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California Affirmative Action Bill Sparks Pushback From Asian-Americans

AP | JULIET WILLIAMS | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a prop...

PLASTIC: The Official Bag of California?

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 04.23.2014 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

Politicizing the environment makes for bad government and pandering to a special interest constituency is no justification for trading the benefit and betterment of our environment for the privilege and profit of a select few.

California Leading Way for Women on Corporate Boards

Susan Bulkeley Butler | Posted 11.27.2013 | Women
Susan Bulkeley Butler

California is known as a trendsetter for the rest of the country. Is the Golden State now setting a new trend for women in the corporate boardroom? We should all hope so.

CA Bill Would Let Undocumented Immigrants Practice Law

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 09.23.2013 | Latino Voices

Sergio Garcia’s fight to obtain a California law license despite his undocumented immigrant status has reached the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown through ...

Slash and Burn: The War Against California Pensions

Frying Pan News | Gary Cohn | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics

The following story was reported by Frying Pan News as part of its California Exposé investigative series, and published here in collaboration ...

Kate Sheppard

Progressive Groups Double Down On Ads Mocking Power Company After Lawyer Letter

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics

Progressive groups this week expanded an advertising campaign mocking Southern California Edison's position on rooftop solar power after the utility f...

Why Women Should Support California Senate Bill 115

Carol Chodroff | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Carol Chodroff

Too many children lack loving, supportive, stable caregivers in their lives. When our laws deprive our children of ongoing, loving relationships with the only parents they have ever known, we must all speak up on behalf of our children to preserve and protect those relationships.

A Blueprint for California's Budget

John A. Perez | Posted 07.14.2013 | Los Angeles
John A. Perez

With the Governor's May budget revision being announced this week and the Legislature working to pass a final budget by June 15, these are some of the issues Assembly Democrats will be focusing on to make sure our state takes the critical steps we need.

Republicans Are Irrelevant In CA Right Now. Will They Always Be?

AP | JULIET WILLIAMS | Posted 04.28.2013 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As Republicans nationwide reconsider the party's direction, nowhere is their challenge more daunting than in California. T...

Keep California Green and Charitable

Mattias Wallander | Posted 11.05.2012 | Green
Mattias Wallander

California is a model state when it comes to waste reduction, aiming to reduce waste going into landfills by 75 percent by 2020. But there is a new obstacle for California's efforts to reduce waste and it's sitting on Governor Jerry Brown's desk as I type.

How Jerry Brown Saved California Billions Of Dollars

AP | JULIET WILLIAMS and JUDY LIN | Posted 09.01.2012 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The state Legislature on Friday approved a package of changes to California's public employee pension system that is expected to...

Republican Party Shrivels In California Sun

The New York Times | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- This would seem a moment of great opportunity for California Republicans. The state has become a national symbol of fiscal turmoil and ...

How To Be 'Pretty Much Unbeatable' In California Politics

| Will Evans | Posted 07.10.2012 | Los Angeles

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Will Evans Legislative races in California have been the most expensive and among the ...

Who's Watching Out for Farm Workers Left Out in the Heat?

Hernan Vera | Posted 09.02.2012 | Latino Voices
Hernan Vera

Sixteen-year-old Nicholas Chavez had a summer job in 2011. But unlike many boys his age, Nicholas' summer job consisted of helping his parents pick bell peppers in the scorching fields outside Bakersfield, California.

California May Become First State To Write Mortgage Settlement Into Law

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 09.01.2012 | Business

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California would become the first state to write into law much of the national mortgage settlement negotiated this year wit...

Dems Look To Recapture Obama '08 Spirit

Steve Early | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Steve Early

In 2008, millions of Obama-for-president volunteers got fired up about electoral politics in a way they hadn't been before. The incoming president's 1...

Shades of Brown: Cities and the Governor's Pension Reforms (Part 2)

John Mirisch | Posted 01.09.2012 | Los Angeles
John Mirisch

Without serious pension reform, kiss new taxes or tax extensions goodbye, no matter how much money special interest groups or unions spend trying to sell us the latest bill of goods.

Shades of Brown: Cities and the Governor's Pension Reforms (Part 1)

John Mirisch | Posted 01.08.2012 | Los Angeles
John Mirisch

Even though there are those who would make it political, the subject of pension reform for government employees in California is not really a political issue: it's a mathematical issue.

California Budget Gap Could Be More Than Governor's Projections

Posted 01.04.2012 | Business

California's government could face a budget gap of up to $8 billion in its next fiscal year, substantially more than the $3.1 billion shortfall pr...

Bad Lawsuits Against Public Transit

Joel Epstein | Posted 11.29.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Here's an important story that may not have made it onto The Daily Show yet. While it is only a matter of time before Streetsblog Los Angeles has the...

California's High-Speed Rail Mistake

Joel Epstein | Posted 11.13.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

In an ideal world there would be enough money to build both the high-speed rail and all the regional mass transit California needs. But we don't live in that Emerald City.

The Farmers Field Saga: Hide and CEQA

John Mirisch | Posted 11.11.2011 | Los Angeles
John Mirisch

But the question at hand is not whether the Farmers Field project is good; the question is much simpler: should we be granting California Environmental Equality Act exceptions or mitigations for individual projects?

Last Call in Sacramento for 2011. Will Gov. Brown Make Ballot Initiatives Simpler?

Jamie Court | Posted 11.10.2011 | Los Angeles
Jamie Court

The clock ticking down on the last night in the California statehouse is always a lot like waiting for last call at a rowdy bar around 2 AM -- you wonder how much damage will done before the last shot.

Time for Sunshine in Sacramento

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 10.09.2011 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

Would you believe that, after the recent scandals in California around illegal compensation and government secrecy, the California legislature is keeping the budgets of legislators and legislative committees secret?

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.