Take Two for December 14, 2012

California Governor Jerry Brown Unveils State Pension Reform Program
First, just as California's budget woes appear to be on the mend as we pull out of the recession, comes some bad news.A report issued today by National Association of State Budget Offices warns that spiraling health care costs and reduced federal aid means the state will continue to have to make cuts in its programs.
School Bonds - 1

School building boom: Are districts facing a bond debt problem? (Photos)

To finance new facilities, California schools are taking on billions of dollars in debt using financing tools that some state officials say should be banned, but schools argue it’s a good deal.
US United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice Speaks To The Press After Meeting On Syria

Friday Flashback: Susan Rice, fiscal cliff, medical marijuana

Heidi Moore, U.S. finance and economics editor for the Guardian and Jim Rainey, political columnist for the Los Angeles Times chew on the week's big stories, including Susan Rice's decision not to pursue a post as Secretary of State, the status of the fiscal cliff crisis, and can the federal government have the resources to enforce medical marijuana restrictions?
Living With Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment

'Living with Guns' author calls for compromise on gun control

In "Living with Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment," former NY Times reporter Craig R. Whitney highlights the need for an effective discussion from both sides about gun control.
Stormwater Initiative - 1
LA County wants to shift its strategy for controlling stormwater pollution, and it wants homeowners to foot the bill. A vote-by-mail election could be set for March.
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