| Mar 18, 2015
| 8:15 PM
Sixteen years ago a prominent Republican stopped me on the street to complain that his party was in denial. It was falling fast, he said, with little hope.
The California GOP was "like an alcoholic," the pol asserted. "We all want him to recover, but...
| Mar 19, 2015
| 3:39 PM
No matter how much longer California’s drought lingers, politicians don’t have the power to make it rain. So on Thursday they tried the next best thing – they proposed showering the state’s parched landscape with money.
| Mar 14, 2015
| 12:00 PM
Jose and Ana Sanchez ran for their lives during El Salvador's civil war, resettled in Los Angeles and joined the working class.
They landed minimum-wage jobs in the garment district, then started Ana's Ice Cream, motoring through the city to peddle...
| Mar 11, 2015
| 5:00 AM
Students at UC Irvine learned valuable lessons last week after the student council passed a misguided resolution banning flag displays in its lobby. Among them: Don't mess with Old Glory. Policymaking has real-world effects. And, perhaps most important,...
| Feb 26, 2015
| 5:30 AM
The top Democrat in California's State Assembly visited Chinatown on Wednesday to unveil a plan to boost affordable housing in the state.
Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins is proposing a new $75 fee on many real estate transactions, with the proceeds...
| Feb 24, 2015
| 1:37 PM
A group of women lawmakers on Tuesday proposed legislation aimed at helping female workers in California get the same pay as male colleagues.
The bill would strengthen protections against pay discrimination and retaliation against workers who make...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 11:45 AM
Seeking to address California's high poverty rate, legislative leaders unveiled a plan Wednesday to expand access to state-subsidized child care.
The plan -- by Senate leader Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego)...
| Feb 15, 2015
| 7:12 PM
The state purchased $540,000 worth of new Ford Fusion Hybrids and other cars for legislators over the last 18 months, prompting criticism from taxpayer activists who call the vehicles unnecessary political perks given at a time when many Californians...
| Feb 11, 2015
| 9:08 PM
Fuel-efficient cars are great for the air and the planet. But they're lousy for our highways, especially those battery-powered vehicles. Let me remind you why.
The more gasoline we buy, the more gas tax we pay. And it's the gas tax that funds road...
| Feb 11, 2015
| 4:00 AM
Pennsylvania resident Amy Shao enrolled at UCLA last year knowing that she would pay a steep $23,000 more for tuition than her classmates who grew up in California. But with a lot of help from her parents, large loans and some federal grants, she has...
| Feb 4, 2015
| 3:16 PM
Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins proposed a plan Wednesday for funding road maintenance with $1.8 billion in fees on California drivers.
The fees would total roughly $52 annually for most people behind the wheel, according to preliminary details released by...