recovery

At the beginning of January, Governor Jerry Brown stated in his 2015 State of the State/Inaugural address that “California has seen more than 1.3 million new jobs created in just four years and the unemployment rate has dropped to 7.2%.” This statement perfectly encapsulates the elation so many in Sacramento have when talking about the Golden State’s economy. 621 more words

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A Rising Tide Doesn't Lift All Boats In California

As President John F Kennedy once quipped, the rising tide lifts all boats; but one only needs to compare San Francisco and Stockton – cities just 80 miles apart – to question whether the rising tide lifts all boats equally. 610 more words

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Golden State Poll: Where Brown Should Lead and Where He Should Follow

In the public policy arena, elected officials don’t want to be too far ahead nor too far behind public opinion. The trick is finding that balance of leading versus following. 821 more words

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Brown has political capital to pursue big reforms on budget, taxes and pensions

Since President Richard Nixon met with Mao Zedong, the term “go to China” has been synonymous with a political leader who has an indisputable record on an issue moving against that issue without losing political standing. 536 more words

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California's Population-Growth Problem

Last week, the California Department of Finance announced that California’s population grew to 38.5 million, an increase of 335,000 (or 0.9%) between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014. 731 more words

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California Pension Reform Should Include the Police

If you paid attention to the 2014 San Jose Mayoral election, one would have thought the city was a warzone. Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese – along with his police union allies – turned San Jose’s shrinking police force into a central issue in the campaign, connecting the reduction to the voter passed Measure B pension reform championed by outgoing Mayor Chuck Reed. 721 more words

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Who Are the New Legislators Heading to Sacramento

On November 4th, 37 new Assembly and Senate legislators were elected (11 fewer than in 2012).  This represents 31% of the combined 120-member state legislature.  But who are these “newcomers”? 672 more words

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