News Clips

Our running list of CA Fwd news coverage, alongside selected items on reform in California.

California looking to recycled water to ease drought concerns

At two treatment plants in El Dorado Hills, millions of gallons of brown wastewater pour in every week, and millions of gallons of clean water pour out through purple pipes that irrigate the lawns of 4,000 homes. Read more

Former Bell city leader Robert Rizzo to be sentenced

Residents of the modest, blue collar city of Bell on the edge of Los Angeles say no sentence would be too long for a former official convicted of masterminding a corruption scandal that nearly bankrupted the city. Former City Manager Robert Rizzo could face as many as 12 years in prison when he is sentenced Wednesday by Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy. Read more

State Controller’s audit finds Cudahy spending was out of control

There were virtually no controls over spending of taxpayer dollars by city officials in Cudahy, state Controller John Chiang said in an audit released Tuesday. The audit found city leaders misspent millions of dollars in state and federal grants and misallocated some $22 million dollars in redevelopment funds. Cudahy is a small city— just barely more than one square mile — with 24,000 residents in Southeast L.A. County. Read more

Steinberg plan would dedicate California cap-and-trade dollars to housing, transit

In an effort to more closely manage how California spends revenue from its fledgling cap-and-trade program, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, on Monday unveiled a plan to dedicate ongoing money to affordable housing, mass transit and high-speed rail. Read more

Top-two primary might be bad for small-party candidates

When California voters decided to change the way the state's primary elections work, the move was cast as an effort to moderate a state Capitol gripped by polarization. Read more

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