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Apr 17, 2014 12:17pm

The Pismo Beach City Council voted 3 to 0 Monday to settle a lawsuit targeting its use of prayer during council meetings. Council members Kris Vardas and Mary Ann Reiss were absent for the vote.

Under the terms of the settlement, the city chaplain position will be eliminated and all forms of prayer will be discontinued. The city has also agreed to pay plaintiffs Dr. Sari Dworkin and the Freedom From Religion...

Apr 17, 2014 12:15pm

When it comes to happiness, there’s no doubt that some cities have a little extra pep in their step. Now, the financial site CreditDonkey.com is here to show you exactly which California cities rank highest on their list of bliss.

CreditDonkey.com looked at four main factors when determining the 10 happiest cities in California. These include freedom to change jobs, wages, work start time, and “a reasonable, non-stressful commute.”

The study relied on U.S. Census data, showing unemployment rates and per capita annual household income, to compile the list. The results were as...

Apr 17, 2014 12:12pm

The ongoing controversy surrounding the Sriracha hot sauce factory in Irwindale heated up last week, with the city council formally declaring the plant a public nuisance. Now, Sriracha’s owner-creator David Tran is signaling his willingness to leave.

On Wednesday, Tran invited officials and business leaders from 10 different states for a tour of the Huy Fong...

Apr 17, 2014 12:07pm

Davis took the number one spot on USA Today's Best Cycling Town Readers' Choice Contest for several reasons. Chief among them is the fact that 95 percent of the city’s roads have bike lanes or bike paths. Additionally, statistics have shown that 22 percent of Davis’ residents commute on their bikes.

The only other California city to crack the top 10 was Sacramento, landing at number 9. Malibu, California also was present in the top 20 list. 

The full list is as follows:

  1. Davis, Calif.
  2. Fort Collins, Colo.
  3. Minneapolis
  4. Madison, Wis.
  5. ...
Apr 17, 2014 12:04pm

The verdict has just come in from the Los Angeles County Supreme Court: Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo has been sentenced to 12 years in state prison. Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy also stated that the former Bell official would not be eligible for probation.

Prior to his sentencing, Rizzo spoke out on the incident for the first time publicly and apologized for his actions, saying that he was “very sorry” for breaching “the public’s confidence.” Rizzo’s attorney asked for a five-year sentence, saying that Rizzo had been cooperative with authorities, but Kennedy denied...

Apr 15, 2014 12:40pm

When we last visited the question of the pending “Silver Tsunami”, the coming retirement tidal wave of California’s and the nation’s local government managers, the situation was at crisis level.  Today, almost two-thirds of California and the nation’s local government managers are at, or are within, five years of retirement, with not enough experienced people available to replace them.

We examined some factors that contributed to the Silver Tsunami: the...

Apr 15, 2014 12:37pm

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Apr 15, 2014 12:29pm

Today, California Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg presented a long-term strategy for funding transit and affordable housing permanently through Cap and Trade revenues. Steinberg has stated that housing and transit are the two keys to creating sustainable communities and helping California reach its greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Senator Steinberg stated that using Cap and Trade revenues for community building and mass transit will allow the state to maximize their efficiency. The strategy specifically targets the objectives of AB32 by targeting greenhouse gas emissions. He...

Apr 15, 2014 12:27pm

Galt’s city clerk, Liz Aguire, was most recently elected to the position in 2012, and has held the position for nearly 18 years. Now that she has stated she will not plan to seek re-election, the city council is considering putting a proposal before voters that would allow the city council to appoint the city’s clerk rather than residents electing an individual to the position. If residents approve this measure, it could be on the November ballot.

Galt is among approximately a third of California cities that elect their city clerks. If this measure were to pass, Galt would join the...

Apr 15, 2014 12:26pm

Goleta City Manager Dan Singer is “ready to start a new chapter” as the top administrator for the City of Poway.

Singer was recently chosen from a pool of 64 applicants.

“Dan was the council’s unanimous choice,” said Poway Mayor Don Higginson. “He is a veteran city manager who is highly qualified and will be a wonderful addition to city staff and the Poway community.”

Singer has worked for the City of Goleta for the past 9 years and previously served as city manager of Ojai. He will earn an annual salary of $219,950, compared to his current salary of $202,284. His...

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