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As California property values rise, owners see big tax bill hikes

May 20, 2014

The revival of California’s economy and a rising housing market mean some hefty property tax increases for homeowners, the Legislature’s budget analyst believes. When property values were dropping sharply during recession, county tax assessors adjusted tax rolls downward, which then lowered property tax bills. Many property owners also applied for reductions. Read more here from The Sacramento Bee.  

Cost of bullet train increases $1 billion

May 20, 2014

The estimated cost of building a key Central Valley segment of the California bullet train has increased by nearly $1 billion from the original estimate, based on figures in an environmental impact statement approved by the rail agency Wednesday. The estimate, prepared for the state by a team led by San Francisco-based engineering firm URS […]

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KQED launching ‘Pricecheck’ to make healthcare costs more transparent

June 30, 2014

Say you’re shopping for a new computer or a new car, and you want to get the best price. Within a matter of minutes on Google, you would have a pretty good idea of the price range for the product you want. But when it comes to healthcare this luxury or free-market principle doesn’t exist. […]

Judge vows to send Orange County official to prison

June 30, 2014

A public works director used his position to rake in millions while he drove an Orange County city close to bankruptcy. The transportation chief oversaw a $650-million plan rail project as Placentia’s public works director while simultaneously earning a lucrative salary as a consultant on the rail project, Becker’s original consulting contract guaranteed him $4.5 […]

AFP TV Ad Holds Rep. Peters Accountable for ObamaCare Position

October 25, 2013

Group will continue to let “activists voice their frustration on the ground and on the airwaves,” says director Spady. SAN DIEGO — Today Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s largest advocate for health care freedom, announced the launch of a new television ad in California’s 52nd district holding Rep. Scott Peters accountable for his support of […]