December 21, 2016

Political Stories –Top stories California Supreme Court halts death penalty measure — The California Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked a voter-approved measure intended to speed up the appeals process for the state’s Death Row inmates to give it time to consider a lawsuit challenging the measure. AP article California bill would ban marijuana advertising on freeway billboards – tate […]


December 20, 2016

Political Stories- Top stories Cities, counties plan immigrant legal aid after Trump’s win – Major U.S. cities and counties are beefing up legal services for immigrants to help them fight deportation and avoid fraudulent lawyers in the wake of Donald Trump’s election and his hard-line immigration enforcement promises. AP article Asian American donors are banking on John Chiang […]


December 19, 2016

Political Stories – Top stories Brown exploring if new bond measure can be divvied up differently – Gov. Jerry Brown hasn’t given up his quest to reform how the state allocates money for school construction, even though state voters last month approved a $9 billion school facilities bond that left the current funding system in place. EdSource article […]


December 18, 2016

Political Stories – Top stories John Myers: The long, cold winter for California’s pension funds is coming — For those who believe that California is in danger of breaking its promise of retirement cash for local and state government workers, this week marks another important milestone in taking stock of the effort to change course. Myers in LA Times Gun […]


December 17, 2016

Political Stories – Top stories Obama signs water bill; what does it mean for the Delta? – President Barack Obama on Friday signed a massive infrastructure bill designed to control floods, fund dams and deliver more water to farmers in California’s drought-ravaged Central Valley. Obama signed the $12 billion bill in a distinctly low-key act. Controversial provisions […]


December 16, 2016

Political Stories – Top stories California is itching to take on Trump. Here are the prominent figures leading the charge – Beyond the state’s representatives in Washington — including Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosiand U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris — the roster of Trump antagonists in California is a lengthy one. Here’s a field guide to the Californians on […]


December 15, 2016

Political Stories – Top stories Jerry Brown strikes defiant tone: ‘We will launch its own damn satellite’ — Gov. Jerry Brown, rallying a room of scientists Wednesday with his most heated rhetoric yet on the topic, suggested California would defy the federal government should President-elect Donald Trump impede the state’s efforts to thwart climate change. Sacramento Bee article; KQED […]


December 14, 2016

Political Stories-Top stories Dan Walters: Two large inland cities have new mayors, seek new paths — Darrell Steinberg was sworn in as Sacramento’s latest mayor on Tuesday and in Fresno, 170 miles down Highway 99, Lee Brand will join the mayoral ranks in a few weeks. As inland California’s two largest cities undergo executive changes, both […]


December 13, 2016

Political Stories – Top stories Dan Walters: Donald Trump forces a California water deal without lifting a finger — A compromise bill that, in effect, reallocates federally controlled water in California – much to the delight of farmers and the dismay of environmentalists – won final congressional approval Friday. Hammered out by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Bakersfield’s Kevin […]


December 12, 2016

Political Stories – Top stories A problem ‘too big to ignore’ – how years of congressional wrangling led to a water compromise — It took years of negotiations, and the right political timing, to bring the first major water policy affecting California in decades through the House and Senate. Over frayed feelings and filibuster threats, both chambers overwhelmingly […]