I love the internet. I can be here in Hvar, Croatia, on holiday, with an espresso in one hand and gelato in the other, meanwhile reading the latest newsworthy bits about California. Cafe wi-fi is sweet. Yachts pull up and depart, as a steady stream of Italians and Croats from Split and Zagreb sit in

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Folks in Sacramento call it The Lake. You may know it as Tahoe. The nation’s second deepest lake, the summer Tahoe features a handful of snowy peaks and mahogany Gar Wood and Carlo Riva “woodie” runabout boats as well as gorgeous hiking and biking trails and classic watering holes. It’s here, at nearby Squaw Valley,

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There’s word today that Governor Schwarzenegger is threatening a third state employee furlough day. Despite “user funding”, only some SCIF employees are currently exempted from thecurrent two day furlough. A three day furlough would further slow business at the state’s Workers’ CompensationAppeals Boards. User funding is not saving the WCAB from pain. As of Friday

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Is California fatally dysfunctional? If so, is the problem that we have too many people with too many needs that are too reliant on the state for help? That we’ve ramped up too many programs that we can’t pay for? Or that we haven’t developed a workable revenue stream, since a large percentage of state

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The sale of part of SCIF may really be on. That’s the word today. Times are bad for the state budget. But dismembering-or crippling-SCIF is a terrible idea, even if it’s in the laudatory service of saving some other worthy state programs. Kudos to J. Dale Debber for uncovering the story. It’s a must read,

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