| Jul 3, 2014
| 3:02 PM
Senate Democrats knocked $3 billion off their water bond proposal Thursday, putting forth a $7.5 billion plan just as the Legislature adjourned for its month-long summer recess.
The measure is a scaled-back version of the $10.5 billion bond by Sen. Lois...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 1:21 PM
A dispute over giving a floor pass to a liberal blogger/documentarian to cover the state Senate boiled over Thursday with the Democratic and Republican leaders taking verbal jabs at each other.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento)...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 5:21 PM
A group of activists pressing for tougher campaign finance rules has stirred things up at the Capitol, resulting in more than 40 arrests of its members and sparking debate about democracy and government.
A dozen activists from the group 99Rise walked...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 4:47 PM
Soon-departing state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg is one politician who frankly admits that successful legislating requires aggressive deal making.
It may, at times, look unseemly. But passing important bills doesn't just happen immaculately....
| Jun 4, 2014
| 10:58 PM
This week’s primary election splashed a little cold water on Democrats’ hopes that they would have an easy time recapturing supermajorities in both house of the Legislature this year.
Republicans were, by wide margins, the top vote-getters in...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 4:26 PM
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti met with Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders Thursday in his first visit to the Capitol since taking office.
Water infrastructure and a proposed film tax credit were at the top of the day's agenda.
| Jun 6, 2014
| 1:22 PM
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined two leading state Senate Democrats on Friday to support a plan to invest the state's cap-and-trade revenue in mass transit and affordable housing.
"This is smart legislation," Garcetti said, "because it would...
| Jun 7, 2014
| 7:00 AM
State lawmakers from both parties want Elon Musk to know that they're ready to open the checkbook to persuade Tesla Motors to put its "gigafactory" battery plant in California. The thing is, it's not their checkbook, it's yours.
But maybe they should...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 2:47 PM
The state Senate took action Monday aimed at restoring public trust after a series of scandals by creating a new position of ethics ombudsman, installing protections for whistle-blowers and banning the raising of campaign funds during August, the last...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 12:34 PM
With only days left to hammer out a deal on the state budget, legislative leaders say they're close to a final agreement.
"We've still got some details to flesh out," said Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego). "We feel pretty good about where we...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 8:04 PM
Driving an electric Tesla Model S sedan, the governor of Texas whisked into the state capital of California on Tuesday with a not-subtle message that he wants to keep nabbing businesses from the Golden State.
Although in the state for a series of...