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The Big Game: Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Defeat, Bears Style

The Big Game: Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Defeat, Bears Style

BERKELEY, CA–Twiddling around twitter on Friday, I stumbled across a vintage story on the Big Game: the 117-year rivalry between Cal and Stanford. The 1990 tale spun a yarn about how Cal students tricked Stanford into canceling its own Big Game bonfire. It

Confessions of a Poll Worker–No, Not That Kind

Confessions of a Poll Worker–No, Not That Kind

In a rabid fit of misguided pat-tree-uh-tism, I signed up to be a volunteer poll worker.  I was tasked with the Casa de Cadillac beat on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks. They were hard up for warm bodies, and I

Stockton Bankruptcy Ruling Backs away from Pension Reform

Stockton Bankruptcy Ruling Backs away from Pension Reform

Jack Dean likes to tell the story of Prichard, Alabama, a city that declared bankruptcy not once, but twice. “They were warned that the pension fund was running dry, and in 2009, it ran dry,” says Dean. “So they stopped

Central Valley Farmers Refuse to Give up Fight vs. High-Speed Rail

Central Valley Farmers Refuse to Give up Fight vs. High-Speed Rail

Frank Oliveira says that he and a group of Central Valley farmers who oppose Gov. Jerry Brown’s “bullet train” plan are getting really good at playing whack-a-mole.  The co-chair of Citizens for California High-Speed Rail Accountability (CCHSRA) says that with

Stockton Ruling Could Prompt More CA Cities to Declare Bankruptcy

Stockton Ruling Could Prompt More CA Cities to Declare Bankruptcy

A federal bankruptcy judge’s ruling in the Stockton bankruptcy case Wednesday may trigger more municipal bankruptcies in California and stoke benefit changes at the bargaining table, according to some of the nation’s leading pension watchdogs.  The decision, by Judge Christopher