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New Year, new challenges for California taxpayers

By Jon Coupal | “There are better things ahead than any we leave behind,” wrote author C.S. Lewis, one of the many thoughts about how a New Year brings hope. As great as Lewis was, he wasn’t a California taxpayer … Continue reading

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FPPC ups the ante on illegal campaign expenditures

By Jon Coupal | Over the last several years, this column has exposed multiple instances of government entities using taxpayer dollars for political advocacy, a practice that is illegal under both state and federal law.  Because progress in stopping these … Continue reading

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Marin group named ‘Taxpayer Organization of the Year’ by HJTA

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, California’s most influential taxpayer-advocacy organization, has named Marin’s Coalition of Sensible Taxpayers (CO$T) as “Taxpayer Organization of the Year” for 2018. HJTA annually recognizes outstanding effort by a local taxpayer organization or leader. CO$T is a … Continue reading

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Intemperance Union

By Carl M. Cannon | Good morning, it’s Thursday, December 27, 2018. Another eventful — if not altogether reassuring — political year is winding to a close. The federal budget process remains a mess, and I’m not even talking about … Continue reading

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New study confirms business flight from California is accelerating

By Jon Coupal| The evidence is more than anecdotal. According to a recent study, business flight out of California has accelerated to an unprecedented level. In 2016, the year for which the most recent data is available, 1,800 businesses moved … Continue reading

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An update on Paulette Marshall Chaffee’s plea in campaign sign theft case

Earlier today a post here citing the Orange County Register reported that she had pleaded not guilty on Tuesday. Today the Register reported that on Thursday she changed her plea to guilty: The wife of former Fullerton Mayor Doug Chaffee, … Continue reading

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Paulette Marshall Chaffee pleads not guilty in campaign sign theft case

From today’s Orange County Register: Former Fullerton council candidate Paulette Marshall-Chaffee pleaded not guilty Tuesday, Dec. 18, to two misdemeanor counts of petty theft. Marshall-Chaffee, who is also the wife of supervisor-elect and former Fullerton Councilman Doug Chaffee, faces allegations that … Continue reading

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CalPERS investment returns are in negative territory

The system has lost 1.9% during the five-month period beginning July 1 By Randy Diamond, Chief Investment Officer | The investment returns for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) are in the red so far for the 12-month fiscal … Continue reading

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Tonight’s city council meeting agenda

To read or download tonight’s detailed council meeting agenda, please click here (pdf). The public participation portion of the meeting begins at 6:30 with presentations and awards. Actual city business normally doesn’t start until 7:00 or 7:30 . . . … Continue reading

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What the high-speed rail audit really means

By Jon Coupal | Although the midterm election was held on November 6th, the news media was absorbed for several weeks with undecided close races and the strength of the “blue wave,” especially here in California. Perhaps that is why … Continue reading

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