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Jul 21, 2012

Stockton made scant headway in U.S. pre-bankruptcy talks

SAN FRANCISCO, July 20 (Reuters) – Stockton, California, the
largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy, never came close to
striking deals with key creditors in talks before it sought
court protection, the city disclosed on Friday in documents
illustrating its stark choices.

The city’s bond insurers snubbed proposals from managers of
the city of nearly 300,000 in California’s Central Valley, where
crime and unemployment have soared as the housing market fell.
Retired city employees and fire and police unions over three
months made some headway, but in the end the only tentative
deals were with six other unions.

Jun 22, 2012
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Jun 8, 2012
Jun 8, 2012

Insight: California’s Brown set for fight over pension reform

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California’s Democrat Governor Jerry Brown heard a clarion call for his party to take on state pensions in the overwhelming passage of retirement reforms by the second and third biggest cities in the state, San Diego and San Jose.

The message did not resonate as strongly in the statehouse where fellow Democrats rule, though.

Jun 8, 2012

California’s Brown set for fight over pension reform

SAN FRANCISCO, June 8 (Reuters) – California’s Democrat
Governor Jerry Brown heard a clarion call for his party to take
on state pensions in the overwhelming passage of retirement
reforms by the second and third biggest cities in the state, San
Diego and San Jose.

The message did not resonate as strongly in the statehouse
where fellow Democrats rule, though.

Jun 6, 2012

California cities look set to pass pension reform

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Two of California’s biggest cities were on the verge of adopting sweeping pension reform plans on Tuesday, with early election results showing measures in both cities passing by 2-1 margins.

Voters in San Diego, second in population to Los Angeles, favored moving new employees to plans similar to private-sector 401(k)s, instead of pensions with guaranteed benefits.

Jun 5, 2012
Jun 5, 2012
Jun 5, 2012

California gay marriage case looks headed to Supreme Court

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals cleared the way on Tuesday for the Supreme Court to consider California’s gay marriage ban, declining an appeal to revisit the case.

Supporters of the 2008 ban, Proposition 8, have lost two rounds in federal court but have made clear they will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and hope for a favorable response from the conservative-leaning court.

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