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  • Shouldn't Leland Yee be innocent until proven guilty?

    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 —┬áIf 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...
  • Schnur: Secretary of state should be 'reformer-in-chief'

    Schnur: Secretary of state should be 'reformer-in-chief'
    SACRAMENTO--Secretary of State candidate Dan Schnur, denouncing lawmakers' response to the recent series of ethics scandals in the state Senate as "diffident and lackadaisical," cast his bid to be the state's top elections official as a campaign to be...
  • State senators call for focus on ethics; FBI searches 2nd Yee office

    State senators call for focus on ethics; FBI searches 2nd Yee office
    SACRAMENTO — Stung by criminal cases involving three state senators, Democratic legislative leaders vowed Tuesday to reassess their campaign finance practices, and canceled a lucrative golf fundraiser scheduled for this weekend. The promise of...
  • Some actions are beyond right and wrong

    Some actions are beyond right and wrong
    A refresher course in avoiding illegal corruption is being planned for state senators and their staffs. That can't hurt. But it's unlikely to clean up any dirty legislators. Illegal corruption is not a redundancy. There's also legal corruption....
  • Hernandez: More discussion needed on affirmative action

    SACRAMENTO -- State Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) portrayed Monday the shelving of his amendment to overturn the state's ban on affirmative action in higher education as an attempt to defuse the increasingly heated backlash the proposal has...
  • Republican state senators block campaign disclosure bill

    Republican state senators block campaign disclosure bill
    SACRAMENTO – Republican state Senators on Monday blocked a bill that would require more disclosure of those who contribute money through nonprofit groups to affect California elections, the first legislative setback for Democrats since they lost...
  • Delays would mean bigger costs for shoring up teacher pension fund

    SACRAMENTO — The longer California's leaders delay shoring up the cash-strapped teacher pension fund, the more money it will cost taxpayers in the long run, according to an analysis presented to lawmakers on Wednesday. If lawmakers and Gov....