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Big Oil's Scary New World

Carl Pope | Posted 08.26.2016 | Green
Carl Pope

"This was retail politics, and oil lost," was how Adrienne Alvord of UCS summed up the stunning environmental victory Tuesday in the California legisl...

World on Fire - The Peace Angels Project

Lin Evola | Posted 12.04.2016 | Arts
Lin Evola

My heart goes out to the families who have lost their loved ones. It is up to us to shift our human consciousness. Change will not occur by focusing on violence.

On Immigration Reform, California Issues a Bold Message

Angie Junck | Posted 10.21.2016 | Politics
Angie Junck

As other states wrestle with how to create inclusive immigrant policies, the California legislature's bold steps should serve as a roadmap. California's demographics help to illustrate why inclusive and compassionate policies are not only a reflection of our national commitment to honor the rights and dignity of everyone, but also sound economic policy.

Why CA Climate Change Legislation Will Lower Gasoline Prices

Jamie Court | Posted 09.09.2016 | 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.

Governor Brown, We Urge You to Do What Is Right for Our Water and Our Environment!

Paul Y. Song, MD | Posted 05.27.2015 | Green
Paul Y. Song, MD

Given that the contaminated aquifers scandal broke just before news that California may have just one year of water left in its existing reservoirs, Gov. Brown's silence on the call for an emergency moratorium on fracking is especially alarming.

Jerry Brown Can't Be Bothered To Spend Money On His Own Campaign

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics

With a 20-point lead over his GOP challenger and $23 million burning a hole in his pocket, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is funding and appearing in...

Changing How California Teaches History

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 11.23.2014 | Education
Vamsee Juluri

History can be either a boring, anachronistic and even disempowering subject for children, or a magnificently life-changing and worldview-shaping one. California is at a moment now when it has to choose which of these approaches schools get to teach.

Zach Carter

Republican Candidate Doesn't Understand What It Means To Cut Spending | Zach Carter | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics

Neel Kashkari is seeking the GOP nomination to challenge California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) in the November elections. And, like all good Republicans, he...

When Will Gov. Brown Wage a War on Poverty?

Judy Patrick | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Judy Patrick

Poverty has increased in California to the point that the incidence of poverty in our state is the highest in the nation. One in four of our state's children is living in poverty. One in three single mothers is barely making ends meet. Yet Gov. Brown has not declared a war on poverty.

Seeking Redemption: Private Prisons, Gov. Jerry Brown and All of Us

Pastor Michael McBride | Posted 11.27.2013 | Religion
Pastor Michael McBride

As we consider how and when to allow hundreds of thousands of incarcerated individuals in this state to return home, we must ask ourselves whether we want to resemble the son or the father in this parable.

In One Man's Hands: California Governor May Decide Paralysis Research

Don C. Reed | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

On Sept. 9, the California state Senate voted a unanimous YES to restore one million dollars in funding to the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research ...

Governor Brown Sends Clear Message: Women Are As Incapable of Making Decisions for Themselves as Children and the Mentally Handicapped

Alice Crisci | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Alice Crisci

Let this be a wake-up call to those who thought the stem cell conversation was handled, to those who thought equality was in the bag and to those who thought California was progressive.

Is Governor Brown Playing 13 Tzameti With the Climate?

Jordan Haedtler | Posted 07.24.2013 | Green
Jordan Haedtler

With each pipeline that is approved, each greenlight given to coal and natural gas exports, we're putting more bullets in the chamber, and doubling down on our dangerous game of 13 Tzameti.

The Importance of Connections in the Classroom

Amy Weisberg, M.Ed. | Posted 01.11.2013 | Education
Amy Weisberg, M.Ed.

The most important job we teachers have is giving our students a loving, safe place to connect with each other, with teachers, and with the curriculum.

Protecting Our Protectors

Michael Kaufman | Posted 09.27.2012 | Los Angeles
Michael Kaufman

California law actually provides fewer protections in the domestic work industry than most other areas of employment. The Domestic Worker Bill of Rights would level the playing field and make life safer and healthier for domestic workers.

Immigration Showdown in California: Governor Brown and His TRUST Issues

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

We must fix our nation's broken immigration system in ways that make sense for our economy and safety and respects the dignity of all immigrant communities.

And Pigs "May" Fly

Hector Villagra | Posted 11.20.2012 | Los Angeles
Hector Villagra

John Morton, the director of U.S. Immigrations and Enforcement (ICE), has suggested that policies that restrict compliance with immigration detainers "may" violate federal law. If he thinks this is true of the TRUST Act, I can say, "Yes, and pigs 'may' fly."

Can Governor Brown Snuff Out Flame Retardants?

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 08.20.2012 | Parents
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

I never thought much about where we spend most of our leisure time -- in bed or on the couch -- until I started learning the frightening truth about dangerously toxic flame retardants.

Tyler Kingkade

California Lawmakers Side With College Students On Proposed Cuts | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 03.08.2012 | College

A controversial proposal from Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown to slash grant funding for private school students was defeated on Wednesday, aft...

SAY WHAT? Gavin Newsom Calls For The Elimination Of His Own Job

Aaron Sankin | Posted 02.24.2012 | San Francisco

When Gavin Newsom famously quipped on the campaign trail that he didn't, for the life of him, know what the Lieutenant Governor of California actually...

Dear Governor Brown: Is There a Future for the Disabled -- Including Adults With Autism -- In the Golden State?

Chantal Sicile-Kira | Posted 07.18.2011 | Los Angeles
Chantal Sicile-Kira

The looming budget cuts remind me of the old Prop 13 days. The state of California is getting ready to cut the civil rights of the disabled and no one seems to notice.

The Rogue Five: Courageous

Maurice Jourdane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Maurice Jourdane

In California a battle continues over whether to allow the people to vote whether to continue the current state tax rates or receive reduced state services like education and security on our streets.

California's Gamble on K-12 Education is Gamble on Our Future

Robert Denham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Robert Denham

Predicating education financing on California's legislators busy posturing on the budget for re-election or on voter emotions in June of 2011 is looking more and more like a bad bet.

Eliminate Redevelopment Agencies

Maurice Jourdane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Maurice Jourdane

Governor Brown appears to hope that local governments will spend revenue from property taxes on our children's education and other services basic to our state's history.

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.