Nestled within Gov. Jerry Brown’s program-slashing budget proposal lies a $63 million request to update and replace the Caltrans car fleet with vehicles that comply with California’s clean air regulations, an expenditure [PDF] that the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office thinks is imprudent . . . (more)
After more than a year of hard work, the story that began as my master’s thesis and turned into an investigative project for California Watch has finally been published. It ran on the front pages of the San Francisco Chronicle and the Bakersfield Californian, and is also available on the California Watch website. If you have a few minutes, please check out my article and the accompanying video:
As the state’s redevelopment agencies face being shut down under Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent budget proposal, the six-figure salaries some agency employees take home could come under increased scrutiny.
The state’s 400 redevelopment agencies are under intense public pressure to prove that they should continue to receive roughly $5 billion per year in property taxes to address blight. Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed eliminating the agencies to help close California’s $25 billion budget gap . . . Some redevelopment officials earn big money | California Watch.
Cockfighting is on the rise in California, one of the few states where first-time offenders are not charged with a felony for participating in the blood sport, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
Legislators say that making cockfighting a felony isn’t possible when the state already has a problem with overcrowded prisons.
Cockfighting statistics are difficult to compile, but animal rights advocates at theHumane Society have noted a significant increase in the number of cockfighting incidents reported by local law enforcement officials . . . (more)