| Sep 3, 2009
The Legislature is on the verge of two major achievements -- on prisons and water -- if lawmakers can be calm and rational during the final week of this year's regular session.
That means cooling the heated rhetoric -- particularly the staff-produced...
| Sep 11, 2009
Bernard L. Madoff's massive fraud stunned some of the wealthy denizens of Malibu Colony, especially when a couple devastated by the scheme surrendered their oceanfront home to Wells Fargo Bank.
But some neighbors say the real shocker came when they saw...
| Sep 27, 2009
The campus protests of the 1960s happened long enough ago that the images filter through in black-and-white, the tint of television newsreels and newspaper photographs back in the day:
Mario Savio, ushering in the Free Speech Movement from atop a...
| Feb 22, 2009
Nearly two years before we learn the results of the 2010 governor's race, the identity of the likely winner is clear: Northern California.
More than half of California's population may live south of the Tehachapi Mountains, but the state -- in matters of...
| Mar 6, 2009
Today's topic: Have California's efforts to legalize and regulate medical marijuana -- including Proposition 215, the 1996 voter initiative -- been successful? Scott Imler and Stephen Gutwillig will finish their discussion on Monday.
| Mar 16, 2009
In 1987, then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein set off a civic soap opera in San Francisco, performing a public Hamlet act in weighing whether to seek the congressional seat made vacant by the death of Rep. Sala Burton, widow of legendary congressman Phil Burton....
| Mar 29, 2009
Millennia before the power tie, the Romans targeted ancient political dress with the world's first campaign law: a 432 B.C. prohibition on office seekers parading in artificially whitened togas to symbolize purity.
This remains significant for two...
| Apr 1, 2009
Perhaps you heard the dealership's radio spots over the weekend and into Monday: "Don't tell Arnold!" The point being that it was the last few days to buy a car (or anything else) in California before the state sales tax increase. Arnold Schwarzenegger,...
| Apr 12, 2009
It took the greatest drop in state revenues since the Great Depression to crack it open, but California's dysfunctional budget process has finally been laid bare.
Now the question is, how can we fix it permanently? That consideration should frame the...
| Dec 20, 2009
Like an out-of-town gambler trying to elbow his way into the big game, Steve Poizner announced last week that he'd ante up $15 million of his own money for his campaign to become California's next governor. He's hoping that money changes everything. Or at...
| Dec 20, 2009
Altair Maine said he was so little supervised in his first few years of teaching at North Hollywood High School that he could "easily have shown a movie in class every day and earned tenure nonetheless."
Before second-grade teacher Kimberly Patterson...