Gentry: Marketing and Preparing for Electoral Victory

Doris Gentry joins our monthly CLEO call to discuss marketing yourself for an electoral victory. Listen below.   Slide Deck Winning Campaigns CLEO · Marketing Yourself For Reelection

Barke: Deeper Dive Podcast

CLEO director, Mari Barke, agreed to be a guest on KCSG’s “A Deeper Dive” podcast. Listen below!  

Manhattan Beach firefighter pay averages over $300,000 per year

There is now a $300,000 club for California’s firefighters. In the City of Manhattan Beach during 2018, the average pay and benefits for a full time firefighter were $300,242. While the Manhattan Beach firefighters, at least through 2018, belong to an exclusive club, twelve California cities pay their firefighters over $250,000 per year, and 69 […]

Yorba Linda measure a rebuke to Cronyism

Yorba Linda measure a rebuke to cronyism – Orange County Register

A New Approach to Pension Reform – How to Prepare

Between 1999 and 2007, most city and county governments enacted retroactive pension benefit increases that more than doubled their pension costs with no end in sight. Cities and counties have been fighting back in court with some success. One legal challenge raised most recently against Sonoma County is based on California Government Code Section 7507, […]

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Pleasanton reviews options for confronting unfunded pension liabilities

From PleasantonWeekly.com: There are many reasons the city of Pleasanton — along with scores of other public employers throughout California, including the Pleasanton Unified School District — are staring down higher retiree costs. The four primary causes, according to Bartel, are CalPERS investment losses during and after the recession, enhanced retirement benefits given to employees, […]

Janus v. AFSCME oral arguments set for Feb. 26 

It’s time for the U.S. Supreme Court to restore government workers’ First Amendment rights to free speech and freedom of association. No government worker should be forced to pay for union politics as a condition of employment.   Washington, D.C. (Dec. 20, 2017) – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear oral arguments […]

Privatized Prosecutions Are Coming To California

Across America there are harrowing tales of public agencies using private firms to enforce laws and ordinances. From the troubling IRS privatizing collections of past-due taxes, to the more sinister “alternatives to incarceration” industry, or the terrifying “ex-parte guardianship” scam, exploitative public/private partnerships abound. Often the potential for corruption and abuse is huge, as a supposedly […]