| Aug 29, 2014
| 9:39 AM
Lobbyists would no longer be allowed to host political fundraisers in their homes for state candidates under a bill given final legislative approval Thursday by the California Assembly just six months after a scandal involving the practice.
| Aug 20, 2014
| 12:26 PM
The Assembly on Wednesday approved a constitutional amendment that, if approved by voters, would allow pay and benefits to be withheld from suspended legislators, but the measure will not be appearing on the November ballot.
The measure by Senate...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 5:20 PM
California governors have enormous power to shove around legislatures. And Gov. Jerry Brown has learned how to use it without working up a sweat.
Here's the latest example:
At the state Capitol, the notion of providing schoolchildren with adequate...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 2:09 PM
Warning that there is only a narrow window of opportunity to act on water, Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that he and lawmakers were "very close" to a deal on a new water bond.
The governor touted his latest proposal, rolled out Monday as "a very...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 8:33 PM
Alisha Gutierrez, whose email address refers to her as the "tooth fairy," has spent years connecting developmentally disabled patients with specialized dental care.
But when a Santa Rosa man needed a root canal on a troubled molar earlier this year, the...
| Aug 10, 2014
| 4:00 PM
California's water system is an engineering marvel, a testament to generations of sustained investment and a vast, complex web of infrastructure. It makes Los Angeles possible. It is also in trouble.
The system's brilliance is that a snowflake can...
| Aug 3, 2014
| 6:05 PM
It's crunch time at the state Capitol.
Lawmakers return from summer recess Monday with less than a month left to act on key issues such as gun control measures introduced after the massacre in Isla Vista last spring and ethics measures proposed after...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and more than two dozen other Democratic members of California's congressional delegation are urging state lawmakers to pass legislation that would expand film and TV tax credits.
AB1839 passed the state Assembly 76-0 in...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 10:57 AM
With California's governor, lieutenant governor and state Senate president pro tem all out of town for part of Wednesday, newly elevated Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) finds herself briefly serving Wednesday as acting governor.
Atkins is the...
| 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
| 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...