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Do Not Delay: Implement Marijuana Legalization In California

Lynne Lyman | Posted 03.22.2017 | Politics
Lynne Lyman

On time and intact implementation of California’s Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, is critical to realizing the benefits of legalizat...

Want to Start School Later? You May Want to Move to California

Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD | Posted 02.16.2017 | Education
Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD

If Senator Anthony Portantino gets his way, California will be the first state in the nation to ensure that teenagers can go to school without sacrif...

California Lawmakers Want To Teach Students How To Spot Fake News

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.12.2017 | Politics

Two bills introduced in the California legislature aim to stem the spread of fake news by teaching students to better evaluate online media. As an inc...

California Lawmakers Get A Raise

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 11 (Reuters) - Elected officials in California will get 3 percent raises under a package approved Monday by the state's Citi...

A Master Plan Abandoned

Christina Gagnier | Posted 01.20.2015 | College
Christina Gagnier

Student fees have yet again been raised at the University of California, with the University of California Regents on the precipice of approving a plan to increase fees over the next five years, resulting in an eventual 25 percent increase from current rates.

My Teacher Family Urges "Yes" on Pending California EpiPen Bill

Megan Pincus Kajitani | Posted 10.12.2014 | Education
Megan Pincus Kajitani

Our toddler daughter stopped breathing in our arms after eating a bite of food to which she was severely allergic. The EpiPen injection we quickly gave her likely saved her life.

Inviting Startups to the Privacy Regulation Party

Christina Gagnier | Posted 03.02.2014 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

If we have learned anything from past attempts to regulate areas where the technology innovation is moving quickly (copyright), not talking to small businesses and startup operators will eliminate a critical voice in the conversation of how such regulation would be practically implemented.

Get the Lead out!

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 08.13.2013 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

Who would you trust with your health, your children's health and that of our wildlife: world renowned scientists or lobbyists from the gun and ammo industry?

California Tenants to Have Lobby Day in Sacramento

Paul Hogarth | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Paul Hogarth

For the first time in over a decade, dozens of tenants from throughout California will swarm the State Capitol -- meeting with legislators about the security deposit crisis, and demanding change.

California State Assembly Seeks to Stifle Debate on Israel

Stephen Zunes | Posted 10.30.2012 | College
Stephen Zunes

The California State Assembly has just passed a bipartisan resolution by voice vote which constitutes a serious attack on academic freedom and the rights of students and faculty to raise awareness about human rights abuses by U.S.-backed governments.

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 ...

New Laws Proposed To Curb Abuse In CA's Ballot Initiative Process

| Will Evans | Posted 09.24.2011 | Los Angeles

By Will Evans. Story comes courtesy of California Watch. One hundred years after California adopted the ballot initiative process, legislation ...

Standard & Poor's: California Credit Rating At 'Crossroad'

Posted 08.21.2011 | Business

SAN FRANCISCO - California's credit rating is at a "crossroad," Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said on Tuesday, noting concerns about the state's ...

Saki Knafo

If An Earthquake Hits, Is Your Child's School Safe? California Legislators Vote For Audit Of School Construction Authority | Saki Knafo | Posted 07.12.2011 | Education

This story was reported in collaboration with our partners at At a hearing in Sacramento Wednesday morning, a committee of state legisl...

Jerry Brown's Big Gamble

Charles Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Feldman

Brown is smart and no doubt right that without the extension of the higher tax rates, the state is fiscally doomed. But it will likely be a hard sell.

The Undervaluation of California Higher Education

Christina Gagnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Christina Gagnier

Today welcomed newly inaugurated California Governor Jerry Brown's unveiling of his proposed budget for 2011-2012. As with every budget cycle since th...

Community Justice, Not Criminal Justice

Kaile Shilling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Kaile Shilling

In rejecting the ban on juvenile life without parole sentences the California State Assembly missed an opportunity to bring our state into line with the rest of the Western world.

As Goes California...

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

The nation is catching up to California. The contempt directed at Sacramento politicians is already bleeding over on every other politician in the state.

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

Stealing From California's Young People

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

By blocking any new revenue streams to fund higher education, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Senate Republican minority are not only taxing California's young people and their families, they are crippling the state's future.

Drug Testing For State Lawmakers Proposed In California

Orange County Register | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Do our state legislators behave as though they're on drugs? Somebody thinks so, as there is a petition in circulation for a proposed ballot measure th...

California: The Trouble With Kicking the Can Down the Road

David G. Crane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David G. Crane

It didn't have to be this way. Had California accounted for its promises, billions would not have to be taken from discretionary programs, which is just the first wave of a massive tsunami: our underfunding is simply staggering.

Statewide June Election Could Make Things Worse

Paul Hogarth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Hogarth

The California legislature is expected to vote on a mid-year budget later this week. It's bound to have horrific cuts, but no one has details because it's being crafted in secret.

Greening Hollywood: Arianna on The Green Carpet at The Millennium Awards

Paige Donner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paige Donner

Arianna was chosen to present the California Environmental Leadership Award to the LA Unified School District at Global Green's annual Millennium Awards held in Santa Monica June 14th.