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Filing Deadline – Campaign Law

| Blog | October 24, 2013

TO CLIENTS AND INTERESTED PERSONS: A filing deadline for certain reports required by the California Political Reform Act is coming up. The deadline is October 31, 2013, with a cutoff date of September 30, 2013. This deadline is applicable to the following filings:  1. Major Donor Committee Form 461: A major donor is any person […]

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The Bart Strike – A Minor Inconvienence

| Blog | October 23, 2013

The current BART strike was a minor inconvenience for the public, compared to the sacrifices that were made by workers that went before us to fight for the rights that workers enjoy today. There sacrifice brought us the eight hour work day, the 40 hour work week, overtime pay, maternity leave, paid vacations, safety rules, […]

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Education – Diane Ravitch

| Blog | October 15, 2013

What’s Wrong With Our Education System Diane Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York University and a historian of education. She blogs at dianeravitch.net, a site which has had nearly 3.5 million page views in less than a year. From 1991 to 1993, she was Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary […]

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Governor Signs Legislation To Save Taxpayers Millions

| Blog | October 10, 2013

AB-182 Legislation Passed Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to stop risky financing that school districts and community colleges in the state have used on to pay for new construction. The measure, AB-182 was authored by state Sen. Ben Hueso and Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan.                         […]

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Consolidating Municipal Elections – Yes or No?

| Blog | October 8, 2013

Will Consolidating Municipal Elections Save Taxpayers Money? A recent study by the Greenlining Institute says that consolidating elections would raise overall turnout, reduce costs and turnout a more representative group of voters. There study says that off-year municipal elections reduce voter turnout and result in small numbers of voters from minority groups who vote on […]

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Tramutola Wins California Schools Tax Measures

| Blog | October 5, 2013

California Schools Tax Measures Win, Even In A Bad Economy According to Larry Tramutola, a California political consultant who specializes in bond issues, the recipe for today’s successful bond campaign must be made up of a diverse stew of tactics. No longer is it enough to merely identify pressing needs and expect voters to agree. […]

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California Poverty Rate

| Blog | October 3, 2013

  Poverty Rate in California Reaches 22% The new analysis set California’s poverty rate at 22%, the highest in the nation, compared with the official rate of 16%. The Public Policy Institute of California and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, found that 2.6 million, or 27%, of Los Angeles County residents lived in […]

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Obamacare Covered California

| Blog | October 1, 2013

Obamacare Begins in California California Launches the insurance marketplace today offering new options for millions of consumers as part of Obamacare. Events throughout California are being held to inform the public of the start of enrollment today. Covered California, https://www.coveredca.com/ is atttempting to contact more than 5 million unisured or folks that have no health […]

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California Women Close The Gap

| Blog, Women Candidates | September 28, 2013

California Getting Women Elected Close The Gap CA, is a campaign aimed at recruiting, training and electing progressive women to office in the mid-term and 2016 elections. The goal of the organization: to increase the number of women in Congress and state legislatures by taking advantage of new and open districts resulting from redistricting and […]

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New Rules – California Blogging for Politics

| Blog | September 28, 2013

Fair Political Practices Commission Rules on Political Blogging -California Blogging for politics comes under new rules. California – The Fair Political Practices Commission approved regulation Section 18421.5 to increase campaign transparency. A rule requiring campaigns to disclose payments to bloggers or other commentators who post opinion online. Consumer Watchdog. argues that voters have a right to know […]

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Pension Funds California Cities

| Blog | September 24, 2013

  Pension Funds and Bankruptcy Many of California cities try to cope with pension funds and healthcare costs. Pension fund losses during the recession still must be shored up, while funds continues to grow. Even with the pension reforms being enacted many cities remain concerned worry that the reform along with tax increases may not sove the […]

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California Infrastructure Report Is Not Good

| Blog | September 23, 2013

  California Infrastructure Needs Investment Now The American Society of Civil Engineers is committed to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public and to improving the nation’s public infrastructure. ASCE releases a Report Card for America’s Infrastructure that depicts the condition and performance of the nation’s infrastructure. The Report Card grades the condition and […]

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Organizing and Leadership Academy

| Blog | September 22, 2013

Larry Tramutola Gives Back To The Community TOLA The Organizing and Leadership Academy Larry Tramutola founder of Tramutola Advisors is recognized as one of the country’s top political strategists. Larry is an expert on grassroots organizing, political strategy, and is regarded as one of the country’s top experts in passing difficult tax measures. Larry is […]

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California List – Helps Elect Women

| Blog, Women Candidates | September 22, 2013

Network to Elect Women in California CALIFORNIALIST works to elect women, and connects candidates and donors throughout California. Running for office in California is costly, CALIFORNIALIST helps candidates by connecting donors and candidates, so that they may raise the money needed to get elected. CALIFORNIALIST partners with other women’s organizations, in California and across the […]

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Los Angeles County To Move 500 Inmates To Fire Camps

| Blog | September 18, 2013

Los Angeles County will move more more than 500 inmates Local jail inmate will be moved to mountain-area firefighting camps in order to ease over crowding in the jails and curtail releasing prisoners early due to overcrowding in Los Angeles County The move is in response to  a  federal court order forcing the state of  California […]

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California Minimum Wage Increase to Ten Dollars Per Hour

| Blog | September 14, 2013

Legislature Approves California Minimum Wage Increase to $10 AB 10 will raise California minimum wage  to $10 an hour by 2016 won approval in the state Legislature. The first California minimum wage hike in California inince 2008, the measure will raise the current $8 minimum wage to $9 an hour next July 1, 2014 and then to $10 on Jan. […]

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Major League Sports Subsidies – The Facts

| Blog | September 12, 2013

Major League Sports Subsidies – Corporate Welfare – The Public Gets Scammed Public subsidies for stadiums are a great deal for team owners, league executives, developers, bond attorneys, construction firms, concessionaires and politicians. They are NOT a good deal for the taxpayers. Major League Sports Subsidies – the facts Yet the amount of public money […]

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California Prison Realignment Effects Counties

| Blog | September 10, 2013

  Prison Realignment Effective October 1, 2011, California counties were expected to take over the supervision of prisoners placed on parole whose last offense was not a violent crime or a sex offense. There are certain exceptions to this rule if the offender is judged to be “high risk”. In addition, newly convicted offenders who […]

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The Bay Area Plan – ABAG & MTC

| Blog | September 9, 2013

  ABAG and MTC Adopt The Bay Area Plan Local elected officials on the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) Executive Board and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) voted to adopt Plan Bay Area. An integrated transportation and land-use strategy. The Plan, was developed to meet the requirements of SB 375, which seeks to create […]

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How California Schools Test Scores

| Blog | September 7, 2013

California Schools Ranking Website The results from the California Department of Education are based on tests taken last spring. The API is an achievement gauge for California public schools based on standardized test results. The index assigns a score for each campus, ranging from a low of 200 to a high of 1,000, with 800 […]

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California Cities and Bankruptcy

| Blog | September 7, 2013

  More California Cities May Go Bankrupt A  federal judge ruled in April that Stockton can seek bankruptcy protection.  Which of the California’s fiscally troubled cities will be next. 10 California cities are facing the kind of serious financial pressure that sent Stockton toward bankruptcy. Despite signs of economic recovery, many cities are reeling from […]

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California Population is Changing

| Blog | September 5, 2013

                  California Population According to the Standford Center on Longevity, California is the country’s largest populated state and the sixth youngest. The Population growth rate is slower than that of the from the 1970s and 1980s. However; growth from 2000 to 2010 has kept pace the the overall US growth rate. The ethnic population […]

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Parcel Tax Challenges Across The State

| Blog | August 15, 2013

A Parcel Tax Must Be Equally Applied California First District Court of Appeal ruled against a parcel tax measure that voters approved in Alameda California. The tax imposed a different tax on different types of property. California state law requires parcel taxes to be uniform for any parcel with the exception of property owned by […]

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California Cities and Elected Officials

| Blog | August 12, 2013

California Cities and Elected Officals There are over 400 cities in California.  With a population in excess of thirty-seven-million people the state reflects a diverse and growing population. According to the the 1992 Census of Governments there are 18,699 local elected officials in California Cities. 14, 524 of these local elected officials are inside metropolitan […]

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California Population Growth 15 Million

| Blog | August 12, 2013

California Expected To Grow by 15 Million New population projections released by Department of Finance say that the California population will cross the 50 million mark in 2049 and grow to nearly 52.7 million by 2060. This gain of nearly 15.4 million people between 2010 and 2060 is approximatley a 50% gain from the current […]

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California Senate Bill SB7

| Blog | August 11, 2013

  California Senate Bill SB7 An act to add Section 1782 to the Labor Code  see text of bill SB7 California Senate Bill SB 7 relating to public works, prohibits a charter city from receiving or using state funding or financial assistance for a construction project if the city has a voter-approved charter provision or […]

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Local California Government Super-Majority Voting Rules and Results

| Blog | August 8, 2013

  Local California Government Finance Almanac Releases Report on Local Super-Majority Voting Rules and Results     League Fiscal Policy Advisor Michael Coleman released his report comparing the success rates for proposed local measures requiring majority votes against those requiring a 55 percent vote and those requiring a two-thirds vote. Since 2001, more than 2,200 […]

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Election Lawsuits Spreading Across California Cities

| Blog | August 7, 2013

Election Lawsuits are Spreading Across California Cities Under the provisions of the 2002 California Voting Rights Act seven cities.  four in the last two years — have been sued under the 2002 state law. Nine county governments, community colleges and school districts have also been sued and nearly 100 others have switched to districts voluntarily […]

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Our School Board Members

| Blog | August 6, 2013

Our School Board Members make up the largest number of elected officials in the United States. They are entrusted to set the policies our public elementary, middle and high schools. Every district has a board of education, and boards generally meet every month in meetings that are open to the public. School boards are nonpartisan. […]

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Humboldt County Elections Nov 5th

| Blog | August 6, 2013

Here is a list of Humboldt County Elections on November 5th  Many school board races are up in Humboldt County November Arcata School  Peninsula Union School   Arcata School  Rio Dell School    Big Lagoon School   Scotia Union School    Big Lagoon School   Scotia Union School    Blue Lake Union School   South Bay Union School   Bridgeville School   Trinidad Union […]

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