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. 24, 2013, 6:46 am
Imagine a California where polio becomes a threat to children’s health again, as it was before the 1950s, when first the Salk vaccine and later the even more effective Sabin formula threw this dreaded and crippling disease into dormancy.
Posted Nov. 23, 2013, 7:35 am
There was a time, and not so long ago, when politicians who flouted deeply held public feelings often faced survival threats the next time they ran for reelection.
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. 18, 2013, 9:28 am
Congressman Henry Waxman (Dem-33rd District) today sent a letter to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Acting Chairman Deborah Hersman reiterating his request for a thorough investigation of the fatal Santa Monica Airport crash on September 29.
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 Nov. 3, 2013, 8:00 am
When the history of this fall’s partial government shutdown and debt limit battle is written, it may well list as one prime victim the pathway to citizenship long sought by undocumented immigrants.
Posted Oct. 30, 2013, 9:31 am
Congressman Henry Waxman (Dem-33rd District) has joined fellow representatives Adam Schiff, Brad Sherman, Karen Bass, Janice Hahn, Tony Cardenas, and Alan Lowenthal, and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer in sending a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta to request that the agency release its schedule for completing the next steps identified in the FAA’s Report on the Los Angeles Helicopter Noise Initiative.
Posted Oct. 27, 2013, 9:10 am
No American immigration program draws as mixed reviews as the H-1B plan that allows U.S. companies to import foreign workers when there are no qualified Americans available to do the same jobs.
Posted Oct. 26, 2013, 9:14 am
Alex Maese is an example of how mistaken critics can be when they claim, as they have for decades, that Californians are not smart or sophisticated enough for direct democracy via ballot propositions.
Posted Oct. 20, 2013, 6:00 am
The unproven, unprovable but persistent myth that undocumented immigrants are a vast financial burden on the American taxpayer is now extending to the unlikely field of organ transplants.
Posted Oct. 19, 2013, 6:20 am
Maybe it’s been just an ego thing or a matter of turf, but administrators and some alumni groups at the University of California and the California State University systems for years have adamantly opposed the notion of community colleges granting anything more than two-year associate of arts degrees.
Posted Oct. 13, 2013, 9:26 am
If you have Medicare, you may be confused by the buzz surrounding the launch of the new health insurance marketplaces, which are part of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare).
Posted Oct. 13, 2013, 9:00 am
Suddenly this fall, a potential threat has emerged to the vote-counting reliability Californians have enjoyed for the last six years.
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 Oct. 6, 2013, 10:16 am
No state agency over the years has so disregarded the interests of both ordinary citizens and business owners as the state Public Utilities Commission.
Posted Oct. 5, 2013, 9:23 am
Assemblymembers Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) and Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) announced Friday that Governor Jerry Brown had signed their emergency legislation (AB 1222) to prevent the federal decertification of local transit authorities across the state that would jeopardize billions of dollars in federal transit grants resulting in massive project termination and thousands of job losses.
Posted Sep. 29, 2013, 8:58 am
For most of the last five years, the pessimists Gov. Jerry Brown likes to call “declinists” were out in force, shouting to everyone who would listen that California’s best days are behind it, that Texas is the place to go. Some of them even profited from such moves, working as business relocation consultants.
Posted Sep. 28, 2013, 9:05 am
Anyone who says there was no effect from political rule changes California used for the first time last year just hasn’t been watching. These included ”top two” primary elections, slightly revised term limits and use of election districts drawn by non-partisan non-politicians.
Posted Sep. 27, 2013, 9:15 am
By the time Santa Monica residents hit the polls to vote for a new president in 2016, some of those voters would be the beneficiaries of a new State law increasing their hourly pay.
Posted Sep. 27, 2013, 8:49 am
Often lost among the local headlines of development agreements, specific plans, or light rail expansion are big picture issues such as healthcare, international relations, sequestration, the national debt, and party politics.
Posted Sep. 14, 2013, 8:16 am
The Tea Party, most conservative element of today’s Republican Party, takes its name from a historic incident. But today it appears to be ignoring history, at least the recent political history of California.
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. 7, 2013, 9:39 am
Assembly Members Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) and Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) announced Wednesday they have introduced emergency legislation (AB 1222) to prevent the federal decertification of local transit authorities across the state that would jeopardize billions of dollars in federal transit grants resulting in massive project termination and thousands of job losses.