Archive for May 8th, 2015

Lou Desmond

Friday, May 8, 2015 – 04:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Ed Hoffman joins Lou in the bunker! They discuss the low labor participation in the U.S. today. It’s near record lows. How can so many afford to be out of the labor force?

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Golden Gate Bridge Panorama

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/07/15 – 12:47 PM PDT |

The average pension for a retired San Bernardino County employee who put in 30 or more years was $88,000 in 2014, and three county retirees pull in more than $300,000 a year in benefits, according to Transparent California, a government watchdog organization that tracks salary and other compensation data of public employees.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 7, 2015

A political war over taxes that’s been brewing for nearly four decades finally erupted Thursday – maybe.

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grand_jury

By Melanie Mason
May 7, 2015

The state Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would prohibit grand juries from weighing in on cases of deadly shootings or excessive force by police.

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Taxes

May 7, 2015
Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com

A coalition of public employee unions and other liberal groups, including many churches, launched a campaign Thursday to alter Proposition 13, California’s iconic property tax limit, and raise billions of dollars by hiking taxes on commercial property.

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U-T San Diego: $85M deal to combine U-T, LA Times

newspaper-future

Purchase agreement signed today by Tribune Publishing; papers to remain separate brands

By Dan McSwain
May 7, 2015 – 4:01 p.m.

The owner of the Los Angeles Times has agreed to buy U-T San Diego, combining two of Southern California’s oldest and most recognizable media companies, executives announced Thursday.

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Mobile phone simulating call to German Chancellor Merkel next to a tablet showing the logo of NSA is seen in picture illustration taken in Frankfurt

A federal appeals court panel ruling declares the NSA’s phone data collection program illegal.

By David Lauter, David S. Cloud and Lisa Mascaro
May 7, 2015

The National Security Agency does not have legal authority to secretly collect and store data on all U.S. telephone calls, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, calling the highly classified surveillance program “an unprecedented contraction of the privacy expectations of all Americans.”

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