Archive for January 2nd, 2010

WashPost: Aughts were a lost decade for U.S. economy, workers

By Neil Irwin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, January 2, 2010

For most of the past 70 years, the U.S. economy has grown at a steady clip, generating perpetually higher incomes and wealth for American households. But since 2000, the story is starkly different.

The past decade was the worst for the U.S. economy in modern times, a sharp reversal from a long period of prosperity that is leading economists and policymakers to fundamentally rethink the underpinnings of the nation’s growth.

It was, according to a wide range of data, a lost decade for American workers. The decade began in a moment of triumphalism — there was a current of thought among economists in 1999 that recessions were a thing of the past. By the end, there were two, bookends to a debt-driven expansion that was neither robust nor sustainable.

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By Andrew McIntosh and Steve Wiegand
Published: Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Tens of thousands of state workers began the new year Friday unsure whether to be happy about the prospect of a bigger paycheck in 2010 – or fear the prospect of a pink slip.

The uncertainty emanates from decisions handed down Thursday in three cases challenging Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s decision last year to furlough about 200,000 state workers three days a month – tantamount to a 14 percent pay cut.

Alameda Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch ruled that the governor’s “emergency” actions, designed to help stem the state’s flood of budgetary red ink, were legally flawed, although he did not address the issue of reimbursing workers for lost wages.

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SBSun: Supes to check out energy ideas regarding landfills

Staff Reports
Posted: 01/01/2010 06:24:52 PM PST

County-owned landfills could become the sites of solar arrays, wind turbines and other generators of renewable energy.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors agreed in December to see proposals from companies that would build renewable energy projects on top of more than 3,000 acres of county-owned landfill property.

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CapitolNotes: 9 Stories To Watch In ’10

January 2, 2010

Posted By John Myers
Filed Under CA Budget, CA Government, CA Politics, Elections

Rather than the standard year in review, it’s hopefully more worthwhile to make note of a few of the sagas from the world of California government and politics in 2009 that are likely to keep playing out long past the switching of calendars… in a sense, gifts that keep on giving.

So while you rest up from the merrymaking, consider these nine stories to watch in 2010.

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RivPE: Proponents struggle to find success in Inland recalls

10:00 PM PST on Friday, January 1, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

A group of San Jacinto residents seeking to recall four of the city’s five council members may be facing an uphill battle if other efforts to oust Inland politicians in recent years are any indication.

In the past 10 years or so, there have been at least 16 recall attempts in the region with less than a third resulting in a recall election. Only one council member, Murrieta’s Jack van Haaster, was ousted from office.

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