| Oct 19, 2014
| 6:54 PM
State Sen. Darrell Steinberg officially stepped off the stage last week. And Sen. Kevin de León stepped on it. Did he ever!
Drums, mariachis, a color guard, political VIPs. It was a full-throated "inauguration" at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown...
| Oct 12, 2014
| 6:10 PM
About the only thing Propositions 1 and 2 have in common is they're being used as props of a different kind by Gov. Jerry Brown. They're handy stage props for the governor's reelection campaign.
You've got to tip your hat to a political magician who can...
| Jul 23, 2014
| 5:47 PM
Who can be against building, modernizing or repairing schools? It's good for children and creates jobs.
It improves learning and stimulates the economy.
It's like motherhood and apple pie. Who dares dump on that?
Well, behind closed doors in the...
| Oct 12, 2014
| 4:00 PM
As California's Republican Party contemplates its way out of the political wilderness, most of the public debate has focused on questions of ideology: Can social conservatives stomach moderation on issues such as abortion or gay marriage in exchange for...
| Oct 5, 2014
| 6:36 PM
One thumb up for Gov. Jerry Brown. And the other thumb down.
The governor signed a bill inserting a smidgen of sense in California's oft-abused ballot initiative system. Excellent.
But he vetoed legislation imposing sensible ethics rules on Capitol...
| 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.
| Sep 21, 2014
| 6:02 PM
Californians who enjoy fishing, heads up: Gov. Jerry Brown has his eye on your tackle box.
He's especially interested in your lead sinkers, starting with the tiny split shot.
Those little buggers can get lost in the water and be ingested by careless...
| Jul 20, 2009
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been chanting this mantra since he first landed in Sacramento: Sacramento must learn to live within its means.
The volume rose in late June when budget talks heated up.
The governor lambasted "Sacramento's failure to...
| Aug 8, 2009
Vincent Bugliosi has moved on, but the world hasn't. Forty years after the impossibly grisly Tate-LaBianca murders, he is still "the Manson prosecutor." This, in spite of his many books since, arguing with magisterial fury about the JFK assassination, the...
| Dec 7, 2009
Within a few weeks, the embattled and belittled California Legislature will take one of two actions:
* Approve state Sen. Abel Maldonado's nomination by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to be lieutenant governor because that's the smart and right thing to do....
| Nov 5, 2010
One good thing about mid-term elections is that they give voters a chance to learn about new candidates without the distraction of the wild presidential race.
One excellent potential elected official emerged from this season, and she is worth watching in...