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  • Assembly bill on ivory sales is worth approving

    In Africa, an elephant is killed every 15 minutes by poachers. That's 96 illegal killings a day. At that rate, the African elephant could be extinct in 10 years, conservationists say. Poachers, armed with guns and, on occasion, rocket-propelled grenades,...
  • Governor, lawmakers postpone negotiations over cap-and-trade funds

    Governor, lawmakers postpone negotiations over cap-and-trade funds
    Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders, currently in talks over next year’s budget, postponed negotiations over how to spend more than $1 billion raised by fees on polluters. At issue is roughly 40% of the $2.2 billion in revenue...
  • State Senate OKs climate change bill, seeks to ban new offshore drilling

    State Senate OKs climate change bill, seeks to ban new offshore drilling
    State senators passed legislation Wednesday intended to help California tackle climate change by setting new targets for generating renewable energy, reducing gasoline use and increasing energy efficiency in buildings. The lawmakers also approved a...
  • California Assembly passes two bills to deter frivolous ballot measures

    California Assembly passes two bills to deter frivolous ballot measures
    Amid outrage over a proposed initiative that calls for the execution of gays and lesbians, the California Assembly on Tuesday passed two bills to discourage outlandish ballot measures. One would increase the $200 filing fee for potential ballot...
  • Revised California budget plan helps schools and the poor

    A growing economy is fueling an expansive plan by Gov. Jerry Brown to provide billions more dollars for schools and a tax break for poor families, even as he accelerates spending to battle the ongoing drought. In a $169-billion budget plan released...
  • Proposed tax credit for California's poor receives bipartisan support

    Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal for a state tax credit for California’s poorest working families was praised by both Democratic and Republican legislative leaders Thursday, but that warm bipartisan embrace wasn’t extended to other portions...
  • L.A.'s grim homeless data: What can be done?

    L.A.'s grim homeless data: What can be done?
    The just-released results of Los Angeles County's 2015 homeless count are unambiguously depressing. The number of homeless people in the county, which should be going down, instead has gone up 12% since 2013, to 44,359 today. What's more, homelessness...
  • Fundraising blackout should apply to Senate and Assembly

    Fundraising blackout should apply to Senate and Assembly
    Next week, a 30-day fundraising “blackout” for state senators will kick in, during which they may not receive donations from lobbyists, nor ask for them. They may not so much as send out a measly invitation for a fundraiser. The ban ends the...
  • Tax credit, road repairs on budget wish list from Assembly Democrats

    Tax credit, road repairs on budget wish list from Assembly Democrats
    As California tax coffers burst with higher-than-expected revenue, Assembly Democrats on Tuesday detailed some of the ways they want to use the money. Topping their wish list are a new tax credit for poor Californians, more support for public...
  • Senate Democrats prod Gov. Jerry Brown for more drought spending

    Democrats in the state Senate want Gov. Jerry Brown to take swifter action to battle California’s drought, such as spending relief funds faster and prodding farmers to use water more efficiently. The recommendations, sent to the governor in a...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown seeks fines of up to $10,000 a day for water wasters

    Gov. Jerry Brown seeks fines of up to $10,000 a day for water wasters
    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown wants to fine big water wasters up to $10,000 per day, one of two new efforts he announced Tuesday to battle California’s drought. The higher penalties would be a sharp increase from the current $500 maximum...