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Money Must Follow the Student in Brown's School Funding Reform

John Affeldt | Posted 03.26.2012 | Education
John Affeldt

No matter what you think of its merits, you have to admire Governor Jerry Brown's new finance reform proposal for its sheer boldness.

Will Yellow School Buses Be Gone Forever?

AP | Posted 02.14.2012 | San Francisco

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- School districts throughout California are scrambling to cover the elimination of $248 million in funding for school buses startin...

CHOP CHOP: Jerry Brown Imposes $1 Billion More In Budget Cuts

AP | JUDY LIN | Posted 02.12.2012 | San Francisco

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday ordered $1 billion in midyear cuts to California's budget that will result in pain for students...

'If Taxes Don't Pass, There Will Be A Hole That Will Trigger Further Cuts'

AP | Posted 02.08.2012 | San Francisco

By JUDY LIN, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday warned of additional automatic cuts if voters reject his tax ...

Saki Knafo

Where Does Gov. Jerry Brown Stand On Occupy Wall Street? | Saki Knafo | Posted 12.02.2011 | San Francisco

In mid-November, a group of demonstrators aligned with the Occupy movement held a rally outside a Sacramento loft building in an attempt to capture th...

California's Dire Budget Situation May Trigger Draconian Cuts

AP | By JUDY LIN | Posted 01.16.2012 | San Francisco

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California faces $2 billion in automatic spending cuts at the first of the year that will reduce funding for public schools, hig...

The Numbers Are in, the Death Penalty Is Out

James Clark | Posted 12.24.2011 | Los Angeles
James Clark

In the field poll released, 48% of California voters opted for a sentence of life without the possibility of parole while only 40% chose the death penalty.

California Legislature Passes Bill to Study State-owned Bank

Ellen Brown | Posted 11.16.2011 | Los Angeles
Ellen Brown

California, like North Dakota, is resource-rich. A state-owned bank will allow it to capitalize on its resources to full advantage, by providing the credit needed to realize its potential.

Jerry Brown Blasts 'Toxic Tax Loophole' For Corporations

2011-03-16-Screenshot20110316at9.39.25AM.jpeg | Will Evans | Posted 11.09.2011 | Los Angeles

Story comes courtesy of California Watch. By Will Evans As Gov. Jerry Brown heralded a last-minute tax deal yesterday, a Senate report warned of...

The End Of The Big Yellow School Bus?

| Posted 11.02.2011 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Eleanor Yang Su The big yellow school bus is fast becoming a relic in California, as d...

Amanda Terkel

State Budget Cuts Threaten U.S. Justice System | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Brian and Patty Baxter's daughter wasn't even two years old yet when they moved into their place in New Hampshire in 1996. The landlord ...

Matt Sledge

California's Budget Cuts: Where They Hurt The Most | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.01.2011 | San Francisco

Higher tuition, fewer firefighters, shuttered state parks: the $14.6 billion in spending cuts in late June's "austerity budget" may be incomprehensibl...

18-Month Wait For Divorce In San Francisco | Michelle Terris / the Chronicle | Posted 09.18.2011 | Divorce

It will soon take hours to pay a traffic ticket in San Francisco, months to get court records and at least a year and a half to get a divorce. With a ...

St. Barnabas Senior Services Continues to Make an Impact Amidst Budget Battle

Gabrielle Canon | Posted 09.17.2011 | Impact
Gabrielle Canon

St. Barnabas provides a community for those who need daily assistance and enables participants to enjoy a greater quality of life, increased independence, and the opportunity to grow in a social family environment.

The Myth of California's Death Penalty

James Clark | Posted 09.12.2011 | Los Angeles
James Clark

California's sudden drop in death sentences and the momentum to replace the death penalty with a real public safety solution didn't just crop up out of nowhere. They're the result of the death penalty's myths being exposed.

Four Billion Beams of Moonlight

Adam Kleinberg | Posted 09.11.2011 | San Francisco
Adam Kleinberg

I'm utterly fascinated by how Governor Jerry Brown has chosen to position the new California budget that was just passed. It could have been slightly more transparent and less appealing.

A New Community College Crackdown

| Erica Perez | Posted 09.10.2011 | San Francisco

This story comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Erica Perez The California Community Colleges Board of Governors today will consider a p...

California Slashes Services For Poor, Elderly, Disabled

Posted 09.02.2011 | Impact

The just-passed California budget is expected to leave next year's government with a multibillion dollar deficit. But the legislation also includes ...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 09.01.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, economic tremors continued to rattle the world. In Greece, despite ongoing protests, the government passed harsh austerity measures. Closer to home, California passed a budget with deep cuts to social safety net programs and the state's once-vaunted higher education system. And, in Minnesota, a budget impasse forced the government to begin furloughing state workers and shutting down services, including state parks -- just in time for the 4th of July holiday weekend. Minnesota Republicans, who rejected Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's revenue proposals, are obviously not familiar with the new Harvard study, which found that kids who attend July 4 celebrations are more likely to become Republicans later in life. One less 4th of July picnic in the park; one less future Bachmann voter.

California Master Plan (1960-2011)

Lars Walton | Posted 08.31.2011 | College
Lars Walton

The loss of the Master Plan will leave a major void in the State of California. It is expected that the State will experience a shortage of 1 million college graduates by 2025.

New California Budget Relies On 'Rosy' Economic Outlook

AP | By JUDY LIN | Posted 08.31.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown signed a budget just before the start of California's new fiscal year, a rare on-time package that includes a c...

Brown Signs Rare On-Time California Budget

AP | JUDY LIN | Posted 08.30.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a rare on-time budget a day before the start of California's fiscal year, a package tha...

No Budget? No Paycheck!

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Without getting too far into the weeds of the California budget process, here's what just happened.

California Lawmakers Pass Budget

AP | JUDY LIN | Posted 08.28.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Democrats and Republicans both found something to dislike in California's newest spending plan, which passed with only Demo...

CA Set To Pass Budget, No GOP Support Needed

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 08.28.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown are set to achieve something that is rarely accomplished in California: pass a bu...