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OPINION: Is it time for California pension reformers to close shop?

Investigative reporter Steven Greenhut asks in Watchdog.org whether pension reform advocates should give up on their important efforts. While unions have won recent lawsuits, Greenhut says the general public supports pension reform, which is needed to reduce excesses and prevent further municipal bankruptcies.

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OPINION: The One-Way Political Spending of the Teacher Unions

Larry Sand of the California Teachers Empowerment Network writes in the UnionWatch blog that teachers unions overwhelmingly donate to liberal causes and Democratic candidates even though a large number of their members are conservative. Sand invites teachers to opt out of funding their union's political work.

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OPINION: With a ‘Surplus,’ California Resembles a Banana Republic

Mira Mesa Town Council Board Member John Horst writes in the Times of San Diego that California policymakers fail to adequately manage the state's finances. Horst says the state suffers from deceptive accounting and volatile revenues and recommends a reduction in taxes and the size of government.

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NEWS: A Crazy California Union Scandal

Many workers at a California family farm are upset because they feel the union supposedly advocating on their behalf does not represent their views and is bullying them into accepting a contract they do not want, reports The Daily Beast. Workers have filed a lawsuit urging results of a vote on whether to reject the union be made public.

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NEWS: San Diego’s Special Hotel Tax Levy Held to Be Unconstitutional

A state appeals court ruled San Diego violated Propositions 13 and 218 by imposing a special tax without the required two thirds vote, reports the Metropolitan News-Enterprise. San Diego had created a special district and allowed property owners to vote on the tax, but the California Constitution requires all voters be given the opportunity to vote in such an election.

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