| Oct 24, 2013
| 8:37 PM
Unfunded public employee pensions and city bankruptcy filings are daily news.
Why do cities make headlines when our local Orange County schools are at risk to the tune of $6.2 billion? If you don't believe me, check out http://www.calpers.ca.gov and...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 4:40 PM
Thumbs down on Major League Baseball for starting so many playoff and World Series games after 8 p.m., too late for children — the audience of tomorrow — to watch more than a couple of innings. Baseball survives despite the people who run it....
| Nov 2, 2013
| 7:03 PM
WASHINGTON — The killing of a TSA screener in Los Angeles is symptomatic of a growing antipathy toward government workers and TSA personnel in particular, experts said Saturday.
Specialists on hate crimes and union officials decried what they said...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 6:00 PM
Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides thought winning election as a Republican in a Democrat-dominated city would be hard. "The entire state was against me," he said.
Governing has been even tougher.
In the five months since his 59-vote victory,...
| Apr 19, 2014
| 4:27 PM
Tina Bahadori says a career at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given her the chance to achieve something that 25 years in the private sector didn't offer: a legacy.
Bahadori's years working for consulting, advocacy and lobbying firms...
| Apr 20, 2014
Editor's note: This is part of a daily series exploring specific line items in state and local budgets.
RICHMOND – It will cost an estimated $1.35 billion next year to provide health insurance for 293,500 state and local government employees,...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 5:03 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel still wants to raise Chicago property taxes as part of a plan to shore up city pension systems, but he no longer is asking state lawmakers to do the dirty work.
Faced with blistering criticism from Gov. Pat Quinn and significant...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 10:55 PM
A veteran Los Angeles building inspector sentenced last month to prison in an FBI corruption case will continue to receive a yearly pension of more than $72,000, according to a high-level retirement official.
Samuel In, 66, pleaded guilty last year,...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Perhaps lawmakers and federal employees should be less concerned about themselves and more concerned about the morale of their employers, the American taxpayers ("Half of federal workforce considering private sector," Feb. 23).
Lawmakers passed the...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 4:48 PM
From metal detectors to ID checks, visitors entering agency headquarters and large federal facilities in and around the nation's capital are subjected to intense security — so much so that they're often warned to leave extra time to get through...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 6:01 PM
The first face-to-face meeting of the general election campaign featured Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn likened his opponent to a “virus” who attacks union rights and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner countering that the governor repeatedly had...