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Observations on Jerry Brown's Prop 30 Win: From the Notebook

William Bradley | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

The dust is still settling from Governor Jerry Brown's big win with his Proposition 30 revenue initiative. While it may be premature to say that the Prop 13 era has given way completely to the Prop 30 era, this is clearly a very big deal, with ramifications that will play out over a period of years.

New Democratic Supermajority Vows Not To Abuse New Power

Los Angeles Daily News | Rick Orlov and Andrew Edwards | Posted 02.03.2013 | Los Angeles

Fueled by a Democratic supermajority and a bumper crop of new faces, California lawmakers launched their new two-year session on Monday, planning to t...

Is Obama's Foreclosure Settlement Working?

Eric Zuesse | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

On November 19th, the core of the Obama "Justice" Department's "49 State Settlement," of the millions of fraud claims by the suing mortgagees against ...

Kamala Harris Takes On Fastest Growing Criminal Enterprise

Los Angeles Daily News | Christina Villacorte | Posted 01.17.2013 | Los Angeles

California Attorney General Kamala Harris and other law enforcement officials vowed Friday to crack down on human trafficking -- both sex trafficking ...

Aaron Sankin

Are The Koch Brothers Buying California's Election?

HuffingtonPost.com | Aaron Sankin | Posted 11.06.2012 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- After a bitterly partisan legal fight, an Arizona-based nonprofit that contributed $11 million to a California pro-business group fig...

Kamala Cracks The Whip On An Important Overlooked Issue

The Sacramento Bee | Marjie Lundstrom | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco

Until he died last month at age 82, Don Esco of Cameron Park had his own way of measuring the passage of time: by the years, months and days since the...

Kathleen Miles

Innocent, Sick, Behind Bars

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 10.26.2012 | Los Angeles

Daniel Larsen, 46, has spent almost 13 years in prison -- even though he was declared innocent by a federal judge two years ago. Now, his life is at r...

Ben Hallman

Mortgage Settlement Cash Siphoned Off: State Sticky Fingers Send Funds To Pet Projects

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Hallman | Posted 10.25.2012 | Business

After a bruising year-long battle with banks that resulted in a $25 billion mortgage settlement, the state attorneys general who led the negotiations ...

Ben Hallman

After Mortgage Settlement, Banks Continued Abusive Practices, California Monitor Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Hallman | Posted 10.25.2012 | Business

The five big banks that agreed in a $25 billion mortgage settlement to reform foreclosure practices have continued to "dual-track" homeowners, an abus...

Housing Crisis Remains a Backburner Issue at DNC

National Council of La Raza | Posted 11.10.2012 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

And while Gov. Romney and President Obama lay out their cases for how they plan to guide this country through the economic crisis to recovery, they seem comfortable leaving families in the dark about how they plan to stem the bleeding in the housing market.

California Attorney General Touts Controversial Bank Settlement In DNC Speech

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.06.2012 | Politics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- California Attorney General Kamala Harris said in her Wednesday speech at the Democratic National Convention that the $25 billion s...

Good Cop Kamala

| Posted 08.31.2012 | Los Angeles

Story comes courtesy of California Watch. By Ryan Gabrielson The California attorney general’s office filed criminal charges this week against...

Veterans Charity Accused Of Squandering Millions

AP | JULIE WATSON | Posted 10.09.2012 | Los Angeles

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Help Hospitalized Veterans is no stranger to controversy. The California-based charity came under scrutiny four year...

Where Up-And-Coming Black Politicos Went To School

The Huffington Post | Gene Demby | Posted 10.05.2012 | Black Voices

In keeping with BlackVoices' back-to-school theme this month, we decided to take a look at the college backgrounds of some rising political stars. ...

California Attorney General Endorses Undocumented Immigrant

AP | FENIT NIRAPPIL | Posted 07.20.2012 | Latino Voices

SAN FRANCISCO -- Sergio Garcia completed law school with the help of odd jobs and proceeds from a self-help book. Then he passed the state law exam on...

How the Big Banks Lost and Homeowners Won in California

Rick Jacobs | Posted 09.02.2012 | Business
Rick Jacobs

Bills that looked very much like the Homeowner Bill of Rights had been introduced for four years. They died in committee or on the floor at various times, until now. The difference?

Are Banking Reparations Justified?

D. Sidney Potter | Posted 06.08.2012 | Business
D. Sidney Potter

I love the smell of "banker repentance" in the morning. Case in point: One of the multi-billion-dollar settlements that's in the pipeline and simmerin...

Did Eric Holder Lie to Congress?

Steph Sherer | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics
Steph Sherer

The Obama administration can say they respect state compassionate use laws, but the reality is a stark contrast to their words.

Aaron Sankin

'Banks Have Failed Us': SF Officials Target Foreclosure Tax Breaks

HuffingtonPost.com | Aaron Sankin | Posted 06.05.2012 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- City officials introduced a bill Tuesday aimed at closing a loophole that gives banks a tax break when foreclosing on a home. The...

Ben Hallman

California Lawmakers Say Housing Group Cares More About Banks Than Homeowners

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Hallman | Posted 05.30.2012 | Business

The Federal Housing Finance Agency is well on its way to a remarkable achievement: proving less popular, among housing groups, than even the banks who...

Matt Sledge

In State AG Campaigns, Foreclosure Often The Missing Issue

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.18.2012 | Politics

NEW YORK -- The nation's attorneys general flexed their legal muscles earlier this year when they signed off on a $25 billion national mortgage settle...

Ben Hallman

Shocker: $25 Billion Mortgage Settlement Expires

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Hallman | Posted 05.03.2012 | Business

The promises made by five of the nation's largest banks under the much-ballyhooed $25 billion mortgage settlement have a surprisingly short shelf life...

Aaron Sankin

A Major Setback For Kamala Harris

HuffingtonPost.com | Aaron Sankin | Posted 04.18.2012 | San Francisco

For the nearly two years that Kamala Harris has been California's Attorney General, she has made the fight against fraudulent foreclosures her signatu...

California Tells Debt Buyers to "Prove It"

Bill Bartmann | Posted 05.19.2012 | Business
Bill Bartmann

State Senator Mark Leno has sponsored Senate Bill 890, also known as the "Fair Debt Buyer Practices Act." If signed into law, it will correct injustices that Californians have endured for years.

California AG: Let's Make Sure Lending Abuse 'Will Never Happen Again'

Reuters | Posted 04.30.2012 | Business

* Kamala Harris continues fight against lenders * Six bills to protect borrowers from mortgage fraud * Follows settlemen...