| Feb 27, 2014
| 2:15 PM
SACRAMENTO — Joseph A. Dear, the chief investment officer who helped guide California's and the country's largest public pension fund out of the Great Recession, has died. He was 62.
Dear died Wednesday in Sacramento after battling prostate cancer...
| May 6, 2014
| 8:53 PM
What, you may wonder, does the state controller do? Among other things, he or she serves as the state's fiscal watchdog, keeps track of the checkbook, helps administer the California Public Employees' Retirement System and the California State Teachers'...
| May 13, 2014
| 9:21 PM
The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday held a study session on the city's nearly $140-million preliminary budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, an amount that includes about $19 million in proposed capital improvements.
The budget, which faces final...
| May 16, 2014
The California state treasurer is charged with investing the state's money and selling its bonds. That's not quite as sweeping as it sounds. The Legislature and voters actually decide what projects to sell bonds for, and there are numerous constraints...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 3:03 PM
Our City Council likes to brag how we are spending millions of dollars on parkland services. But, nearly 90% of the parkland money comes from grants by the county, state or federal government. Thus, only 10% comes from the city’s General Fund....
| Mar 2, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Southern California home building is stuck at historic lows, one of many factors conspiring against middle-class buyers in a recovery marked by high prices and low supply.
Despite explosive price gains last year, builders and their Wall Street...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 9:05 PM
The highest-paid pensioner in California's largest retirement system continues to receive more than $500,000 annually, even though officials promised almost two years ago his retirement pay would be dramatically cut.
After an angry state senator...
| Mar 27, 2014
Re “Couple shocked by 90% rate hikes,” Column, March 25
Change the names from “Mike and Judy Holtzman” to “Norm and Susan
Zareski” and from “John Hancock” to “CalPERS,” and my wife and I could...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 5:30 PM
MONCURE, N.C. -- Regulators in North Carolina cited Duke Energy on Friday for a crack in an earthen dam holding back coal ash slurry at a retired coal-burning plant, where the utility was cited March 20 for illegally dumping coal ash waste into the Cape...
| Mar 3, 2014
Approaching retirement, Ventura County Chief Executive Marty Robinson was earning $228,000 a year.
To boost her pension, which would be based on her final salary, Robinson cashed out nearly $34,000 in unused vacation pay, an $11,000 bonus for having...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 2:29 PM
Integrity is essential to public service and is something achieved over a long period of time, a Costa Mesa City Council candidate stressed during a conservative candidates forum Thursday evening.
"I believe that the old man who's running for City...