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  • California Town Shuts Down Free Doughnut Giveaway Monday, 1 Mar 2010 | 11:57 AM ET
    Donut and Coffee

    For more than a dozen years, the B&B Do It Center in Camarillo, CA, has been offering free doughnuts and coffee to customers. Not anymore.

  • California Is Loaded Monday, 22 Feb 2010 | 11:02 AM ET
    California Flag

    n a new survey from Portfolio.com, seven of the top ten "wealth centers" in the country are in the Golden State. The survey combines several measurements from the Census Bureau, including per capital income, median income, the percentage of incomes over $200,000, and home prices.

  • California's Birthers Tuesday, 26 Jan 2010 | 3:55 PM ET

    Many of you assume that California is full of liberals, even though the Golden State produced Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, and Prop 13.

  • Meg Whitman's Power of Many Tuesday, 26 Jan 2010 | 1:21 PM ET

    "The Power of Many: Values for Success in Business and in Life" is part memoir - part business philosophy – and yes, part campaign speech divided up into 10 chapters outlining Whitman’s rules of thumb.

  • Rain Relieves, but No Remedy For California Drought Friday, 22 Jan 2010 | 12:30 PM ET
    Cars and commercial trucks make their way through the flooded southbound lanes of the 710 Long Beach Freeway, the main artery to Long Beach and Los Angeles ports, on January 20, 2010 in Long Beach, California.

    When it rains, it pours. After more than three years of drought, California has had so much rain and flooding this week that the San Joaquin Valley, the setting of John Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath," is more like the "Grapes of Rafts."

  • We Have a Slogan Thursday, 14 Jan 2010 | 9:32 AM ET
    Jane for Governor

    The winning slogan for my fake campaign for Governor is the original one we suggested: "Vote for Jane, She Can't Be Any Worse!"

  • Here's The Dope on Pot Vs. Wine Wednesday, 13 Jan 2010 | 2:08 PM ET
    Marijuana joint

    With California facing few palatable options—deeper cuts, higher taxes—some at the state level are considering legalizing marijuana and taxing it.

  • Schwarzenegger on 'Healthcare to Nowhere' Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | 2:41 PM ET
    California Gov. Arnold Schwartzenegger

    In his final State of the State speech, 62-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger outlined what he called his "Sophie's Choice"—where to cut in a state which has already seen tens of billions in spending cuts.

  • Polar Bear Ice Sculpture

    If Copenhagen delegates want to know where the solutions to both the current climate and economic crises will come from, they need to look at the work of enterprising governors in the U.S. and Brazil.

  • Last night I shopped for Thanksgiving at Vons, owned by Safeway spacer, and bought everything, including a 14-pound turkey, for the lowest price I've ever paid: $32.

  • Help Wanted—Please Run $4 Billion University Monday, 23 Nov 2009 | 2:08 PM ET

    USC is the largest private employer in Los Angeles, with an endowment worth $4 billion. You'd think being "Top Trojan" would be a plum job. So why is USC taking out half-page ads in the Wall Street Journal?

  • Road Rage Rants Thursday, 12 Nov 2009 | 2:34 PM ET
    Road rage

    Is it possible to profit from road rage? One Web site hopes so.

  • Things Get Stranger In a Strange Land Monday, 26 Oct 2009 | 4:24 PM ET
    California Flag

    California really is trying to get its act together, I think. The Los Angeles Times reports that a special commission hopes to reform lawmaking, since California lawmakers have been doing such a good job at it.

  • Has So-Cal Lost Its Mojo? Wednesday, 21 Oct 2009 | 12:40 PM ET
    Golden Gate Bridge

    I'm at the Milken Institute State of the State Conference, and the state of the state in California isn't good. Pimco's Bill Gross refers to our way of managing money as "Doo Doo Economics".

  • Where Does California Go From Here? Tuesday, 20 Oct 2009 | 4:28 PM ET

    I'm at the Milken Institute's State of the State Conference as a wide variety of voices tries to figure out how to get the Golden State back on track.

  • Calpers Pension Fund Reviewing Fees Paid to Manager Thursday, 15 Oct 2009 | 9:51 AM ET
    Women and Retirement

    The nation's largest pension fund, the California Public Employees' Retirement System, said it is investigating fees paid to an outside manager that directed the fund's investments.

  • CalPERS Prioritizes Profits Wednesday, 14 Oct 2009 | 2:20 PM ET

    CalPers - the largest pension fund in the U.S. is recouping losses from the financial fallout with a strategy that's boosted assets by $40 billion since its January low.

  • Regulation: Now and Later Monday, 12 Oct 2009 | 9:32 AM ET
    Carbon Tax

    With emissions rules looking inevitable, companies are taking steps to prepare for a number of different  government  scenarios.

  • California's Red Ink Still Getting Redder Friday, 9 Oct 2009 | 5:56 PM ET
    Golden Gate Bridge

    California's finances are in worse shape than expected three months into the fiscal year. State Controller John Chiang says income is nearly $1.1 billion below the most recent budget estimates.

  • Call of Shame-Vote Now Friday, 25 Sep 2009 | 1:02 PM ET
    Call of Shame

    Autumn is upon us, but I see no fall off in candidates for our weekly look at finance's festering underbelly. Here's our list of nominees for The Call of Shame. Vote for your pick at the bottom. And feel free to leave a comment.

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