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Dec 4, 2012

California oyster farm sues U.S. government to keep business

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 4 (Reuters) – A California oyster farm on
Tuesday sued the federal government, challenging a U.S. Interior
Department decision last week to end its 40-year lease on public
land.

The suit by the Drakes Bay Oyster Company, located on land
an hour north of San Francisco, pits environmentalists eager to
create the first West Coast marine wilderness outside Alaska
against sustainable and local agriculture groups who see the
operation as striking the ideal balance between using and
preserving nature.

Nov 30, 2012

Shuck and awe: California oyster farm loses to environmentalists

INVERNESS, California (Reuters) – In the famously liberal and prosperous enclave of Marin County, California, environmentalists and local food fans usually line up on the same side of any given cause. The oyster, however, has managed to cleave them far apart.

The U.S. government sided with environmental groups on Thursday with its decision to shut down a 40-year-old Northern California oyster farm in an attempt to restore wilderness.

Nov 28, 2012

Exclusive: Calpers triggers legal fight with bankrupt San Bernardino over pension debt

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – America’s biggest public pension moved aggressively against the bankrupt city of San Bernardino, California, on Tuesday night over the city’s decision to halt payments to the fund.

The move laid bare a high-stakes battle shaping up between Wall Street and state pension funds over how they are treated when cities run out of money.

Nov 28, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: Calpers triggers legal fight with bankrupt San Bernardino over pension debt

LOS ANGELES, Nov 28 (Reuters) – America’s biggest public
pension moved aggressively against the bankrupt city of San
Bernardino, California, on Tuesday night over the city’s
decision to halt payments to the fund.

The move laid bare a high-stakes battle shaping up between
Wall Street and state pension funds over how they are treated
when cities run out of money.

Nov 27, 2012

ACLU sues over policy barring women from ground combat

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The American Civil Liberties Union sued on Tuesday on behalf of four U.S. servicewomen to challenge a longstanding policy barring women from thousands of ground combat positions, citing the changing nature of warfare and fairness for career soldiers.

The civil rights group argued in a legal complaint filed in federal court in Northern California that a military policy to bar women from combat roles on the basis of gender was unconstitutional.

Nov 18, 2012

Super-rich flight from California? Not so fast

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Warnings that a new millionaires’ tax would send California’s wealthy stampeding for the state line began before the results were final. But the super-rich may well stand their ground.

“Anyone know a good realtor in Incline Village?” Aaron McLear, the spokesman for California’s anti-tax campaign, tweeted early the morning of November 7 as the votes against his cause streamed in. Nevada’s Incline Village shares mountain Lake Tahoe with California, and has no income tax.

Nov 8, 2012

Insight: California Democrats amass control over unruly state

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California just became a one-party state.

Governor Jerry Brown and his Democratic allies on Tuesday won a mandate that might be the envy of President Barack Obama, turning the nation’s bluest state into one in which Democrats will likely have all but complete political control.

Voters approved a tax hike championed by Brown and soundly rejected a measure that would have gutted union political power. Perhaps most importantly, if initial vote totals hold in several very close legislative races as the final absentee ballots are counted, they will have handed Democrats supermajority control of both houses of the state legislature for the first time in 79 years.

Nov 8, 2012

California Democrats amass control over unruly state

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 8 (Reuters) – California just became a
one-party state.

Governor Jerry Brown and his Democratic allies on Tuesday
won a mandate that might be the envy of President Barack Obama,
turning the nation’s bluest state into one in which Democrats
will likely have all but complete political control.

Voters approved a tax hike championed by Brown and soundly
rejected a measure that would have gutted union political power.
Perhaps most importantly, if initial vote totals hold in several
very close legislative races as the final absentee ballots are
counted, they will have handed Democrats supermajority control
of both houses of the state legislature for the first time in 79
years.

Nov 6, 2012

California watchdog only halfway to bottom of $11 million donation

SAN FRANCISCO, California (Reuters) – An Arizona-based nonprofit group that gave $11 million to two ballot proposition campaigns in California was forced by court order on Monday to reveal the organizational source of the money, but the individuals behind the donation remain a mystery.

The group, Americans for Responsible Leadership, which has fought to keep the identity of its financial backers secret, complied with a California Supreme Court ruling by revealing that its contribution originated from a second entity known as Americans for Job Security, a pro-business advocacy organization.

Nov 5, 2012

California watchdog only half-way to bottom of Arizona donation

SAN FRANCISCO, California (Reuters) – An Arizona-based nonprofit group that gave $11 million to two ballot proposition campaigns in California was forced by court order on Monday to reveal the organizational source of the money, but the individuals behind the donation remain a mystery.

The group Americans for Responsible Leadership, which has fought to keep the identity of its financial backers secret, complied with a California Supreme Court ruling by revealing that its contribution originated from a second entity known as Americans for Job Security, a pro-business advocacy organization.

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