| Oct 28, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Jerry Brown drew chuckles decades ago when he suggested that California launch its own communications satellite into space. He had a more down-to-earth proposal when he ran for governor in 2010.
He wanted to line the state's highways with shimmering...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 8:02 PM
The campaign for state controller, the job responsible for paying the state's bills, was expected to be one of the year's most hotly contested, the showcase for a rising Republican star from the Central Valley.
But it hasn't worked out that way....
| Nov 2, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Many aspects of the Nov. 4 election have an old and familiar ring for the generation of Californians who went to the polls 40 years ago. Jerry Brown first ran for governor in 1974 and is running again, this time for a fourth term. Henry Waxman first ran...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 2:54 PM
At a Glance:
Occupation: Teacher, Woodbury University
Political affiliation: Democrat
Education: Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology -- Doctor of Education (Ed. D.) in Organization Leadership
Woodbury University --...
| 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...
| Nov 15, 2014
| 5:46 PM
La Cañada voters bucked the statewide trend to vote Democrat and instead largely backed GOP candidates in the Nov. 4 General Election, according to results posted by the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters office.
La Cañadans also turned out more...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 11:57 AM
California marked another financial milestone last month, ending the fiscal year with leftover cash for the first time since 2007, according to a new report from the state controller.
The general fund had $1.5 billion in cash as of June 30, the report...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 10:00 AM
Taxpayers and local governments are on the hook to pay nearly $800 million stemming from "legal" pension spiking over the next two decades, the state controller said Tuesday.
The price tag came as Controller John Chiang issued a new audit of the...