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California's Nation-Leading Minimum Wage Hike Is the Latest for Birthday Boy Jerry Brown

William Bradley | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
William Bradley

Governor Jerry Brown avoided his characteristic quipsmanship as he signed California's nation-leading minimum wage hike into law on Monday morning in downtown LA.

California's Political Earthquake: A $15 Minimum Wage

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The new law will boost paychecks for millions of California workers. More than 40% of California workers earn less than $15 dollars an hour. By putting more money in people's pockets, the pay increase will improve the economy by increasing consumer spending in businesses throughout the state.

California Coastal Commission -- Still Heavy-Handed?

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 02.16.2016 | Politics
Arnold Steinberg

The uproar over the California Coastal Commission's firing of its executive director may be misguided.

Global Climate Change Summit Ends With Agreement to Agree, Actual National Plans Falling Far Short, and Some California Coups

William Bradley | Posted 12.14.2015 | Green
William Bradley

Once the cheering, perhaps as much a matter of relief for at last having the beginnings of a real agreement as anything else, dies down, a process of years-long pressuring, prodding, chivvying, and inspiring will take place. Or, perhaps better put, it had damn well better take place if this planet is going to remain habitable for humanity.

Jerry Brown, Greening California and the Ancien Regime of Oil

William Bradley | Posted 10.16.2015 | Green
William Bradley

As long as people are using oil -- and even with Brown's target of cutting use in half by 2030, we'll be using a lot of oil -- why not have California reap the economic rewards?

Los Angeles Pioneers Electric Car-Sharing for Low-Income Residents

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 08.13.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

California state Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon recently announced a new electric vehicle car-sharing grant for the City of Los Angeles that will make zero emission driving available to low-income residents.

Why Jerry Brown Prevailed So Quickly in the California Budget Tussle

William Bradley | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

For weeks there were signs of a potential California budget fight between Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislators, with the press spinning it up a bit. The Legislative Analyst Office was estimating billions more in revenue than the Brown administration.

California Democrats Cancel Signature Fundraiser Amid Corruption Scandals

Reuters | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 1 (Reuters) - Stung by a string of corruption charges against state lawmakers, Californi...

‘Innocent People Have Been Deported'

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.11.2013 | Latino Voices

California State Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) praised the Trust Act Tuesday, saying that the federal program known as Secure Communities has led...