| Dec 7, 2014
| 6:09 PM
First of all, Californians think that raising university tuition again is a really bad idea. A non-starter.
Second, although the University of California is crying for more state money, it needs to get in line. Join the crowd of folks with their hands...
| Dec 10, 2014
| 9:03 PM
Maybe it's because he is a contrarian. But Gov. Jerry Brown doesn't go for conventional celebrating.
Also, he now believes, why give two speeches when one will do just fine?
Brown announced Monday that he'll combine his fourth-term inaugural address...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 3:58 PM
Proposition 46 is a classic example of a citizens' initiative that should never have been on the ballot.
It's also a classic example of why some initiative system is needed so citizens can do their own lawmaking when the elected lawmakers won't.
| Jan 6, 2011
| 5:00 PM
Arnold Schwarzenegger, the governor who promoted himself as a reformer, made a mockery of reform on his way out the Capitol door.
The Republican governor who flamboyantly vowed to "blow up the boxes" and couldn't figure out how to do it, wound up...
| Dec 24, 2014
| 7:28 PM
We can all dream, so here's my wish list for Christmas gifts.
If none show up under the tree, that's OK. I can wait. But I won't hold my breath.
I've wished for some of these presents previously but pretty much been blown off by Santa.
At the top of...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 8:11 PM
It's not that Gov. Jerry Brown did anything illegal. It clearly was within the law. But it had an odor.
It's the kind of smell that turns off the public from politics and exacerbates the ridiculously low voter participation in elections.
| Jan 7, 2015
| 8:09 PM
Jerry Brown, who has blown hot and cold over the years, seems to have settled down. But you never know ....
Throughout Gov. Jerry Brown's record-length political career, we've never known quite what to expect. What's real and what's not? He has blown...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 6:48 PM
Tuesday's groundbreaking for California's bullet train was sort of like having a christening with the baby still in utero.
It was like having a christening for a baby that's still an embryo in a Petri dish.
As exciting as it is to think...
| Nov 3, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Remember Willie Stark, the charming, corrupt character in "All the King's Men"? He had it right.
"If ya don't vote, ya don't matter!" he shouted while barnstorming for governor.
That was in the 2006 movie version of Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Six state propositions are on the ballot and none are sexy. All are snoozers. But each is significant.
Some, in fact, are game-changers.
Why else would the medical profession and insurance companies be spending well over $100 million to beat back...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 8:39 PM
When political neophyte Pete Peterson was thinking about running for California secretary of state, his mentor urged him on with surfer logic: "Sometimes you need to be the guy in the water when the wave hits."
The mentor was former Secretary of State...