| Sep 14, 2014
| 5:00 AM
To the editor: An oxymoron is a figure of speech producing an incongruous, self-contradictory effect, as in "employee retirement contribution." ("Pension spiking could cost CalPERS nearly $800 million," Sept. 9)
State Controller John Chiang's audit says...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 2:18 PM
A leaked early draft of state Controller John Chiang's audit of Stockton's finances found that more than half of the accounting controls investigated were ineffective and that Stockton leaders had missed warning signs, according to the Stockton Record....
| Aug 15, 2013
| 5:02 PM
SACRAMENTO -- California officials didn't include stricter rules in the contract for overhauling the state payroll system because they feared scaring companies away from the complex project, officials told a panel of lawmakers Thursday.
| May 8, 2013
| 10:57 AM
SACRAMENTO -- For nearly six years, California finances were so weak that officials needed to constantly shuffle money between state accounts to ensure there was enough cash to pay bills on time. They would take money out of one fund, use it to cover...
| May 22, 2013
| 11:12 AM
The new leadership in Bell deserves credit for ejecting corrupt city leaders, but if additional problems aren't fixed, the potential for mismanagement and fiscal crisis remains high, state Controller John Chiang said.
Chiang issued his final audit on...
| May 23, 2013
| 10:46 AM
The city of Bell could be on the hook for $4 million in legal fees for court cases stemming from its corruption scandal, according to a state audit.
Adding to the problems, the city is showing a possible negative balance in its general fund of $1.1...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 10:16 AM
SACRAMENTO -- Bill Lockyer, who has served in Sacramento for four decades as a legislator, attorney general and state treasurer, announced he will retire from elective office when his term expires in 2014.
Lockyer, a Democrat who was first elected to...
| Jun 30, 2013
| 11:57 AM
Los Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti and his wife, Amy Wakeland, attended Sunday morning services at First African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest black church in the city and a regular stop for local and national politicians.
| Jul 3, 2013
| 6:19 AM
SAN FRANCISCO -- Negotiations between Bay Area Rapid Transit management and two striking unions lasted through the night failed to produce an agreement, BART officials said Wednesday morning.
The two sides met until 3 a.m. Wednesday and will resume...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 10:15 AM
SACRAMENTO -- The battle over California's failed effort to upgrade its payroll system for public employees is heading to court.
Controller John Chiang on Thursday sued SAP Public Services, the contractor he fired in February after deep problems with...
| Dec 11, 2013
The conviction this week of former Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia for plundering the small working-class city of Bell to enrich herself — along with former City Manager Robert Rizzo's plea to 69 similar charges in October — closes one...