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It’s a fee: California cap and trade passes legal challenge

California’s one-year-old system of auctioning off the right to emit carbon survived a pair of legal challenges this week. [SacramentoBee] Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley rejected lawsuits filed over California’s cap and trade law, AB 32, by the California... (Continue reading)

Blackburn’s ‘Human Harvest’ now in eBook

Dorothea Montalvo Puente was still planting her victims around  the yard of her Sacramento Victorian home when she first sidled up to reporter Dan Blackburn, initiating an acquaintanceship that would eventually provide rare and perceptive insight into the mind of... (Continue reading)

FBI searches lawmaker offices

Offices of a Democratic state senator and the Legislature’s Latino Caucus were raided Tuesday by agents of the FBI armed with search warrants. (Sacramento Bee) Federal officials declined to identify the purpose of the search, which centered on the Capitol... (Continue reading)

Sacramento County’s unopened ballots

The Sacramento County Elections office announced Thursday that a staffer found 407 uncounted ballots cast in the Nov. 6 election sitting unopened in a sealed bag on a shelf. [SacramentoBee] The employee found the ballots while going through red supply... (Continue reading)

Air board seeks help from Sacramento on implementing dust rule

The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District Board decided Wednesday to go around State Parks and seek help from the Governor’s Cabinet in implementing its Oceano dunes dust rule. [SLO Tribune] District officials have accused State Parks of... (Continue reading)

Local lawmakers on maverick list

Two Republican state lawmakers from San Luis Obispo County are among the party’s most independent members, according to an analysis of voting records by the Sacramento Bee. Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian (33rd District) and Sen. Sam Blakeslee (15th District) were on... (Continue reading)

Wealthy don’t flee from higher taxes

Do rising state taxes really cause millionaires to trundle off to more friendly fiscal environs? Apparently not, according to the findings of two sociologists who will be presenting their findings to lawmakers, lobbyists, reporters and others in a Sacramento appearance... (Continue reading)

Rural fire fee facing court test

A lawsuit has been filed in Sacramento challenging a $150 “fire prevention” fee now assessed on 825,000 rural properties in California. (San Jose Mercury News) The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association seeks declaration regarding the fee’s validity, and seeks refunds for... (Continue reading)

Redevelopment agency battle returns to court

The California law banning redevelopment agencies faces another challenge in court. The League of California Cities announced Monday that it filed a lawsuit in Sacramento County Superior Court against the state Department of Finance, Board on Equalization and Controller on... (Continue reading)

Public pension reform bill inked

Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday called the state’s public pension system “a big ship” which is slowly being turned in the right direction by reform legislation he’s set to sign. (Sacramento Bee) But faced with complaints that the pension reduction bill... (Continue reading)



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