| 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 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 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....
| Jul 14, 2014
| 5:00 AM
California's landmark climate change law, AB 32, has created a promising cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases that has put the state on track to meet its emissions goals for 2020, kick-started the state's green technology industry and generated...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 11:07 PM
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...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 9:18 PM
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown received a warm welcome from lawmakers Monday as he pitched his proposal to pay off debt and save money for future economic downturns.
He faced only one mild question during a rare appearance before a legislative...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 5:52 PM
I am compelled to get the word out regarding a Senate bill that could adversely affect private preschools in California. The bill is labeled SB 837 or Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2014. This bill is written with good intentions, but the implementation is...
| May 2, 2014
| 4:57 PM
SACRAMENTO -- State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said Friday he has fired a Capitol peace officer after learning that tests found cocaine in the officer’s system when he was involved in a fatal shooting in front of his home in 2012....
| 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...