| Jul 16, 2014
| 4:20 PM
California's public universities, state parks and other institutions will get less money to pay for overdue maintenance than they hoped, according to Gov. Jerry Brown's administration.
The new budget, which took effect July 1, would have set aside...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 6:21 PM
The Legislature went home for a month Thursday, but not before handing aerospace giant Lockheed Martin Corp. a controversial $420-million tax break.
Branded as a sweetheart deal for Lockheed, the bill sailed through the Assembly and Senate — but...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 2:08 PM
As a former resident of Bakersfield, I cringed when I read state Sen. Kevin de León’s comments about the decision to start building the bullet train in the Central Valley – a place he described as “the middle of nowhere” and just...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 9:33 AM
California's historical guarantee of public access to the shoreline has been under increasing attack in recent years, as oceanfront property owners try to ignore the fact that their glorious private views come with a public responsibility. In 2007,...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 12:14 PM
Frustrated beachgoers this summer will finally have a remedy against anyone who blocks public access to California's shoreline.
Under a new law that takes effect Tuesday, the California Coastal Commission will for the first time have the authority to...
| Jun 29, 2014
| 5:50 PM
People often ask me what are the biggest changes I've seen at the state Capitol since I began covering it half a century ago. Until recently, there wasn't a good answer. Now there is.
Back in the so-called good old days — or even 20 years ago...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 8:07 PM
Bringing a swift end to a low-key budget process, Gov. Jerry Brown signed California's new $156.3-billion spending plan on Friday.
He made almost no vetoes when approving the budget, which expands preschool to more poor children, increases welfare...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 5:46 PM
Since summertime is upon us, here is a modest proposal for Malibu: Stop enforcing any “no parking” signs on Pacific Coast Highway. Most of them are probably fake anyway.
Owners of beachside homes in California have gotten so out of control...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 6:32 PM
How soon people forget: One spring day just three years ago so much water was rampaging down the Sacramento River nobody knew where to put it.
All reservoirs up and down the Central Valley were full.
Oh, if only there was more storage space,...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 4:34 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown told legislative leaders Tuesday he wants a $6-billion water bond to be put before voters in November--a substantially lower price tag than proposals making their way through the Legislature.
Brown also made clear that he has concerns...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 10:49 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown told legislative leaders Tuesday that he wants a $6-billion water bond to be put before voters in November — a substantially lower price tag than proposals making their way through the Legislature.
Brown also made clear that he...