Posted Jul. 27, 2014, 10:44 am
Make no mistake, the fall election season began on the evening of June 3, just as soon as the primary election polls closed. But no one has spent much on the election since then, nor has the vast majority of voters focused on any issues to be decided in November.
Posted Jul. 26, 2014, 9:01 am
A gigantic supermarket takeover with big impacts in Southern California is headed to federal regulators for approval today, as Albertsons is buying Safeway -- and its Vons stores.
Posted Jul. 26, 2014, 8:49 am
For some people familiar with the history of the runup to World War II, there’s a sense of déjà vu in today’s humanitarian crisis along the Mexican border these days, as resistance rises against the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children attempting to enter and stay in the United States.
Posted Jul. 23, 2014, 9:28 am
Equity home sales -- standard sales in which a seller has equity in the property being sold -- in June reached their highest level in California since the housing crisis began, the California Association of Realtors reported today.
Posted Jul. 20, 2014, 8:56 am
There are few worse feelings for a driver than receiving a letter purporting to show that person in the act of running a red light.
Posted Jul. 19, 2014, 8:53 am
For a state that has long been a symbol of youth, there’s been a lot of age among California’s preeminent politicians of the last decade. But that began to change in 2012, and the shift accelerated this summer as many of the old guard chose not to brave the “top two” primary system that threatened to expose them to serious intra-party challenges.
Posted Jul. 13, 2014, 9:05 am
For almost seven months, California parents have been free to claim without offering any proof that their religion forbids getting their children vaccinated against once dreaded and disabling diseases like polio, mumps, pertussis and smallpox.
Posted Jul. 12, 2014, 8:20 am
The chorus of global warming deniers has not shrunk. Outcries claiming the entire issue is fraudulent are not going away.
Posted Jul. 6, 2014, 8:55 am
From early in his career, Gov. Jerry Brown has had a proclivity for dismissing problems with wisecracks or aphorisms. As early as 1975, in the first term of his first go-‘round as California’s top official, he mocked university professors’ pleas for pay raises by saying they didn’t need more money, but could make do with “psychic rewards.”
Posted Jul. 5, 2014, 9:08 am
For more than a decade, while California has been among the most liberal of America’s “blue” states, its highest court has been dominated by leftovers from two of its more conservative governors.
Posted Jun. 29, 2014, 8:55 am
Nothing is more important to California’s large privately-owned utilities than the virtual monopolies they enjoy in most of the state.
Posted Jun. 22, 2014, 8:57 am
For decades, Californians who use the most electricity have paid extra for that privilege, on the theory that high prices might provide an incentive for them to use less.
Posted Jun. 21, 2014, 7:10 am
Backers of an initiative that would divide California into six states will gather signatures at 143 locations throughout the state today and Sunday in an attempt to put the measure on the November 2016 ballot.
Posted Jun. 21, 2014, 6:54 am
There was a clear message when the state Senate in mid-June first rejected a ban on legislators taking campaign contributions during the last 100 days of each lawmaking session, and then partially reversed itself to finally pass a watered-down version covering a much shorter time period.
Posted Jun. 15, 2014, 9:01 am
Democrats and other detractors of California’s “top two” primary system have been whining ever since the June 3 primary election that it would be wrong to have two Republicans vie in the November general election for the state controller’s job, considered by many the fourth most significant statewide office.
Posted Jun. 14, 2014, 8:53 am
As the round of memorial services for the six students fatally stabbed and shot in late May by the psychotic killer Elliot Rodger recedes into memory, a serious public policy question remains even while families and friends are left with their private grief:
Posted Jun. 8, 2014, 8:53 am
Results like those from this week’s primary cause detractors to call California’s four-year-old “top two” election system the “jungle primary” because it often features races with a dozen or more contestants and outcomes that can be completely unpredictable.
Posted Jun. 7, 2014, 9:34 am
No candidate campaigned harder this spring that Neel Kashkari, the former federal Treasury Department official and ex-Goldman Sachs executive who just become the first Asian-American ever nominated to for governor of California.
Posted Jun. 4, 2014, 9:32 am
Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari today called for party unity and pledged to hold Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown accountable for "our lack of jobs, for our failed schools and for our record poverty."
Posted Jun. 4, 2014, 9:17 am
California voters on Tuesday approved Proposition 42, which will remove the mandate that the state reimburse local entities for the costs of following California's open meeting law and Public Records Act.
Posted Jun. 4, 2014, 9:14 am
Voters on Tuesday approved the re-purposing of $600 million in general obligation bonds to help fund construction of rental housing for low-income veterans and their families across the state.
Posted Jun. 3, 2014, 9:16 am
Voters will be asked today to authorize re-purposing $600 million in general obligation bonds to help fund construction of rental housing for low-income veterans and their families across the state.
Posted Jun. 3, 2014, 9:15 am
Proposition 42 on today's ballot would remove the mandate that the state reimburse local entities for the costs of following California's open meeting law and Public Records Act.
Posted May. 31, 2014, 12:39 am
As expected, it’s now late spring and water rationing is upon California. Despite the heavy mid-February rains that briefly drenched Northern California and the respectable ensuing snowfall in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, drought remains.
Posted May. 24, 2014, 12:57 am
With polls showing Californians distrust their state government more than citizens of almost any other state, it’s high time legislators at least began taking small steps toward earning back some of the public faith they have squandered.