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14-Apr-2011, 11:43 PM #1
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Deep in the heart of Texas: Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom and Gov. Rick Perry keep it cordial

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AUSTIN -- Texas Governor Rick Perry constantly talks about how often he goes to California on what he calls "hunting trips" to recruit California businesses to come to Texas.
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I respectfully request you leave Texas out of any California discussion thread.
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I respectfully request you leave Texas out of any California discussion thread.
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15-Apr-2011, 11:26 AM #5
California lawmakers stripped of state cars

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The valuable perk will be replaced with a $300 monthly transportation allowance under a decision by a state panel that says the change will cut in half what taxpayers now spend on the legislators.
(Sic 'em Jerry!)
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Posted on Friday, April 15, 2011
Liver cancer treatment may come from California teenager's research
By Diana Lambert | The Sacramento Bee

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Selena Li, 17, has completed research that could offer an alternative to chemotherapy or transplant for liver cancer patients.
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/04/1...-may-come.html
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That should carry over to the feds in DC too. They can do what I've done over the years - buy my own vehicle and either depreciate the % business use cost, actual expense or allowable milage deduction. If they get a auto monthly allowance, do the same as I had to do - claim it as income and pay taxes on that which exceeds your deduction. Now if we can get them to take SS & Medicare same as us common folk, we may be on to something.
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18-Apr-2011, 12:14 PM #8
The Buzz: State compensation commission looks at legislative per diem
Published: Monday, Apr. 18, 2011 - 12:00 am | Page 3A

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Now the panel is asking questions about the practice of paying lawmakers a tax-free per diem, even on days they are absent from the Capitol.
http://www.sacbee.com/2011/04/18/355...ommission.html
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18-Apr-2011, 11:39 PM #9
San Francisco Earthquake: Small Temblor Shakes City On Anniversary Of 1906 Disaster
04/18/11 06:34 PM ET AP

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20-Apr-2011, 08:31 PM #10
The latest on California politics and government
Brown orders crackdown on employee cash advances
Posted by Torey Van Oot
2:36 PM
April 20, 2011

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State law allows for cash advances in cases such as check delays, employee travel and certain vendor payments. But Brown's office says audits have found agencies are falling behind in collecting debts owed by employees and vendors, costing the state millions of dollars. One 2009 audit, posted here, found 11 departments had failed to recover more than $13.3 million in advances.
http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalert...wn-orders.html

Sic 'em! They could use you in Washington!

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22-Apr-2011, 12:40 PM #11
Agency fails to crack down on teacher misconduct, California audit says
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By Jim Sanders
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Published: Friday, Apr. 22, 2011 - 12:00 am | Page 1A

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California lawmakers are demanding change after a state audit of the commission charged with cracking down on teacher misconduct found numerous flaws that could pose risks to children.
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Auditors found flaws in nearly every aspect of the commission's regulatory process, including lapses in launching investigations, updating files, gathering facts, tracking cases and revoking credentials. They also found that in August 2009 there was a three-year backlog of 12,600 arrest or prosecution reports to be entered into commission records.

"It's one of the worst-run organizations we've seen in a long, long time – of any state agency that we've looked at," state Auditor Elaine Howle told The Bee.
http://www.sacbee.com/2011/04/22/357...k-down-on.html
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26-Apr-2011, 04:36 PM #12
3.9-magnitude quake strikes near Santa Rosa
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Published: Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2011 - 11:50 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2011 - 12:02 pm

http://www.sacbee.com/2011/04/26/358...-northern.html
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27-Apr-2011, 12:50 PM #13
Brown's Countdown, Day 108: Governor restricts travel
By David Siders
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Published: Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2011 - 12:00 am | Page 3A

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Brown prohibited traveling to conferences, including in-state gatherings, and to meetings that can be conducted by video or phone.
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27-Apr-2011, 01:13 PM #14
All companies / states should do that to cut spending. I tried to talk my last employer into doing that cause they were wasting my time and their money bringing all their people in from around the state for a monthly meeting in Houston which accomplished exactly nada in fiscal terms. I finally just quit going. They eventually shut down my division two years later as they started trying to cut cost, almost went broke, then got bought out by a competitor. Another second generation small business failure - 4th I've witnessed fail - the heirs never quite seemed to have that fire in their belly as their fore fathers.

Read today that SS will end sending paper checks in mid 2013 - it will either be electronic direct deposit to financial institution or a debit type card. Said it would save $1.6 B over 10 years.

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27-Apr-2011, 03:54 PM #15
More California high school courses blend college and career prep
Good idea!
By Laurel Rosenhall
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Published: Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2011 - 12:00 am | Page 1A

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"I know I have a lot of students that aren't going to college, but my goal is still to prepare them because ultimately they have to be critical thinkers, whether they're in the workforce or they go to school," said Tim McDougal, a college-educated teacher who owned a contracting business for 12 years.

His approach is part of a trend in California high schools: blending college preparation with career preparation. The goal is to offer more hands-on classes that will engage students turned off by the traditional academic approach, while infusing the college-bound curriculum with more real-world applications.
http://www.sacbee.com/2011/04/27/3581302/classes.html
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