When the first photos surfaced of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib being abused and humiliated by their U.S. military captors, a ranking Army officer said, “You’re looking at the idiots who could cost us this war.” Read More
Gov. Jerry Brown’s new budget says the state’s shaky finances are “exacerbated by an unprecedented level of debts, deferrals and budgetary obligations,” which he describes as “a wall of debt.”However, California’s debt, much of it run up over the past decade, is more like a mountain, at least a Mount Whitney and perhaps a Mount Everest. Read More
For more than a quarter-century, California-based outdoor apparel company Patagonia has contributed 1 percent of its gross revenues to environmental causes and lived by a corporate mission that compels it to make the best products that do the least harm. Read More
California principals are facing shrinking budgets and mounting responsibilities to lead teachers and keep schools running — creating competing pressures that may make the job untenable, a study has found.
Principals reported working 60 and sometimes 70 hours a week. As budget cuts thinned the ranks of support staff, they juggled roles as teachers, community liaisons, nurses, athletic directors, crisis managers and budget gurus. Read More
As we start the new year, San Francisco appears united to take on jobs and the economy. Read More
The California Department of Finance has confirmed that the state’s fiscal year revenues through June will be $2.2 billion short of expectations, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown to implement $1 billion in budget cuts.
These cuts include a $258 million busing subsidy, $320 million from public universities, $200 million in programs for the elderly and disabled, and $79.6 million from public schools — equal to half a day of schooling. Read More
Call it the half-percent solution. While they differ — a lot — in details, there is one fairly consistent theme in the competing proposals to raise Californians’ taxes: They assume increases in the range of $6 billion to $10 billion per year. Read More
The Army kid who seemingly was responsible for one of the worst national security breaches in U.S. history is, to quote the poet Kris Kristofferson, “a walking contradiction,” who isn’t quite sure who or what he is. Read More
On April 11, 2000, the Giants opened their new ballpark. Even before it opened, it was heralded as “the miracle on Third Street.” But there’s another miracle on Third Street, just a few blocks north of AT&T Park, that’s celebrating its 30th anniversary this month. It’s called the Moscone Center.
On Dec. 2, 1981, the Moscone Center opened to great fanfare. A few days later on Dec. 6, it welcomed its first convention group — the American Academy of Dermatologists. Read More
California’s public schools received a rare bit of good news Tuesday when Gov. Jerry Brown largely exempted them from automatic reductions in state aid, citing improvements in the economy.However, Brown’s declaration that the economy is getting better and he doesn’t have to squeeze all automatic spending-cut “triggers” also lessened the air of crisis and therefore complicated Brown’s efforts to persuade voters to raise taxes next year. Read More