| 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...
| Nov 4, 2010
Our mother ship, the Los Angeles Times, broke the story first. The Huffington Post picked it up. "An eccentric, globetrotting multibillionaire who doesn't own a home in California — or anywhere, for that matter; he says he has little use for...
| Nov 4, 2010
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| May 16, 2010
California's latest budget implosion, leaving the state in a multibillion dollar hole, is another stark reminder that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has not fulfilled the central pledge from the 2003 recall election - to tame the state's chronic deficits...
| Apr 23, 2010
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Glendale’s contribution to employee pension plans in 2001: zero. The city’s check in 2009: $22.6 million.
The growing burden of the California Public Employees Retirement System on Glendale’s bottom line in the last decade has been...
| Aug 4, 2010
Aug. 4, 2010 A federal judge in San Francisco rules that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry, striking down Proposition 8, the voter approved ballot measure that banned same-sex unions. U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker said...
| Nov 8, 2009
Frustrated at California's woes, voters are sharply pessimistic about whether the next governor will be able to move the state in the right direction, and most believe California is in the midst of a long-term decline, a new Los Angeles Times/USC poll...
| Jan 2, 2011
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Jerry Brown, the enigmatic former governor who always seemed to be eyeing his next political post, returns to the state capital this week to lead a much different California than the one he oversaw 28 years ago.
The state's finances are in a deep...