| Nov 4, 2014
| 11:45 PM
Democrat John Chiang has won the contest for California treasurer, defeating Republican Greg Conlon.
The treasurer is responsible for managing the state's debt, such as selling bonds that fund major projects.
The campaign was one of the quietest...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 7:09 PM
California Republicans scored a rare victory in Tuesday's election by denying Democrats a two-thirds legislative supermajority that would consign GOP lawmakers to virtual irrelevance in the state Capitol.
For a party sharply diminished by two decades of...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Here's an ironclad guarantee: California's next state election will be tons more interesting than our just-concluded snoozer.
Make that the next two elections — in 2016 and 2018.
For starters, we'll be electing a new president in 2016. And...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 5:58 PM
A decade ago, many of California's public pension plans had plenty of money to pay for workers' retirements.
All that has changed, according to a far-reaching package of data from the state controller. Taxpayers are now on the hook for billions of...
| Oct 7, 2014
| 10:36 AM
Betty Yee, the Democratic candidate for controller, has more than double the amount of campaign funds available compared to her Republican rival, according to new documents filed with the state.
Yee, a member of the Board of Equalization, has nearly...
| Sep 28, 2014
| 5:00 AM
John Chiang was the best candidate for state treasurer in the June primary, and he's the best candidate now. A lawyer and a Democrat who is termed out of his job as state controller after eight years, Chiang has the experience and the political and...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 10:02 PM
John Chiang, California’s Democratic state controller, and Greg Conlon, a Republican and retired accountant, will compete for the state treasurer’s office in November.
Ellen Brown, a Green Party candidate, finished third and will not...
| May 14, 2014
| 6:44 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown definitely rules the roost in California's Capitol. And on Tuesday he was strutting and crowing and thoroughly enjoying himself.
Unlike previous governors—including his dad Pat Brown a half century ago—Jerry seldom holds...
| May 16, 2014
The California state treasurer is charged with investing the state's money and selling its bonds. That's not quite as sweeping as it sounds. The Legislature and voters actually decide what projects to sell bonds for, and there are numerous constraints...
| May 22, 2014
| 4:13 PM
Purple Hearts, Bronze Stars and personal belongings from the battlefield are among a trove of unclaimed property the state will try to return to more than 95,000 California veterans or their families under a new effort launched by the state controller's...
| May 23, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Assemblyman John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) has maintained a solid fundraising lead in the race for state controller, and new reports show him with $1.8 million in the bank as of May 17.
Pérez, who was the Assembly speaker until earlier this month, is...