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California Democrats Fight For $1.5 Billion Education Plan

Reuters | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 9 (Reuters) - A proposal to offer free preschool to all California 4-year-olds faces its...

California Pension Fund For Teachers Faces Huge Funding Shortfall

Reuters | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. April 3 (Reuters) - The pension fund for public school teachers in California faces a long-term shortfall of $74 billion, threate...

Run-Away Rain: No Rescue for California's Crippling Drought

Peter Getty | Posted 03.11.2014 | Green
Peter Getty

Since most of the rain run-off ended up in the Pacific Ocean, there's little left to quench the thirsty empty reservoirs and therefore, unusable.

Governor Brown, Don't Frack California

Jamie Henn | Posted 03.11.2014 | Green
Jamie Henn

Similar to President Obama, Governor Brown likes to think of himself as climate champion. In a recent speech, Brown said, "The challenge facing California is not just drought today; it's climate change, now and forever." But just like President Obama, Brown has refused to stand up to Big Oil.

Californian Innovation Tackles Salinity with Solar Desalination

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 03.01.2014 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

California has not experienced a drought the likes of the current epic crisis since the year 1580 - as evidenced from tree ring growth. Some Calif...

Governor Brown Given Another Chance to Offer Real Solutions to Prison Overcrowding in California

Lynne Lyman | Posted 04.14.2014 | San Francisco
Lynne Lyman

When Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his proposed 2014-2015 budget it included over $500 million in additional spending for private prison contracts, anticipating an additional 10,000 inmates over the next few years.

As Obama Heads to Drought-Stricken California, Many Solutions Await

Steve Fleischli | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Steve Fleischli

While we enjoyed some light rain last week, the drought hasn't let up by any measure. We've been hit by droughts before, but climate change will make "critically dry" years occur more frequently. It also will threaten the water we need for our homes, farms, and businesses.

California's Jerry Brown: The Richest Candidate in the Nation's Poorest State

John Hrabe | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
John Hrabe

Walmart and other multi-national corporations have made Brown the richest candidate in the country. No wonder the governor is indifferent to inequality.

Head Of Nation's Bank Bailout Running For California Governor

AP | JULIET WILLIAMS | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury official who was the architect of the nation's bank bailout at the height of the rec...

What's the Big Idea? Debating the Future of a Great Urban Park

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 03.09.2014 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

The current, rather frothy debate about proposed development at Crissy Field in the Presidio at San Francisco's Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which arguably ranks in significance with New York's Central Park and Washington, DC's National Mall, deserves more national attention.

California Democrats Urge More Education Spending

Reuters | Posted 02.10.2014 | Los Angeles

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Democrats who control California's Assembly said on Wednesday their priorities for the next state budget include m...

All They Want for Christmas Is Their Freedom: Will Governor Brown Grant Clemency to the California 12?

Mark Godsey | Posted 02.08.2014 | Crime
Mark Godsey

When an innocent person is exonerated and walks out of prison, it's always a big news story. What we don't see are the thousands of people who will never go home, not because they are any less innocent, but because there is some legal procedural bar stopping their case.

Lydia O'Connor

Why These Environmentalists Are Protesting A Climate Change Pact

HuffingtonPost.com | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.30.2013 | Green

California Governor Jerry Brown’s signing of a climate deal with Oregon, Washington and British Columbia in San Francisco on Monday drew dozens of p...

Follow Governor Brown's Lead on Lead

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

With all of the health risks and environmental contaminants we contend with on a daily basis, why would we not do ourselves and wildlife a long overdue favor by removing lead ammunition from hunting?

Hope Won't Die for Paralysis Cure Research Bill

Don C. Reed | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Governor Jerry Brown recently vetoed California's paralysis program -- for the second time. Assembly Bill 714 (Wieckowski, D-Fremont) would have prov...

State Passes Law Protecting Homeless Teens From Law Enforcement

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

California officials are no longer required to report homeless teens to law enforcement thanks to a bill that was signed into law on Wednesday. Th...

New Rule: Conservatives Who Love to Brag About American Exceptionalism Must Come Here to California

Bill Maher | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Bill Maher

Everything Republicans say can't or won't work, California is making work. And everything conservatives claim will unravel the fabric of our society has only made California stronger. And all we had to do to accomplish that was vote out every single Republican.

State Senate Approves Bill Bumping Minimum Wage To $10

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California's minimum wage would rise to $10 an hour within three years under a bill passed Thursday by the state Legislatur...

State Lawmakers Pass Prison Crowding Plan

Reuters | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Funding for a compromise plan aimed at easing overcrowding in the California's tro...

California Controversy: Let's Not Expand the Market in Women's Eggs

Marcy Darnovsky, Ph.D. | Posted 11.03.2013 | Los Angeles
Marcy Darnovsky, Ph.D.

Given that many women who have undergone egg retrieval in the fertility context have experienced complications, and that the procedure's risks are still understudied, we believe that adequate safety data must be collected before we make that decision.

Dem Criticizes California Prison Crowding Plan

Reuters | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

By Sharon Bernstein LOS ANGELES, Aug 28 (Reuters) - A plan by California Governor Jerry Brown to ease prison crowding by leasing space...

Transgender Teen Petitions Governor For Trans Rights In Schools

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.01.2013 | Gay Voices

Over the past several months, Ashton Lee, a transgender 16-year-old from Manteca, California, has been at the forefront of the state's political arena...

California Clearly a Top State for Business

Mike Rossi | Posted 07.24.2013 | Los Angeles
Mike Rossi

When it comes to being one of the Top States for Business, there are those who talk about their potential and those who exercise it. For the Golden St...

Major Funding Changes Are Coming To California Schools

Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

After several decades without any major changes, the way California funds its schools is being completely revamped. On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown sig...

‘I Want To Run For Governor'

Posted 06.19.2013 | Los Angeles

Outgoing LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Tuesday that he "fully expect[s]" to run for governor. In an interview with KPCC's Larry Mantle, Villa...