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Astroturf Environmentalists: Anatomy of a Bad Bill

John Mirisch | Posted 09.18.2015 | Green
John Mirisch

Since state government severely restricts the ability for non-Big 5 legislators to be able to think for themselves and effect actual change, it seems ...

Food Irrigated With Fracking Water May Require Labels In California

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics

A new bill proposed in California would require all produce irrigated with fracking wastewater to come with warning labels. ...

Slushy Politics in California

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.03.2015 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

For years, watchdog groups in California have criticized the existence of a slush fund controlled by the speaker of the California Assembly. The fund, which is not subject to any credible audit or oversight, has spent over $100 million in the past six years, mostly for pet projects and peddling political influence.

If California's Poor Just Formed a Corporation, They'd Be $420 Million Richer

John Hrabe | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
John Hrabe

There's finally a state budget surplus, and it's reserved for an out-of-state corporation, not the 9 million people living in poverty. Under total Democratic control, California has just approved $420 million in corporate tax breaks for defense contractor Lockheed Martin.

Mike Gatto's AB 2343 Betrays Dogs, Cats & The People Who Love Them

Nathan J. Winograd | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Nathan J. Winograd

If California Assembly Member Mike Gatto has his way, cats who enter shelters without identification will be immediately taken from their families and given to for-profit companies, including potentially, companies who sell animals to research labs.

California Dem Wants To Outlaw 'Affluenza' Defense

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

A California lawmaker wants to outlaw privileged defendants from using their wealth as a defense in court. State Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Ang...

Tearful Service For Politician's Slain Father

Los Angeles Daily News | Dakota Smith | Posted 01.26.2014 | Los Angeles

Family and friends celebrated the life of slain artist Joseph Gatto at a service Monday in Los Feliz, remembering the 78-year-old as a vibrant, passio...

Assemblymember Mike Gatto Speaks Out About Dad's Death

AP | TAMI ABDOLLAH | Posted 11.15.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California assemblyman paid tribute to his slain father while police said there is no indication that his son's political role ...

Politician's Father Shot In His Home

AP | By TAMI ABDOLLAH | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police investigating the killing of a California assemblyman's father said Thursday there were no indications the shooting was po...

California's Next Food Revolution?

Aaron Sankin | Posted 01.04.2013 | San Francisco

Would you go to a restaurant to buy food someone made in their kitchen at home? That's the question millions of Californians are going to have to ...

LA Unified School District Bans Foam Lunch Trays: Superintendent Cites Environment and Health of Students

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 10.29.2012 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

The students took collective action to request a ban on polystyrene food trays after they learned during a class trip to a Los Angeles recycling center that food contaminated polystyrene does not get recycled; instead it goes straight to the dump.

Circumcision Bans May Be Blocked By New CA Bill

AP | JASON DEAREN | Posted 09.20.2011 | Los Angeles

SAN FRANCISCO — Two California lawmakers have introduced a bill that would pre-empt local governments from passing laws banning male circumcisio...