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  • There's been a cultural sea-change in Sacramento

    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...
  • Toni Atkins on her first budget as Speaker: 'I feel pretty good'

    Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), culminating her first budget negotiation as the top Assembly Democrat, touted increased education spending in the newly-passed $156.4-billion spending plan, but said she was disappointed that the plan did not increase...
  • Optimistic on economy, California lawmakers OK $156.4-billion budget

    Optimistic on economy, California lawmakers OK $156.4-billion budget
    Flush with optimism from California's resurgent economy, lawmakers approved a $156.4-billion state budget that expands preschool for children from poor families, increases welfare payments and provides critical funding for building the nation's first...
  • Gov. Brown, lawmakers trade goodies to reach on-time budget

    Gov. Brown, lawmakers trade goodies to reach on-time budget
    Old-fashioned horse trading, back scratching and leveraging — the proven path to successful legislating, especially budgeting. It may emit a slight odor for the queasy. But it beats how, say, some Sunnis and Shiites settle their differences....
  • Flags to fly at half-staff in San Diego after death of Tony Gwynn

    Mayor Kevin Faulconer ordered flags at city facilities flown at half-mast in honor of baseball legend and civic icon Tony Gwynn, who died Monday at age 54 of cancer. Faulconer also canceled two news conferences scheduled to discuss hot political topics:...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown to sign budget in San Diego

    Gov. Jerry Brown will head south to San Diego to sign the state budget on Friday morning, his office announced. The governor is being joined by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento). Brown has...
  • Jerry Brown signs budget; California government 'actually working'

    Jerry Brown signs budget; California government 'actually working'
    Gov. Jerry Brown signed California’s new $156.3-billion budget on Friday, ensuring a permanent source of state funding for construction of the bullet train he has championed. The budget, which includes a $108-billion general fund, $7.3 billion...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown signs California budget after smooth process

    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...
  • Toni Atkins to be sworn in as Assembly speaker on Monday

    Toni Atkins to be sworn in as Assembly speaker on Monday
    Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, a Democrat from San Diego, will become the state's 69th Assembly speaker in a swearing-in ceremony Monday afternoon. Among those set to be in attendance is Gov. Jerry Brown, who will watch as Atkins takes the oath of office in...
  • It's official: Toni Atkins sworn in as Assembly speaker

    It's official: Toni Atkins sworn in as Assembly speaker
    With a gospel choir's serenade and countless references to Appalachia, the Assembly inaugurated Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, a Democrat from San Diego, as its new Speaker on Monday. Atkins took the oath of office with wife Jennifer LeSar at her side....
  • New California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins inaugurated

    The state Assembly will now be led with a Southern twang, after Appalachian-born Toni Atkins, a Democrat from San Diego, was inaugurated as speaker Monday. In an afternoon ceremony in the Assembly chambers, complete with a gospel choir, she was sworn in...