Posted Sep. 6, 2014, 8:59 am
Two years from now, Californians will not only be thinking about electing a U.S. senator, 53 members of Congress and a President, but most likely also about the possibility of carving up their state into six new ones.
Posted Sep. 5, 2014, 9:21 am
A bill proposed by State Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, to expand the definition of stalking in order to limit the amount of time paparazzi could stake out in front of someone’s home or workplace gained the support of his colleagues in both legislative houses and is awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature.
Posted Aug. 30, 2014, 8:55 am
There are still skeptics who maintain the California economy remains in recession, that talk of economic recovery amounts to whistling past the proverbial graveyard when unemployment remains above 7 per cent.
Posted Aug. 24, 2014, 8:55 am
And so California government now walks a tightrope, put in that position by one of the latest in the large corps of successful high-tech startups this state has spawned over the last few decades.
Posted Aug. 17, 2014, 8:51 am
No one knows better than Democratic Party politicians that voters who tend to support them are at high tide in November general elections during even-numbered years when offices like President and governor and U.S. senator are at stake.
Posted Aug. 16, 2014, 6:00 am
For the last 20 years – ever since passage in 1994 of California’s abortive anti-illegal immigrant Proposition 187 – Democrats here and around America have increasingly depended on Latino votes.
Posted Aug. 10, 2014, 8:36 am
To some, it seems almost as if California has lately become New Jersey West. Incidents of possible corruption and conflict of interest are seemingly exposed at least once a month these days, with almost no consequences for anyone involved.
Posted Jun. 21, 2014, 7:10 am
Backers of an initiative that would divide California into six states will gather signatures at 143 locations throughout the state today and Sunday in an attempt to put the measure on the November 2016 ballot.
Posted Jun. 21, 2014, 6:54 am
There was a clear message when the state Senate in mid-June first rejected a ban on legislators taking campaign contributions during the last 100 days of each lawmaking session, and then partially reversed itself to finally pass a watered-down version covering a much shorter time period.
Posted May. 11, 2014, 8:59 am
For many decades, the California Public Utilities Commission and the big companies it regulates – Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas and San Diego Gas & Electric have engaged in an elaborate Kabuki dance every time any company wants to raise rates.
Posted May. 3, 2014, 7:33 am
Businesses are moving out of California -- or at least building new plants in other states -- in droves because this is such a high-tax state. That’s the frequent claim of Republican politicians who have tried to bludgeon Democrats for years with the issue.
Posted Apr. 27, 2014, 8:45 am
It’s all the rage these days to say that politics has been changed enormously by the combination of the “top two” primary election system and voters’ increasing reluctance to declare allegiance to either major political party.
Posted Apr. 26, 2014, 8:56 am
When a city like Carson, home to one large oil refinery and next-door neighbor to another, hard by the junction of two major freeways and site of both a Cal State campus and a Major League Soccer stadium, slaps a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing because of environmental questions, you know fracking of California’s vast oil and gas reserves is no sure thing.
Posted Apr. 20, 2014, 8:57 am
Members of the Santa Monica Democratic Club will vote to endorse candidates for the June 3 Primary Election at its meeting this Wednesday, April 23.
Posted Apr. 19, 2014, 8:56 am
“Henry Waxman served the people of the 33rd Congressional District for 40 years. He changed the lives of individual people for the better and he changed the future of our country with his legislative work: the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Affordable Care Act,” stated Wendy Greuel.
Posted Apr. 14, 2014, 9:16 am
The next front in California’s long-running water wars has already opened, and the reasons for it will sometimes be hard to see – but not always.
Posted Apr. 6, 2014, 9:03 am
Talk to corporate executives and they’ll often say California is a difficult place to do business, in part because consumers can file class action lawsuits willy-nilly, even when their companies haven’t screwed up.
Posted Mar. 23, 2014, 8:50 am
Few topics divide California as consistently or as evenly as the death penalty. The last time voters had their say on it, they opted by a vote of just over 51-49 percent to keep it around.
Posted Mar. 22, 2014, 6:00 am
One well-worn thought that has not been heard since Jerry Brown in 2010 won his third term as governor is the notion that California’s state Capitol needs some adult supervision.
Posted Mar. 15, 2014, 8:57 am
In the wake of the recent death of a 51-year-old baggage employee of contractor Menzies Aviation, State Senator Ted Lieu (Dem-28th District) has called for a state investigation into possibly unsafe working conditions at Los Angeles International Airport.
Posted Mar. 15, 2014, 8:49 am
From the moment Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed America’s first minimum wage law in 1938 (25 cents per hour, or $11 a week), conservatives have fought increases every time and everywhere they’ve been proposed.
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. 8, 2014, 8:32 am
LA County Supervisor Third District candidates John Duran, Sheila Kuehl, Bobby Shriver, and Pamela Conley Ulich will take part in a debate on Thursday, March 20.
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. 2, 2014, 7:58 am
For years, those who claim President Barack Obama was born in Kenya or someplace other than the Hawaii hospital indicated on the birth certificate issued by that state’s officials have claimed their effort is neither political nor racist, but merely purist.