| 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...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 6:32 PM
SAN DIEGO — Putting the brakes on a controversial bill to ban killer whale shows at SeaWorld San Diego, an Assembly committee Tuesday called for additional study that could take at least 18 months.
Naomi Rose, a marine mammal scientist at the...
| 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 14, 2014
| 4:55 PM
SACRAMENTO -- Senate leader Darrell Steinberg on Monday outlined a new proposal for funding affordable housing, transportation upgrades and bullet train construction with money from California's cap-and-trade program.
The program, approved by the...
| Apr 20, 2014
| 5:55 PM
SACRAMENTO — High-stakes bargaining is about to begin in California's Capitol.
As the weather heats up in Sacramento every year, so does the intensity.
There'll be bartering over wonky programs and policies that for most citizens would be...
| Mar 5, 2014
It's not like the days when a Willie Brown or a Jesse Unruh could all but take out a lease on the Assembly speaker's offices in Sacramento. Term limits mean Toni Atkins will have to vacate the premises not much more than two years after she takes over the...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 12:35 PM
SACRAMENTO -- The world's most recognizable beagle may soon be spotted on California cars.
Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), along with officials from the Department of Motor Vehicles and other state agencies, publicized a new option for...
| 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...