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Portland Metro Asks Court to Validate Hotel Bonds
Faced with legal challenges to its plans for a publicly-backed hotel near the Oregon Convention Center, the Portland Metro Council has asked a judge to review its financing plan for the project.
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Deciding a letter was not enough, U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas followed up with a visit Tuesday to the factory of the popular Sriracha hot sauce under fire from residents and the Irwindale City Council.  more »
California Gov. Jerry Brown Jr. appointed Jodi Remke as chairperson of the California Fair Political Practices Commission on April 23.  more »
Hawaii officials reached an agreement last week on a conversation easement for 665.8 acres of land at Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku that will be funded primarily with $40 million in general obligation bonds.  more »
After nearly 30 years with the city, Los Angeles Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller announced on Tuesday plans to retire August 29 in a letter to the City Council.  more »
An Orange County, Calif. citizens' group says it will file a lawsuit in an attempt to invalidate $265 million in bonds issued for an expansion to the Anaheim convention center.  more »
The state of California sold $750 million of general obligation bonds in a competitive deal on Tuesday, with Wells Fargo submitting the winning bids.  more »
Standard & Poor's downgraded Daughters of Charity Health System, Calif. by six notches to junk level B-minus following the system's earlier announcement that it is looking for buyers for its hospitals.  more »
Standard & Poor's has revised the outlook to stable from negative on the Stockton Public Financing Authority's outstanding tax increment financing bonds.  more »
U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas told the manufacturer of the popular Sriracha hot sauce if Irwindale, Calif. doesn't want your factory the San Fernando Valley will take it.  more »
California Gov. Jerry Brown has called a special legislative session for later this month to take up changes he has proposed for the state's Rainy Day Fund.  more »
Restitution from seven corrupt former Bell, Calif. city leaders is expected to total more than $18 million, but the city's current finance director isn't convinced the city will see that money.  more »
An audit of Cudahy, Calif. by State Controller John Chiang found misuse of taxpayer dollars, contract violations, mismanaged state grant funds, and more questionable financial practices.  more »
California is planning to sell $750 million of general obligation bonds next week to fund transportation projects and refund outstanding commercial paper debt.  more »
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