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California Budget Crisis

California's 'Up-Wing' Governors: Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gray Davis

William Bradley | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Brown, Schwarzenegger, and Davis are not so much left-wing figures or right-wing figures as they are up-wing figures, i.e., political leaders who place a special emphasis on big think/think big future-oriented policies that position California on the global cutting edge.

Whose Water? Ours! How to End California's Water Crisis

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 03.17.2014 | Green
Mary Manning Cleveland

California is basically a dry state, subject to periodic severe droughts. So, how come the largest water user is cow pasture, watered with giant sprinklers sending great sprays into the atmosphere?

Now That the Future's Back in California, What's Up and Why with Jerry Brown, Democrats, and Republicans

William Bradley | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Is it because of Jerry Brown's leadership skills, his "insider's knowledge and outsider's mind?" Is it because California Democrats have their act together? Is it because California Republicans have run their party into the ground? Or some combination thereof?

Going for Term Four, Jerry Brown Gets It In Gear

William Bradley | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Brown could have waited until Friday, March 7th -- when delegates arrive at the LA Convention Center and begin caucusing and partying -- to file for re-election, then come by the convention with an 'oh, by the way, look what I just did.'

When Is Enforcement Effective?

Brigham A. McCown | Posted 04.09.2014 | Business
Brigham A. McCown

On a January day when freezing temperatures outside did nothing to cool the heated rhetoric of Congress, a group of former regulators gathered on Capi...

Jerry Brown's New Budget Sets Up Election Year Tug of War With Fellow Dems

William Bradley | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

After an online leak forced him to advance state budget roll-out press conferences in Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Diego from from Friday to Thursday, Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his new Prop 30 surplus era California budget proposal and set up a likely tug of war over spending with fellow Democrats.

Jerry Brown's Thankful Holiday Season

William Bradley | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Not only is he massively favored for the re-election campaign for an historic fourth term as governor of California, which he, in his inimitable fashion, has not yet announced, he is even being touted for president.

On the 10th Anniversary of Arnold Schwarzenegger Settling In as Governor

William Bradley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Schwarzenegger did not revive California as "the golden dream by the sea," as he would have had it in his inaugural address 10 years ago.

Civil Court Crunch Creates Winners, Losers

Sara Warner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Sara Warner

California, in general, and Los Angeles County, in particular, have become favorites among those "forum shopping" -- a term often used for lawyers naturally searching for a court that favors their case.

Jerry Brown Heads East, Talks West

William Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Governor Jerry Brown headed east on Wednesday for a featured speech Thursday in Washington to talk up his now ballyhooed successes out here in the west.

Rationing Justice: Closing LA 'Gang Court' Sets Up Vicious Spiral

Sara Warner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Sara Warner

For young people in South Los Angeles, the only "miracle" in California's budget will be if they get a fair day in court.

New California Law Could Shut Out Low-Income College Students

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.11.2013 | College

A controversial new law will allow some California community colleges to charge more for their most popular classes, outraging some students and publi...

Amidst the Encomiums for His Record-Setting Tenure, It Can Now Be Revealed: Jerry Brown's Only Fatal Vulnerability for Re-Election

William Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Amidst the plaudits for his record and his new/renewed governorship, California Republicans met over the weekend past in convention to, among other things, discuss what they will try to do next year when Brown runs for re-election, something he has not yet announced.

California's Pivotal Day: Things Could Have Gone Very Differently for Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, and Many More

William Bradley | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

If a centrist Schwarzenegger was running for re-election in 2010, would Brown, who admired Schwarzenegger and knew first-hand how difficult an incumbent governor is to defeat, have run against him?

California Story: Jerry Brown's Fortunes, or, Stop Me If You've Heard This Before

William Bradley | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Now, having vanquished a massively over-funded opponent, Brown may face off against a massively under-funded opponent. Whitman got 41 percent of the vote for her $180 million. It will be interesting to see how different the results are in 2014, if at all.

For Any Working Mom, Child Care Is Essential

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

In California and nationwide, our youngest citizens' futures must be at the top of our agenda. This is not the time to be timid, or deal with it in K-12 proposals and politicking. Later is too late; the research keeps mounting about where we need to put our money and why.

Jerry Brown Encounters Interesting Times

William Bradley | Posted 08.01.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Governor Jerry Brown is certainly having an interesting time of it lately as California's stabilization continues. Mostly quite good. But hardly all.

How Jerry Brown's California Budget Revision Is Playing

William Bradley | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Championing what he calls "prudence, not exuberance," Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday rolled out the annual "May Revise" of his proposed California state budget. How's it playing? Oh, and what's the play?

For California Republicans, Stunt Politics Worked for Awhile and Then Backfired (Yet Dems Can Still Blow It)

William Bradley | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

With Republicans in such profound disarray, can Democrats still screw up their opportunity for ongoing dominance?

Will Jerry Brown Be Unopposed for Reelection?

William Bradley | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Will Jerry Brown be unopposed for reelection? Technically, no. Effectively? We'll see.

Jerry Brown Finds Fun (in New Foil Rick Perry) and More Than a Bit of Illumination

William Bradley | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Does Brown want to fence with Perry in such a way as to help him with his right-wing Republican base and hurt him with moderate voters? Is he just messing about? Does he want to have some fun at the expense of a relatively unarmed man?

The State of Jerry Brown's Status: After the State of the State

William Bradley | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

There is no shortage of kudos now for Governor Jerry Brown, who with his State of the State address last Thursday tied the late Governor-turned-Chief Justice Earl Warren for the most such addresses in California's history. Does he have things sewn up politically in the battered but brightening Golden State?

The Slow Death of Justice in California

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

The societal harm caused by judicial budget slashing to crisis levels obviously stretches far beyond the damage caused to parties in individual cases. It undermines our democratic system.

Jerry Brown's New Budget for Post-Crisis California: Discipline Begets Opportunity

William Bradley | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

California's generation-long chronic budget crisis is over, but, while the sun is shining, metaphorically speaking, happy days aren't here again. (To reference the Democratic Party's New Deal theme song.) Not just yet.

These Convenient Machines

Rek LeCounte | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
Rek LeCounte

How massively unsustainable must our system of taxes and borrowing get before we decide to rethink our asphyxiating choices? What happens when the next shock comes and the few key pillars of wealth cannot hold?