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No Budget? No Paycheck!

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Without getting too far into the weeds of the California budget process, here's what just happened.

Jerry Brown Finds A California Budget That Flies, For Now

William Bradley | Posted 08.29.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

The latest round of California's chronic budget crisis is finally coming to an end. It's a significantly better end than in the past. But it's not an ending with finality.

Jerry Brown, Democratic Leaders Announce Budget Deal

blogs.sacbee.com | Posted 08.27.2011 | Los Angeles

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders announced today that they have reached an agreement on a new majority-vote budget plan. "We've ...

State Legislature Rejects Measure Banning Lobbyist Gifts

latimes.com | Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times | Posted 07.27.2011 | Los Angeles

Reporting from Sacramento -- Companies lobbying state lawmakers for favorable treatment can continue to shower them with tickets to Disneyland, Dodger...

Doing Good While Doing Well: Let's Make it Legal

Paula Goldman | Posted 06.03.2011 | Business
Paula Goldman

Right now, instead of recognizing that business and market-based strategies have the potential to bring positive social change to millions, we have legal structures that actively deter such possibilities.

California Budget Crisis: Jerry Brown Debates Lawmakers

AP | JUDY LIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In an unprecedented public give-and-take, Gov. Jerry Brown appeared before a legislative committee Thursday and engaged ran...

California's Humpty-Dumpty Law

Gautam Dutta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gautam Dutta

Although SB 6 is sitting on a wall, its Humpty-Dumpty election rules do not have to fall.

California politician steps over a line

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter H. Gleick

[Spoiler Alert: Do not let children under the age of, say, 21, read this.] There are some lines that should never be crossed: California Senator Dave ...

We All Have a Responsibility to Speak Out on Arizona

Karen Bass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Bass

What Arizona politicians have done is unconscionable -- and unconstitutional -- and it may not be neighborly to point that out, but it certainly is the American way.

California Considers Repeal Of 1950's Law To Study Causes And Cures For Gays, Sexual Deviancy

AP | By CATHY BUSSEWITZ | Posted 05.04.2012 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California lawmakers narrowly advanced a bill Tuesday that would repeal a state law designed to find the causes and cures of hom...

This Foster Care Month Sees Hope Ahead

Karen Bass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Bass

May is National Foster Care Month and for California's 65,000 foster children and those who advocate on their behalf, it's a month to raise awareness ...

The Time to March for California's Future Is Now

Marty Hittelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Marty Hittelman

Most Californians are paying a fair share while the rich and powerful continue to receive more tax loopholes every year. We must reverse this trend.

First Openly Gay Leader Of California Legislature Gets Sworn In

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The first openly gay lawmaker to lead either house of the California Legislature has been sworn in as speaker of the state ...

This Legislator Will Be Voting No on Sen. Abel Maldonado's Confirmation

Pedro Nava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Pedro Nava

I will be voting no to confirm Sen. Abel Maldonado to the second highest constitutional office in California, a heartbeat from the Governor, that of Lieutenant Governor.

California Needs to Press the Restart Button

Lenny Mendonca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Lenny Mendonca

The chief obstacle to a better future for California at this point is its Constitution, which thanks to years of special interest fiddling, amounts to a system that guarantees failure.

Poor Women in California Can Expect a Lump of Coal From the Government This Holiday Season

Pedro Nava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Pedro Nava

Schwarzenegger and the California Department of Public Health have embraced the holiday season with a new set of proposed rules that will abandon low-income women.

Why the Governor Should Delay His Appointment

Pedro Nava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pedro Nava

I firmly believe that the Governor should be careful and thoughtful about this appointment. This decision should not be rushed, as some have suggested.

Britney Spears: A Budget Guru The Public Can Count On?

sacbee.com | 3:45 PM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Now here's one way to measure the public's faith in their elected officials. Californians would just as soon allow the meltdown-prone pop princess ...

Economic Prosperity and Environmental Protection Are One and the Same

Pedro Nava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Pedro Nava

If you live in California and care about the environment you should be worried. We may be in a tough economic climate, but now is not the time to ease-up on environmental protections.

California: Killing the Goose that Lays the Golden Eggs

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joseph A. Palermo

Scwharzenegger and the Republicans who control California's finances have concluded it's not even worth trying to compete with India and China anymore, as evidenced by the "restructuring" of the California State University system.

Misguided: Whitman Wants to Roll Back California Climate Plan

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Whitman says she would place a moratorium on AB-32 by executive order. It's hard to imagine a more effective way to choke off the burgeoning clean energy economy.

We Can't Afford the Politics of Punishment

Michael Meranze | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Meranze

As we have built more prisons we have taken resources that could have been used for our roads, our schools, our public health, our fire departments, and our neediest citizens.

If Governor Schwarzenegger Had Taken Yes for an Answer - No IOUs

Karen Bass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Bass

Small businesses, students, seniors, and taxpayers will all start receiving IOUS. This shameful day didn't have to arrive. In fact, Governor Schwarzenegger had several opportunities to prevent it.

Schwarzenegger's Budget Battle II: Another Bad Sequel

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

With the sequel to last February's budget battle ready for release it's only a matter of days before "those who have too little" get a beating once again from the richest ruling interests in the state.

California Democrats: "Spreading the Pain" from Sacramento

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

When his term mercifully expires next year, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will be leaving the Golden State in the worst condition than at any time its history.