Posted Apr. 27, 2013, 8:56 am
Last fall’s overwhelming, more than 3-1 Latino vote for President Obama has at last gotten leading Republican politicians to realize they can’t permanently treat all 11 million undocumented immigrants like criminals.
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. 20, 2013, 10:16 am
Like flowers blooming in the spring, Republican candidates for governor have begun to pop up during the last few weeks.
Posted Apr. 14, 2013, 9:30 am
Former Democratic Assemblywoman Betsy Butler, who lost in a close race to Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom for the 50th Assembly District last year, will seek the 62nd Assembly District seat of termed out Assemblyman Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, in 2014, according to The Sacramento Bee.
Posted Apr. 13, 2013, 8:19 am
There has been some dispute over whether the labor shortages California farmers reported over the last few years are real. It turns out they are very real, but that doesn’t quiet the skeptics.
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.
Posted Apr. 6, 2013, 9:27 am
“Peace mom” Cindy Sheehan will make a stop in Santa Monica Sunday as part of her bike ride from California to Washington, D.C.
Posted Apr. 6, 2013, 9:05 am
For more than half a century, the Election Night fate of California Republican candidates could be foretold early in the vote count: If a Republican emerged from Orange County with a lead of 250,000 or more votes, he or she would almost always win statewide office.
Posted Apr. 6, 2013, 9:02 am
I think Americans are unfairly and even wrongly apathetic about whether or not the U.S. Postal Service survives into the 21st century. Waiting in line at any of the three Santa Monica branches I frequent (5th and Arizona, 1217 Wilshire, 2720 Neilson Way) one is tempted to point at trends and conclude that the day of the mailed letter, the brown paper-wrapped box from Grandma for your birthday, the card with $5 in it for your high school graduation… all of that is vanishing Americana.
Posted Apr. 6, 2013, 8:58 am
Starting with the day in January 1848 when gold flakes and nuggets first turned up at Sutter’s Mill northeast of Sacramento, California has seen plenty of economic miracles, each focused in a different part of the state.
Posted Mar. 30, 2013, 6:00 am
The dramatically tectonic nature of the national Republican Party’s shift on immigration policy wasn’t really clear until Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, long a favorite of the ultra-conservative Tea Party, in late March suddenly came out for a pathway to citizenship for some illegal immigrants – even though he doesn’t want it called anything like that.
Posted Mar. 30, 2013, 6:00 am
One reason Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30 tax increases passed so handily last fall was that many voters became convinced that if they didn’t say yes to the new levies, the sky would fall.
Posted Mar. 16, 2013, 6:00 am
California’s Parole Board goes by the book, even when it comes to the most heinous murderers. It pretty much has to, or its decisions will be overturned by the courts, which must rule on the letter of the law.
Posted Mar. 16, 2013, 6:00 am
Banana republics got their appellation during the 1920s, when dictators ruling countries like Honduras and Guatemala made decisions on the say-so of banana growing companies, strictly for the profit of those companies – and usually at the expense of the local citizenry.
Posted Mar. 9, 2013, 9:28 am
From the moment AB 32 and its mandate for greenhouse gas reductions passed in 2006, conservative opponents and climate change deniers have vilifie...
Posted Mar. 3, 2013, 9:09 am
Since 2006, everyone with Medicare has had access to outpatient prescription drug coverage. As there are a lot of options and choices to be made, the path to that coverage can be complicated. In an effort to lessen some of those complications, here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Medicare prescription drug coverage.
Posted Mar. 2, 2013, 8:42 am
Major politicians both nationally and in California are talking as if changes in America’s immigration system are now inevitable, including a guest worker program and “amnesty,” the code name for allowing some kind of pathway for illegal immigrants eventually to become U.S. citizens.
Posted Mar. 2, 2013, 8:39 am
Gov. Jerry Brown has never described it quite this way, but the essence of what he wants to do with many of the new tax dollars from last fall’s Proposition 30 is finish the job begun in 1971 by the Serrano v. Priest decision of the California Supreme Court.
Posted Feb. 23, 2013, 9:40 am
It’s easy to see the four-day job-poaching foray into California just completed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry as an isolated incident. But this was really just the latest skirmish in an economic war the Lone Star state has waged against California for more than a decade.
Posted Feb. 23, 2013, 9:10 am
Bettina Duval started The CALIFORNIA LIST (californialist.org) in April 2002. Her mission: to create opportunities for women to run for public office and the election of pro-choice, democratic women to the California State Senate, Assembly, and Executive Branch.
Posted Feb. 23, 2013, 9:07 am
California could have three or more facilities receiving liquefied natural gas (LNG) today, but for massive popular resistance to the prices and possible dangers they might have brought. If those plants had been built, the phenomenon of fracking would mean something very different than it now does.
Posted Feb. 16, 2013, 8:56 am
The battle lines over what may become this year’s most contentious, intractable legislative battle began to form within a day or two of when Gov. Jerry Brown uttered two key sentences in his mid-January state of the state speech:
Posted Feb. 16, 2013, 8:51 am
The photo you see is a picture of the gun in my life right now. It’s not a real gun; it’s a prop for my current theater piece “AUTO PARTS.” It’s used at a moment when a jilted wife seeks her revenge on her husband. It’s actually a pellet pistol, used to shoot plastic pellets. They are available at most sporting goods stores and this one cost me $18 bucks.
Posted Feb. 2, 2013, 6:00 am
Almost every California Republican today realizes the party faces a serious dilemma upon whose resolution hinges the very life of the GOP in America’s largest state.
Posted Feb. 1, 2013, 8:16 am
A unique set of circumstances has altered the political representation of Santa Monica’s electorate as a State Senator that residents did not vote for is now representing the City.