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  • Loan for bullet train part of Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal

    Under a little-noticed item in Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget, the state would lend California's bullet train agency $29 million to keep the project moving ahead amid increased uncertainty about the availability of future funding for the massive...
  • California should give all kids the pre-K advantage

    California should give all kids the pre-K advantage
    "Early education is our No. 1 priority." That's the 2014 message from California Democrats. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg introduced the Kindergarten Readiness Act (SB 837) on Jan. 6, and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez included an...
  • California leaders remember and mourn Mandela

    SACRAMENTO -- California politicians on Thursday mourned the death of Nelson Mandela, the iconic South African leader who helped bring an end to apartheid. “Nelson Mandela fought heroically for freedom and a truly democratic society," Gov. Jerry...
  • Assembly Democrats outline budget plans

    SACRAMENTO -- With California's finances rebounding, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) sees an opportunity to stash billions of dollars in a rainy day fund and spend more money on social services and educational programs.  Pérez and...
  • Judge adds solitary confinement to prison crowding negotiations

    Judge adds solitary confinement to prison crowding negotiations
    This post has been updated. SACRAMENTO — Federal judges considering California’s request for more time to reduce prison crowding have asked the state in turn to limit how long some mentally ill prisoners spend in solitary confinement. U.S....
  • State to provide $75 million in mental health grants

    State Treasurer Bill Lockyer has announced the approval of $75.3 million in grants that aim to stabilize residents with severe mental illness before they land in jails or hospitals. The grants will go to 28 counties for new or expanded services. They...
  • Shouldn't Leland Yee be innocent until proven guilty?

    Should society punish people based on the severity of the allegations against them, or only on the severity of the crimes for which they are convicted? The answer should be pretty clear in an innocent-until-proven-guilty nation, but that’s not how...
  • Is the Legislature rotten to its core?

    Now that the California Senate has voted to suspend three of its members, all accused or convicted of criminal wrongdoing, legislators hope the issue will quickly vanish. And that's precisely the problem with this action. Giving three senators a "time...
  • In unprecedented move, state Senate votes to suspend three lawmakers

    SACRAMENTO — Reeling from embarrassing bribery, corruption and voter fraud scandals, the state Senate took the unprecedented action Friday of voting to suspend three Democratic lawmakers from office pending the resolution of criminal charges against...
  • Even old hands are stunned by Yee allegations

    SACRAMENTO — If there has ever been a more nauseating corruption scandal in Sacramento, I'm not aware of it. Certainly not in the past 50 years. The notion of a legislator masquerading as a gun control crusader while offering to help a mobster...
  • Should accused California legislators still be paid?

    Should accused California legislators still be paid?
    Many Californians are outraged that state Sens. Leland Yee, Ronald S. Calderon and Roderick D. Wright, all of whom have been either accused or convicted of crimes, will continue to collect their $95,291 annual salaries while they're suspended from their...