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Gov. Brown Rebuilds Redevelopment

John Hrabe
Writer and Communications Strategist

Reversing his 2011 abolition of redevelopment, on Monday Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law two bills that will revive it, Senate Bill 628 and Assembly Bill 229. He also vetoed a third redevelopment measure, AB2280, he believed went too far by codifying an anti-poverty program into redevelopment law. Property rights advocates opposed the trio of  bills as bringing back eminent […]

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Property Rights Group Urges Brown To Veto Redevelopment 2.0

John Hrabe
Writer and Communications Strategist

An influential property rights group has released a new radio ad campaign urging Governor Jerry Brown to veto three bills that would bring back California’s abusive redevelopment agencies. The California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights, which praised Brown’s previous effort to abolish redevelopment agencies in California, is hoping to block a trio of redevelopment bills […]

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Controller 2014: Betty Yee Changes Position On High-Speed Rail

John Hrabe
Writer and Communications Strategist

Board of Equalization member Betty Yee has changed her mind about the state’s controversial high-speed rail plan. During the June primary campaign, the Democratic candidate for state controller opposed Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build a faster rail connection between San Francisco and Los Angeles by the year 2029. A June 2014 primary questionnaire for the influential Harvey Milk LGBT […]

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Records Show Unions Massively Fund CA Dem Party

John Hrabe
Writer and Communications Strategist

At a time when two Democratic lawmakers stand accused of bribery and public corruption, California’s most powerful labor unions have kicked back more than a million dollars to the California Democratic Party. According to state campaign finance records posted Monday evening, the Democratic State Central Committee of CA accepted a total of $1.59 million in campaign contributions […]

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Uber, Lyft Compromise on Ridesharing Regulations

John Hrabe
Writer and Communications Strategist

Uber and Lyft, two of the country’s leading ride-sharing companies, reached a compromise with state lawmakers on Wednesday over new regulations of the industry that is changing how people get around town. Assembly Bill 2293, which had been strongly opposed by the ridesharing companies, requires drivers to carry minimum levels of insurance and be covered, […]

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Final* Results: Betty Yee Takes Second Place In Nail-Biter Race For State Controller

John Hrabe
Writer and Communications Strategist

All the votes have been counted, but the race for state controller isn’t final – yet. With the final votes from Lake County tallied, Board of Equalization member Betty Yee has taken second place in the race for state controller, besting fellow Democrat Asm. John A. Perez by just 484 votes. “I want to thank […]

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Betty Yee or John Perez? Lake County Will Decide State Controller’s Race

John Hrabe
Writer and Communications Strategist

Betty Yee or John Perez? California’s too close to call race for state controller comes down to a few thousand uncounted votes in Lake County. With 83 percent of the state’s unprocessed ballots from the June 3rd primary, the Northern California county will decide which Democrat faces Republican Ashley Swearengin in the November run-off. As of Saturday morning at 3:00 a.m., Board of Equalization […]

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Fresno Spends $232,000 in Taxpayer Funds on Water Rate Lawsuits

John Hrabe
Writer and Communications Strategist

Nearly a quarter million dollars in taxpayer funds has been spent by the City of Fresno in its ongoing lawsuits to keep a water rate referendum off the ballot, a CalNewsroom.com investigation has revealed. As of May 6, the city has spent $232,254.28 to sue a group of taxpayers that are trying to overturn controversial water rate hikes approved by the city council last […]

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“Job Killer” Bill Would Allow Split Roll Parcel Tax

John Hrabe
Writer and Communications Strategist

Just days after Toyota announced plans to move its corporate headquarters to Texas, the California Senate is poised to adopt a bill that would create a split-roll parcel tax system. Senate Bill 1021, introduced by state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, would allow school districts to impose different parcel tax rates on different types of property. That means […]

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California State Senate Deletes Website, Online Archives of 3 Disgraced Democrats

John Hrabe
Writer and Communications Strategist

Like a criminal wiping down a crime scene, the California State Senate has scrubbed its website and deleted the online archives of three Democratic state Senators that face criminal charges ranging from weapons trafficking to public corruption. As of April 5 at 7:00 PM, the websites of Democratic Senators Leland Yee of San Francisco, Ron […]

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