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Pope Francis and Governor Brown Team Up on a Mission to Save Humanity

Marc Boyd | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Marc Boyd

If the Paris talks are successful, their work together on climate change will be remembered as a major contribution to a monumental achievement of the 21st Century. It may even be considered a partnership made in heaven.

Vatican Mayors Summit Spots Pope on Municipal Pulpit

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Speaking truth to power and the publics, the encyclical encouraged a radical reorientation in how we communicate with each other and coexist with the natural world. What a welcome wake-up call.

Jack Johnson Takes Out Trash to Beat Plastic Pollution

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Musician and surfer Jack Johnson may seem laid back, but not when it comes to fighting plastic pollution.

A New State Of Mind In California

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

California's state of mind, as much as its magnificent landscape, has always loomed large in the global imagination. And just when many were beginning to believe that the future of the Golden State had passed it by, California is breaking new ground again on many fronts.

Are We All (Elon Musk Excepted) Confused?

Carl Pope | Posted 05.07.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

Last week was startling -- but confusing -- on the energy/water nexus innovation front.

The Liquid Dream of Governor Moonbeam

Peter Schwartz | Posted 04.13.2015 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Drycephalus Water is poetry. Loose-limbed and supple. Deserts are prose. Hard, inflected, and jagged. Water is the condition of civilization. Lim...

Jerry Brown Drops Out of Stealth Mode In Washington to Talk Presidential Politics

William Bradley | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Brown gets widespread praise for California's comeback. And though some landowners in the Central Valley are trying to drag out the otherwise greenlit high-speed rail project there, he has more good news of late.

Three Wrongs Don't Make the Right Right

Duncan Hosie | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Sometimes the sky doesn't fall. It lifts. Acting on climate change is reaping incredible benefits for California. Ultimately, none of the AB 32 dooms-day scenarios came true. Now, more than ever, we should not buy into conservatives' Chicken Little politics on environmental policy. They were wrong in the past and they are wrong now.

Flood Tide for the Climate Movement

Carl Pope | Posted 03.11.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

But when the tide comes, Shakespeare is right - you must seize it. This is time for boldness, a time for vision, and a time above all to concentrate our strength and effort where we can move big ideas and game changing projects. Slow and steady won't win this race.

California Governor's Record Spending Plan Is Major Boost To Education

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics

Days after beginning an unprecedented fourth term, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) released a record $113 billion budget, with a five percent incr...

California Governor Unveils Ambitious Energy Goals

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics

In a historic swearing-in ceremony Monday, Jerry Brown began an unprecedented fourth term as the governor of California. “No pressure,” Chief ...

Taking Back California's Direct Democracy from Special Interests

Nicolas Berggruen | Posted 02.01.2015 | World
Nicolas Berggruen

Together, these reforms will improve the quality of our initiatives and our direct participation. They create what in political science circles is known as an "indirect initiative effect" -- a role for the legislature to foster public comment and active debate, to highlight errors and unintended consequences and fix them, and perhaps to craft policy solutions via legislation.

An Astonishing Number Of Californians Don't Know Who's Running For Governor

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

Even with Election Day fast approaching, 4 out of 10 California voters don’t know that incumbent Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking re-election....

GOP Candidate Is Not Sorry For Ad With Drowning Child

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics

California gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is standing by an eyebrow-raising ad in which he's shown saving a child apparently drowning in a swim...

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...

Brown's Tax and Spending Spree

Nicole Kaeding | Posted 12.06.2014 | Los Angeles
Nicole Kaeding

Cato Institute's 12th biennial edition of its "Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors" assigns grades of "A" to "F" to the governors based on their efforts to restrain government. Not only did Governor Brown receive an "F" in this year's report card, he received the worst score of any governor.

Expanding on the California Climate Credit

Mike Sandler | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
Mike Sandler

California's climate change program lowered millions of households utility bills last April, but very few people noticed. And it is about to happen again with the return of the semi-annual "California Climate Credit" applied to October bills.

California's Comeback Kid Tries to Kick Start Innovation in Higher Ed

Eloy Ortiz Oakley | Posted 11.30.2014 | College
Eloy Ortiz Oakley

Governor Jerry Brown has earned the moniker of California's Comeback Kid. Reinventing himself several times during his political career, he continues to gain distance from being the "Moonbeam" governor to becoming California's version of "Father Knows Best."

California Bans Political Fundraising Parties At Lobbyists' Homes

Reuters | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept 30 (Reuters) - Lobbyists in California will be banned from throwing lavish fundraising parties at their homes and offices f...

California Tames Its Direct Democracy

Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.18.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

Addressing concerns about the growing influence of special interests on California's initiative process and the decline of voter participation, Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed legislation that strengthens legislative and public oversight of ballot measures and increases transparency within a century-old process that has been stubbornly resistant to change.

Acting on Climate Change From the Bottom Up

Jerry Brown | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Jerry Brown

UNITED NATIONS -- California very strongly supports the efforts of states and cities to do their part to combat climate change. In California, we have emphasized in recent years building standards and appliance standards and a renewable energy goal. But now instead of just asking how many solar installations we have or how many wind installations or geothermal, we are putting the emphasis on our climate footprint.

GOP Challenger Slams Jerry Brown As The ‘Coddled Prince Of Sacramento'

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

Things got personal during California gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari’s speech Sunday when the GOP challenger called out Gov. Jerry Brown (D) ...

Why Good Prosecutors Do Bad Things: Pending California Legislation on Prosecutorial Misconduct

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 11.22.2014 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

Despite the U.S. Supreme Court's 1963 ruling holding that a prosecutor must disclose all exculpatory evidence (evidence that helps the defense) there are still too many deliberate failures by prosecutors to disclose important evidence in serious criminal trials.

Watch California Dry Up Right Before Your Eyes In 6 Jaw-Dropping GIFs

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor and Chris McGonigal | Posted 09.24.2014 | Green

California is drying up. “This is a big deal,” California Governor Jerry Brown said at a ceremony Tuesday as he signed into law a trio of bill...

Genocide Education: California Senate Bill 1380

Mike Spradley | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Mike Spradley

In my own family I assumed I'd heard all the tales of heroism or of those who became part of American and global history. With deep regret I missed t...