Posted Mar. 10, 2014, 9:25 am
The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) published its quarterly list of the 500 largest delinquencies of sales and use taxes on Tuesday, revealing more than half a billion dollars that remain unpaid from taxpayers.
Posted Mar. 9, 2014, 6:00 am
At the very moment that California’s largest utility company was being assessed a $14 million fine for failing to report discovery of flawed records on its gas pipelines in the San Francisco Peninsula town of San Carlos, the same company was asking for well over $1 billion in rate increases to pay for repairs to that very same pipeline system.
Posted Mar. 9, 2014, 6:00 am
As a formality, the filing period deadline for the June 3 primary election was extended from Friday until Wednesday for the 33rd Congressional District with incumbent Henry Waxman not seeking reelection.
Posted Mar. 8, 2014, 8:01 am
Jerry Brown has been called a lot of things in his 45-year political career, from “Gov. Moonbeam” to “the old man,” but no one ever accused him of being a do-nothing dud of a politician. Until now.
Posted Mar. 7, 2014, 12:38 pm
With the Santa Monica Pier as his backgdrop, Assemblyman Richard Bloom (Dem-50th District) on Friday morning announced he had introduced legislation that seeks to phase out killer whale, or orca, captivity in California.
Posted Mar. 3, 2014, 9:24 am
Want a home away from home experience while visiting Bear Big for a weekend? Consider looking into Big Bear Resort Town Rentals.
Posted Mar. 3, 2014, 9:21 am
It may have been a warm winter in Santa Monica, but Big Bear Mountain Resorts (BBMR) just two hours away added nearly 11 inches of snow over the weekend from the slow-moving winter storm.
Posted Mar. 1, 2014, 9:37 am
A $687.4 million package to help address California’s devastatingly dry conditions and to increase local water supplies to communities throughout the state is on its way to Governor Jerry Brown's desk for approval.
Posted Mar. 1, 2014, 9:09 am
Amid recent reports that police could not immediately respond to the shooting last November at Los Angeles International Airport because the emer...
Posted Mar. 1, 2014, 8:54 am
If there’s a state budget surplus, let’s return it to the people we took it from, goes the demand these days from conservative Republicans led by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who now represents a lot of barren desert and would like to be governor of California.
Posted Feb. 23, 2014, 8:48 am
For almost two months, parents of California public school pupils have been able to claim with no proof that their religion precludes getting their children vaccinated against once dreaded and disabling diseases like polio, rubella, mumps, pertussis and smallpox.
Posted Feb. 22, 2014, 6:38 am
Despite heavy mid-February rains that briefly drenched Northern California and the respectable ensuing snowfall in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the California drought remains.
Posted Feb. 17, 2014, 8:13 am
Assemblymember Richard Bloom (Dem-Santa Monica) has introduced legislation, AB 1699, to ban the sale of personal care products that contain mirco-plastic particle abrasives, commonly referred to as “microbeads,” that are found in products such as facial scrubs, soaps, and toothpaste.
Posted Feb. 8, 2014, 6:42 am
California Governor Jerry Brown and a lot of public school officials are just now rediscovering how right the 18th Century Scottish poet Robert Burns was when he observed that “The best laid plans of mice and men oft’ go astray.”
Posted Jan. 25, 2014, 8:58 am
Sometimes it can take more than a decade for a completely sensible idea to catch on. So it is with what may be the single best money-saving idea in the inventive preliminary budget proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown in early January.
Posted Jan. 18, 2014, 9:04 am
There is no longer any doubt about it: Even if California gets a bit of rain and snow over the next few weeks – and there is very little in forecasts for most of the state through Feb. 1 – we are in the midst of the worst drought since the mid-1970s.
Posted Jan. 16, 2014, 7:55 am
Anyone who hasn’t been to SeaWorld San Diego in a few years will be in for a treat with the arrival of its new mega-attraction Manta, a double-launch coaster that opened in May 2012.
Posted Jan. 12, 2014, 9:03 am
Like swallows returning to Capistrano, state legislators come back to Sacramento as each new year begins, ready to peck away at what they see as the state’s problems.
Posted Jan. 11, 2014, 8:53 am
It turns out that understanding the federal government’s late-December decision on where to site the testing of unmanned aircraft in U.S. skies is as simple as ABC: Anywhere but California.
Posted Jan. 5, 2014, 8:55 am
Gov. Jerry Brown hasn’t yet said whether he’ll run for a new term as governor, his fourth overall. Aides like to chortle that, “Well, he has until the March 7 filing deadline to decide.”
Posted Jan. 4, 2014, 8:22 am
Early January is usually a downtime in the co-dependent businesses of government and news, replete with vacation breaks for many. This can often net flaky ideas and words far more coverage than they deserve.
Posted Dec. 28, 2013, 6:54 am
Among the proposals by State Senator Ted Lieu taking effect Jan. 1 are increasing public safety, safeguarding consumers and taxpayers, expanding career opportunities for workers and protecting journalists.
Posted Dec. 8, 2013, 9:33 am
Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) has announced that Speaker John Perez has appointed him to the Assembly Transportation Committee – one of the key committees in the State Legislature with jurisdiction over sustainable development and greenhouse gas emissions reduction policies.
Posted Dec. 8, 2013, 9:05 am
Whether it’s the possibility of a magnetic levitation train or the hyperloop idea proposed by Elon Musk, founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX, the route of potential alternative designs for California’s putative bullet train invariably follows Interstate 5 from just west of Bakersfield to the San Francisco Bay area.