| Jun 27, 2014
I got a call this week from a former math teacher who wanted to talk about the bad math involved in the huge public employee pension increases granted by our state Legislature and Gov. Tom Ridge in 2001. I'm more......
| Jul 3, 2014
Breaking news: The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that subsidized health care premiums for retired state employees are protected under the Illinois Constitution, signaling potential trouble for an overhaul of pension benefits that’s also being...
| Sep 16, 2014
| 4:37 PM
What to do about our state's worst-in-the-nation pension liability?
Gov. Pat Quinn says he doesn't need a "Plan B" to address the problem because he believes the Illinois Supreme Court will uphold the pension reform law he signed in December.
| Sep 14, 2014
| 9:39 AM
Getting a flag from the federal government wouldn't have provided much consolation for the family of the U.S. Postal Service employee who was shot to death last year on his route in Prince George's County.
But June Barnette, a great-uncle of Tyson...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 2:52 PM
At the last Costa Mesa City Council meeting, I was pleased to see savings of more than $1 million result from negotiations with employees. The transparency of COIN confirmed this success.
COIN, the Civic Openness in Negotiations ordinance, requires...
| May 13, 2013
| 10:58 AM
With Memorial Day weekend around the corner, there are deals and “steals” vying for travelers’ attention. Here are some that caught our eye, including deals for military members and government employees to take a well-deserved vacation...
| Aug 29, 2013
Re "Garcetti's DWP test," Editorial, Aug. 25
Your discussion of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's negotiating strength glossed over the interesting and relatively unique position the mayor finds himself in: to wit, a Democrat elected to office with no...
| Jun 5, 2013
Sometimes L.A. politics seem like patty-cake, but when Brian D'Arcy gets in the game, the game gets serious. He's a third-generation union man, and the union he heads, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18, is the DWP's biggest...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 6:25 PM
RICHMOND — Federal prosecutors filed criminal corruption charges against former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on Tuesday, saying they used his office for their own gain.
Hours later, McDonnell accused prosecutors of a false and...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 8:42 AM
City of Fort Lauderdale employees are being trained this week by two police detectives in how to handle an active shooter.
It's a first for the city, city spokesman Chaz Adams said.
"With the rise in active shooter incidents across the country,'' said...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 1:07 PM
Mothers trying to feed infants, veterans awaiting disability claims, scientists midway through medical research projects -- these are among the people and the work that have been harmed by the government shutdown.
In a research lab in east Baltimore,...