The premise of the article is fatally flawed, something you will learn if you manage to wade your way through to the last few graphs. It turns out that - rather than Gray Davis, the first goat scaped - the true failure here lands directly in the laps of the investor class. Charged with the single task of maintaining a modicum of growth for their particular funds, they made terrible choices instead, which we are *all* paying for.
How is that the fault of the Unions and a few compliant County managers? It's not, and there's the rub.
If any organization wants to carry the 'news', and if any individual wants to be known as a 'reporter', the baseline requirements are that the facts drive the narrative, not the other way round.
Apparently not at McClatchy.