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.
Public employee unions face a new, and mortal, threat. It's not the unfunded liability of union pension plans or municipal governments' resort to bankruptcy to void union contracts. No, the new existential threat facing government unions comes from... the First Amendment.
Just outside of the small town of Maumelle, Arkansas sits your run-of-the-mill American strip mall. And as in so many other box store hubs, a Walmart dominates the landscape. But something is a shade different about this one; its big, looming letters are not the standard blue.
Welcome again to my (relatively) new blog: Toxic Tracks. Here, I'm posting short bits of daily news and commentary on environmental health topics. Ple...
By reinstating the APLE program, California can renew its commitment to growing a strong and vital teaching workforce and ensure that our collective tomorrow will indeed be a golden one.
Recently, a teacher told me she had been talking to parents about the importance of serving their children organic food at school. The parents adamantly disagreed. Their reason? "We don't want our kids to be snobs."
Perhaps Prop 37, the ballot initiative that would have required food companies to put a label on packaging if they used GMOs, was poorly constructed. But its defeat is a blip in the arc of history. The power of openness and transparency is a relentless tide that's only getting stronger.
By 2050, we need to figure out how to not only feed but also nourish the three billion new people who will be joining the seven billion of us who are already here on the planet. And we need to figure out how to do this as effectively, ethically and as environmentally sensibly as possible.
As someone who supports the objective of Prop. 37, and any legislation/ideology that will force the bio-tech industry to come clean and tell us what, ...
One would think that having killed a chicken and seen it previously alive and kicking, that it would be difficult to actually eat it. Strangely, however, it had the opposite effect.
The dream of a University of California education has been a historical driver of the upward economic mobility of California's young people. With the passage of Proposition 30, Governor Brown on Nov. 14 said the UC must think anew about how it does business.
While critics put teachers unions in their crosshairs, the unions in effect serve as proxies for public education. If critics can discredit teachers and their unions, they can build the case for not improving, funding or valuing our public schools.
As I watched them from the other side of the gas pumps of the America that I live in, I felt sure that our futures were intertwined no matter what the Republican candidates had been feeding me in their election ads all year.
How do we overcome the money and influence of the chemical companies controlling our federal government's approach to GE foods and labeling? We need millions of Americans to tell our federal government officials that we want transparency, honesty and labeling in our food system.
Our movement made the costly mistake of arming itself with peace signs and love beads for what turned out to be a gunfight with an assault rifle-equipped enemy. The problem that We, the American People, now have is that big money has come to dictate political speech in America.
Our consumer movement made the costly mistake of arming itself with peace signs and love beads for what turned out to be a gunfight with a ruthless, assault rifle-equipped enemy.