| Apr 9, 2014
| 6:01 PM
It's rather refreshing that the next California Assembly Speaker spent her early years in a house with no indoor plumbing.
Her family carried in water from a spring for drinking, cooking and washing. For a bathroom, they trekked to an outhouse....
| Apr 2, 2014
| 4:50 PM
SACRAMENTO -- Mark your calendars: The Assembly will have a new speaker May 12.
Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) was designated speaker-elect in an Assembly vote two weeks ago.
Multiple Capitol sources confirm that on Wednesday, current...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 6:00 PM
Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling striking down limits on what wealthy donors can contribute to political campaigns overall drew a lot of hand-wringing from good government groups and some candidates.
But at least one Republican operative saw the...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 2:52 PM
SACRAMENTO --Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) now has a new title: Madame Speaker-elect.
In a voice vote Monday on the Assembly floor, lawmakers deemed Atkins their next leader. The proceedings were marked not with suspense -- Atkins had locked...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 2:33 PM
SAN DIEGO — Amid controversy over the killer whale shows at SeaWorld, the City Council on Tuesday unanimously declared March to be SeaWorld San Diego Month.
The proclamation, on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the park on Mission Bay,...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 12:59 PM
SAN DIEGO -- A state legislator from Santa Monica is introducing a bill that would prohibit orca shows at SeaWorld in San Diego.
The bill by Assemblyman Richard Hershel Bloom, a Democrat, would make it illegal to use orcas "for performance or...
| Mar 8, 2014
| 10:02 AM
SAN DIEGO -- A bill by a Santa Monica assemblyman that would ban orca shows at SeaWorld is being blasted in San Diego, home of the marine theme park.
SeaWorld expressed doubt about the legality of the legislation.
"The premise behind this proposed...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 4:40 PM
SACRAMENTO -- The Assembly will hold a vote next Monday to determine its new leader, the office of Speaker John A. Pérez confirmed Wednesday.
Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), who has already locked up the unanimous approval of Assembly...
| May 25, 2014
| 5:40 PM
When statehouse discussions turn to business, one theme recurs for the newly elected speaker of the Assembly: balance.
Taking a balanced approach, Toni Atkins explains, is key to reconciling the demand for jobs with environmental, health, safety,...
| May 30, 2014
| 9:39 PM
As the biggest cheerleader for California's $68-billion bullet train, Gov. Jerry Brown has battled lawsuits from angry landowners and intractable opposition from Republicans. And two years ago, the project barely survived a vote in a Legislature...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Today's primary is brimming with Assembly races featuring intra-party squabbles, torrents of outside money and general election previews. Having trouble keeping track? Here's a guide to the top three Assembly races to keep an eye on today.