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May 07, 2017

The revelation that the University of California president’s office kept $175 million in secret funds and paid executives and staff extra-fat salaries has led state lawmakers to wag their fingers furiously at UC leaders in recent days.

Some held a hearing. Others called for subpoenas. One proposed a new law.

But unlike California State University — where lawmakers can order changes to how CSU does business — UC is largely immune to the wishes of the Legislature.

May 02, 2017

SACRAMENTO — An effort to change the state Constitution that would tie University of California tuition increases and low-level employee wages to the number of UC administrators paid more than the governor has been launched by Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton.

Galgiani introduced her amendment proposal Monday with the goal of letting California voters have a say in the university’s budget priorities. The local legislator is downright angry about UC’s latest plan to increase student tuition.

April 28, 2017

If you are tired of reading about the repeated parole hearings from the 1979 murders of Modesto residents Phil and Kathy Ranzo, just think how tired and emotionally drained the Ranzo family members must feel every time they attend one.

April 27, 2017

The Orange County Register


While discussing California’s loss of manufacturing jobs, a colleague once quipped that at the rate we’re going, the only factory jobs left in this state will be at The Cheesecake Factory.

April 25, 2017

In wake of Aerojet, Central Valley lawmakers push to extend tax break for manufacturers - Sacramento Business Journal

Victor A. Patton | Sacramento Business Journal

Taxpayer groups and business advocates joined a pair of Central Valley legislators at the state Capitol Monday to support a pair of bills they say would expand a tax break for manufacturers and help retain jobs statewide.

April 20, 2017

Manteca Bulletin

By Dennis Wyatt/Executive Editor

State Senator Cathleen Galgiani is making a push to secure $100 million to provide mandated 200-year flood protection for Lathrop as well as part of Manteca and Stockton.

April 19, 2017

By Kyla Cathey/Lodi Living Editor

The state Legislature recently voted to hike gas taxes and vehicle fees by just over $5 billion per year in California.

Proceeds from the tax will go to repairing California’s highways and bridges, as well as boosting transportation projects throughout the state.

That goes for Lodi, too.

April 14, 2017

Turlock Journal

By: Dennis Wyatt

Jerry Brown is shrewd.

How shrewd is he?

In order to get passage of the 43 percent gas tax hike and the surcharge registration last week to generate $52 billion to address California’s growing backlog of road and bridge maintenance a deal was struck using $927 million in “pork”.

April 11, 2017

By: Michael Fitzgerald

Record Columnist

Finally, the state will fix roads, thanks to the passage of a big transportation bill. And, look! An earmark for the San Joaquin Valley! SB1 includes a $400 million upgrade to ACE.

The Altamont Commuter Express train will extend down to Ceres (by Modesto) and Merced. This is good for them but also us. We’ll get bogged down less in Altamont traffic jams.

March 15, 2017

DSS continues to improper checks 3 years after KCRA investigation, state law


State auditors found that California does a poor job of screening social services workers and sometimes allows people with previous arrests or convictions to work in facilities that care for children, adults and seniors.