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UnErasing LGBTQ History in Schools

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.16.2015 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

No matter what your score, I wanted to make the point that for the most part, students are not given the opportunity to discuss important issues, concepts, and personalities related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) issues in the required curriculum in the K-12 classrooms of the United States.

The Mendoza Line on Transparency: Bringing Darkness into Labor Negotiations

John Mirisch | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics
John Mirisch

Really want fairness, Senator Mendoza? Then how about a bill lifting open meeting exemptions for labor negotiations and imposing the same kinds of requirements on labor contracts which already are required for public works contracts?

Why CA Climate Change Legislation Will Lower Gasoline Prices

Jamie Court | Posted 09.09.2015 | Green
Jamie Court

Why would refiners build more refining capacity if they can charge more for making less gasoline? And with crude oil at historic lows, Californians gas pumps are the refiners' most reliable ATM. That's why Senate Bill 350's mandate to limit petroleum use and free up supply comes to the aid of the consumer, not just the climate.

Democratic State Lawmakers in California Should Not Try and Derail the Iran Deal

Marc Boyd | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics
Marc Boyd

It is not helpful to our foreign policy for two lone California lawmakers to issue an unrealistic statement in the final weeks of a high-stakes debate urging Congress to reject an international agreement.

Latinos: More than Criminals and Toilet Cleaners

Eric Rodriguez | Posted 08.17.2015 | Latino Voices
Eric Rodriguez

Latinos have made many more contributions in literature, journalism, military, business and finance, arts and entertainment, as well as politics. Despite this it seems the narrative, especially for those in a position to command the attention of a wide audience, is to relegate Latinos to nothing more than criminals and toilet cleaners.

Climate Change Reforms Must Continue, But More is Needed to Protect Working Class Communities

Arturo Carmona | Posted 08.12.2015 | Green
Arturo Carmona

We can't underestimate our opposition on this. The fossil fuel industry and their allies in California are incensed by this legislation -- but that shouldn't surprise us. This industry has made billions while sticking us with the bill for their destruction.

Samantha Lachman

California Republicans Relieved Their Arizona Counterparts Lost At The Supreme Court | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- California Republicans were thrilled to see Arizona Republicans lose at the Supreme Court on Monday, serving as a reminder that gerryman...

California Legislature Passes 'Yes Means Yes' Standard For College Sexual Assault Policies

AP | JUDY LIN | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would make California the first state to define when "yes means yes" while ...

California Affirmative Action Bill Sparks Pushback From Asian-Americans

AP | JULIET WILLIAMS | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a prop...

PLASTIC: The Official Bag of California?

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 04.23.2014 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

Politicizing the environment makes for bad government and pandering to a special interest constituency is no justification for trading the benefit and betterment of our environment for the privilege and profit of a select few.

California Leading Way for Women on Corporate Boards

Susan Bulkeley Butler | Posted 11.27.2013 | Women
Susan Bulkeley Butler

California is known as a trendsetter for the rest of the country. Is the Golden State now setting a new trend for women in the corporate boardroom? We should all hope so.

CA Bill Would Let Undocumented Immigrants Practice Law

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 09.23.2013 | Latino Voices

Sergio Garcia’s fight to obtain a California law license despite his undocumented immigrant status has reached the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown through ...

Slash and Burn: The War Against California Pensions

Frying Pan News | Gary Cohn | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics

The following story was reported by Frying Pan News as part of its California Exposé investigative series, and published here in collaboration ...

Kate Sheppard

Progressive Groups Double Down On Ads Mocking Power Company After Lawyer Letter | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics

Progressive groups this week expanded an advertising campaign mocking Southern California Edison's position on rooftop solar power after the utility f...

Why Women Should Support California Senate Bill 115

Carol Chodroff | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Carol Chodroff

Too many children lack loving, supportive, stable caregivers in their lives. When our laws deprive our children of ongoing, loving relationships with the only parents they have ever known, we must all speak up on behalf of our children to preserve and protect those relationships.

A Blueprint for California's Budget

John A. Perez | Posted 07.14.2013 | Los Angeles
John A. Perez

With the Governor's May budget revision being announced this week and the Legislature working to pass a final budget by June 15, these are some of the issues Assembly Democrats will be focusing on to make sure our state takes the critical steps we need.

Republicans Are Irrelevant In CA Right Now. Will They Always Be?

AP | JULIET WILLIAMS | Posted 04.28.2013 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As Republicans nationwide reconsider the party's direction, nowhere is their challenge more daunting than in California. T...

Keep California Green and Charitable

Mattias Wallander | Posted 11.05.2012 | Green
Mattias Wallander

California is a model state when it comes to waste reduction, aiming to reduce waste going into landfills by 75 percent by 2020. But there is a new obstacle for California's efforts to reduce waste and it's sitting on Governor Jerry Brown's desk as I type.

How Jerry Brown Saved California Billions Of Dollars

AP | JULIET WILLIAMS and JUDY LIN | Posted 09.01.2012 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The state Legislature on Friday approved a package of changes to California's public employee pension system that is expected to...

Republican Party Shrivels In California Sun

The New York Times | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- This would seem a moment of great opportunity for California Republicans. The state has become a national symbol of fiscal turmoil and ...

How To Be 'Pretty Much Unbeatable' In California Politics

| Will Evans | Posted 07.10.2012 | Los Angeles

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Will Evans Legislative races in California have been the most expensive and among the ...

Who's Watching Out for Farm Workers Left Out in the Heat?

Hernan Vera | Posted 09.02.2012 | Latino Voices
Hernan Vera

Sixteen-year-old Nicholas Chavez had a summer job in 2011. But unlike many boys his age, Nicholas' summer job consisted of helping his parents pick bell peppers in the scorching fields outside Bakersfield, California.

California May Become First State To Write Mortgage Settlement Into Law

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 09.01.2012 | Business

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California would become the first state to write into law much of the national mortgage settlement negotiated this year wit...

Dems Look To Recapture Obama '08 Spirit

Steve Early | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Steve Early

In 2008, millions of Obama-for-president volunteers got fired up about electoral politics in a way they hadn't been before. The incoming president's 1...

Shades of Brown: Cities and the Governor's Pension Reforms (Part 2)

John Mirisch | Posted 01.09.2012 | Los Angeles
John Mirisch

Without serious pension reform, kiss new taxes or tax extensions goodbye, no matter how much money special interest groups or unions spend trying to sell us the latest bill of goods.