There’s no single reason why California, once a model of fiscal probity, finds itself with an intractable budget crisis.
Rather, it’s been budgetary death by a thousand cuts — countless single-purpose decisions over several decades by voters and politicians to either increase spending or reduce revenues, eventually resulting in what Capitol bean counters call a “structural deficit.” Read More
San Mateo County law enforcement agencies are making progress against teen drinking with a twice-a-week decoy sting operation targeting stores and individuals that sell alcohol to underage drinkers.
From July 2007 to June 2008 the team made 154 misdemeanor arrests during 21 operations.
Still, nearly four-fifths of county 11th-graders and two-thirds of ninth-graders said it was fairly easy to get alcohol. Read More