FROM Dale Kasler
Detroit's Bankruptcy Ruling Could Have a Big Impact in California The gold-plated promise used to be that a career in government meant a guaranteed safe and sound pension. Yesterday, a federal judge ruled that bankrupt Detroit could cut its municipal pension plans . What will that mean for Vallejo, Stockton and San Bernardino, California cities that have declared bankruptcy? Dale Kasler is business and economics reporter at the Sacramento Bee .
CalPERS Investigating $50 Million Paid to Former Board Member California largest public retirement system, CalPERS , stands to lose $500 million on a New York real estate deal that's about to go bust. Other potential losers are the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation and the Church of England. The State Teachers' Retirement System has already written off $100 million. Dale Kasler covers business and economics for the Sacramento Bee .
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.