24Feb

February 24, 2017

Political Stories – Top stories Does California have a ‘fiscal emergency?’ Possibly, but Gov. Brown won’t declare one — Approved by voters more than two years ago, Proposition 2 created a rainy-day reserve that can only be tapped if the governor declares a “fiscal emergency.” That hasn’t happened yet, and the fund will total an estimated $6.7 […]

23Feb

February 23, 2017

Political Stories – Top stories A 27-year pace to close California gender-wage gap is too slow, lawmakers say — Twenty-seven years is too long to wait for the state to close a persistent wage gap in its workforce, lawmakers told a group of state department leaders on Wednesday. That’s how long state officials estimate it will take […]

22Feb

February 22, 2017

Political Stories – Top stories McCarthy, Nunes hold fundraiser amid protestor claims they are ignoring them — Two Republican congressional leaders are facing criticism over their decision to attend a fundraiser Tuesday. Fresno Bee article; Bakersfield Californian article Riot police, protestors clash at chaotic Stockton council meeting — Twenty Stockton police officers wearing riot helmets with face shields herded […]

21Feb

February 21, 2017

Political Stories – Top stories Dan Walters: It’s high time to legislate about times of our lives — The adults who run schools seemingly are more interested in their convenience than the well-being of their young charges. So will the state intervene with Portantino’s Senate Bill 328? It’s high time that it did, but only time will tell. Walters column […]

20Feb

February 20, 2017

Political Stories – Top stories Dan Walters: Once again, poll finds voters are ignorant on budget — It’s been said that ignorance is bliss. If that’s true, California voters must be an especially happy group, because their ignorance of state finances is massive and pervasive. Walters column in Sacramento Bee Trump’s proposal would deport more immigrants immediately – Federal […]

19Feb

February 19, 2017

Political Stories – Top stories A Trump ally in Congress warns his state, California, to make nice – Mr. McCarthy left no doubt that his loyalties in this fight were east of the Mississippi River. He assailed California’s Democratic leaders for provoking the president, and warned that it could prove damaging to the state, particularly as the […]

18Feb

February 18, 2017

Political Stories – Top stories California legislation would create single-payer health care system – A push for a single-payer health care system in California is making a comeback. State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens (Los Angeles County) plans to introduce legislation Friday to create a single system that would provide health insurance to every California resident. San Francisco Chronicle […]

17Feb

February 17, 2016

Political Stories – Top stories Dan Walters: Rendon tires of Trump talk, while de Leon keeps ranting — As Rendon was signaling that he wants to attend to California’s matters, his counterpart in the Senate, President Pro Tem Kevin de León went on another rant, this time about repealing a federal regulation affecting his pet program. De […]

16Feb

February 16, 2017

Political Stories – Top stories Nunes’ defense of ex-national security adviser raises his profile – and ire against him – Congressman Devin Nunes, the Republican from Tulare whose national profile has been rising as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, is suddenly facing a firestorm of controversy in Washington, D.C., unlike anything he has […]

15Feb

February 15, 2017

Political Stories Top stories Dan Walters: As cap and trade awaits fate, auction tests market — Whither cap and trade? California’s high-profile – and highly controversial – program of selling greenhouse gas emission allowances will be tested again next week in the year’s first quarterly auction. Walters column in Sacramento Bee  State analyst warns about […]