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.
Posted Dec. 7, 2013, 9:01 am
As the new year approaches, a new era also looms for California medicine, and the changes are not due only to the Affordable Health Care Act, better known as Obamacare.
Posted Nov. 30, 2013, 8:52 am
There could be no better Christmas present for bunches of Democratic politicians than an announcement from Gov. Jerry Brown that he will not seek a second straight term in office, fourth of his lifetime.
Posted Nov. 19, 2013, 8:13 am
State Sen. Ted W. Lieu, who represents Santa Monica and parts of the South Bay, has been given a 90-percent score by the Sierra Club, a rating that was not exceeded by any other lawmaker in the 120-member Legislature, for his votes during the recently completed 2013 session of the Legislature.
Posted Nov. 17, 2013, 8:52 am
There is little doubt about the historical veracity of one statement in the text of a recently vetoed California law that would have required at least some signatures for ballot initiatives to be gathered by volunteers instead of paid workers:
Posted Nov. 16, 2013, 8:54 am
Republicans have been talking big this fall, saying they expect to improve greatly on their current 15 seats in California’s delegation of 53 members on the House of Representatives.
Posted Oct. 16, 2013, 4:56 pm
Albert Einstein, Marion Davis, Clark Gable, and Carole Lombard – The Willows just two blocks from the heart of Palm Springs has hosted these luminaries through the years since it was built in 1924, and now has been meticulously restored to recreate the ambiance and elegance of their time.
Posted Oct. 12, 2013, 9:07 am
It was one of the smartest and also one of the most obvious decisions Gov. Jerry Brown made after his latest term began in early 2011 – canceling the planned sale of 11 choice state office buildings to private investors.
Posted Sep. 15, 2013, 8:12 am
For the 47th time in the last 10 years, an out-of-state electricity generating company has just agreed to repay big bucks to Californians for overcharges during the power crunch of the early 2000s.
Posted Sep. 11, 2013, 8:59 am
Governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a public-safety measure mandating full restitution to taxpayers from those convicted of falsely reporting emergencies to 911 -- commonly known as "swatting."
Posted Sep. 8, 2013, 9:40 am
Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed into law a bill by Sen. Ted W. Lieu (who represents Santa Monica, the Westside, and the South Bay) that renews his successful 2009 law to remove pollution-spewing abandoned vessels from state waterways.
Posted Sep. 8, 2013, 8:58 am
As the lines begin to blur between American citizens living in California and immigrants who are here legally, it’s fair to begin asking what’s the difference? What rights and privileges should be reserved strictly for citizens?
Posted Aug. 25, 2013, 8:39 am
There has long been a suspicion that the $68 billion plan to build a 432-mile high speed rail system between Los Angeles and San Francisco was too little, too late. Essentially, some say, it could be the last hurrah for an outdated technology.
Posted Aug. 1, 2013, 8:42 am
Legoland, which is home to more than 60 rides, shows, and attractions, has a new claim to fame: it has the world’s largest Lego model on display – the Star Wars X-wing starfighter.
Posted Jul. 29, 2013, 9:05 am
Bank on this: As oil drilling companies begin ramping up for large numbers of wells in the Saudi Arabian-sized Monterey Shale geologic formation, opponents will paint some doomsday scenarios.
Posted Jul. 13, 2013, 8:57 am
By now, most Californians have probably heard that a huge geologic formation known as the Monterey Shale contains oil and natural gas in Saudi Arabian-style quantities, locked up in underground rocks lacing an area extending more than 100 miles along the west side of the San Joaquin Valley and beyond.
Posted Jul. 9, 2013, 8:51 am
Finding your way to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino from Santa Monica is a piece of cake – jump on the 10 Freeway and head east for about 140 miles.
Posted Jul. 4, 2013, 8:37 am
Yosemite National Park is nature at its best with nearly 1,200 square miles of deep valleys, grand meadows, and ancient giant sequoias.
Posted Jun. 29, 2013, 8:58 am
It’s one thing to give undocumented immigrants an opportunity – however limited and lengthy and expensive – to gain American citizenship if they’ve lived and worked in this country for a long time while contributing and without committing any criminal offenses.
Posted Jun. 25, 2013, 9:12 am
Famous for scenic beauty, cultural attractions, diverse communities, and world class cuisine, San Francisco’s landmarks include the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, Chinatown, Union Square, North Beach, the Castro District, and Mission Dolores.
Posted Jun. 20, 2013, 8:21 am
Meaning “land of plenty,” the Napa Valley name was given to the area by the native Wappo Indian population.
Posted Jun. 1, 2013, 8:55 am
If there’s one dominant reason for the distrust many Californians feel for governments at all levels, it’s the sense that special interests regularly pour millions of dollars into federal, state and local election campaigns while contriving to hide their identities.
Posted Apr. 27, 2013, 8:47 am
Normally, it's uncomfortable at best to hear a federal judge -- let alone a panel of three such jurists -- thunder criticism atone from the bench.
Posted Apr. 13, 2013, 7:58 am
No one is seriously suggesting that California will soon become another Cyprus, the Greek-speaking Mediterranean island nation whose economic bailout plan includes dunning holders of “large” bank accounts as much as half their holdings and freezing the rest.