| Dec 18, 2013
| 5:34 PM
Even in deep blue California, where Democrats dominate, organized labor is losing public popularity.
That's a general statement, based on nonpartisan polling.
Specifically, public employee unions are tarnishing all labor, according to the pollster....
| Feb 12, 2014
| 5:41 PM
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has dodged an artillery barrage fired by a battalion of liberals: federal judges and prisoners' lawyers. It's a big victory for the centrist.
But it's a win-win for a lot of people: the unrelenting judges and lawyers,...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Q: Why do American's have such short memories? When we went through the case of toxic melamine -- which the Chinese intentionally put in pet foods in 1997 -- animals (in the U.S.) died by the thousands. Now, according to the FDA, over 500 dogs have died...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 5:00 AM
There are two possible policy outcomes to a severe drought like the one California is experiencing now.
One is that the drought focuses the minds of political leaders and water users, prompting them to come together to craft a broad, comprehensive...
| Jan 19, 2014
| 6:01 PM
SACRAMENTO — So it's official: We are in a serious drought. That means this: Next comes serious flooding.
But we'll still be in a declared drought.
That's just the nature of California weather patterns — and water politics.
| Jan 22, 2014
| 6:24 PM
SACRAMENTO — So the state of the state's governor is static — at least until he is safely reelected.
Until the election year blows over, Gov. Jerry Brown is stationary — in a crouch, protecting himself politically, satisfied with the...
| Mar 9, 2014
| 5:35 PM
SACRAMENTO — Forget farmers vs. fishermen — or south state vs. north state. California's current water war is being waged most intensely by farmers against fellow farmers.
It's a Central Valley civil war. And within that vast food-...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 6:07 PM
SACRAMENTO — Fifty years ago, Republicans across America fought a titanic civil war for ideological supremacy. The decisive battleground was California. Conservatives won, and the party turned rightward.
It has veered in that direction ever since,...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 7:15 PM
SACRAMENTO — Are California voters ready yet to change Proposition 13 so that all corporations pay their fair share of property taxes? A new nonpartisan poll indicates they might be.
But a better, more relevant question is whether any state...
| Dec 22, 2013
| 5:56 PM
SACRAMENTO — California is the only major oil-producing state that does not tax the goo as it's pumped from the ground. And that seems bizarre.
After all, aren't we a high-tax state? That's what the antitax crowd keeps reminding us.
| Dec 29, 2013
| 6:48 PM
SACRAMENTO — From my skimpy research on New Year's resolutions, I've learned that 40% of us make them, and about 90% end in failure.
A dismal record of weak will.
Yet, New Year's resolutions should be encouraged because they're vital to self-...