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One Legislative Story on the Budget
6-1-2011 4:03 pm
Ray Haynes
State Capitol

The Legislature is getting to the point where it must pass a budget.  The good news is that the Democrats don't need a single Republican vote to pass that...

Another Ammo Bill Passes Out Of Senate
6-1-2011 11:37 am
Doug LaMalfa
North California

SB 124, a bill to further regulate and limit ammunition purchases passes the State Senate.  It is a followup to AB 962 of last year that was found...

Jerry Brown - & His emerging crime wave
5-25-2011 10:56 am
Shawn Steel

With the appropriately named Brown vs. Plata up to 46,000 felons will be prematurely released from California state prisons. The vast majority of these...

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Correa Gains BOLD PAC Endorsement

Source: Liberal OC
Sep 4, 2015 2:19 pm

Injecting his campaign with a big boost of momentum, today former California State Senator Lou Correa secured a heavyweight endorsement from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ fundraising arm, the Building Our Leadership Diversity (BOLD) PAC, in h…

Bay Area lawmakers offer tix for Pope’s visit

Source: CCTimes/OakTrib Politics Blog
Sep 3, 2015 9:20 pm

A few Bay Area House members are holding lotteries in which their constituents can win tickets to see Pope Francis during his U.S. visit later this month. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, is offering tickets for the pontiff’s address to a joint sessio…

Past Bay Area ethics probes pale beside Honda’s

Source: CCTimes/OakTrib Politics Blog
Sep 3, 2015 8:26 pm

The allegations leveled against Rep. Mike Honda in an Office of Congressional Ethics report and made public by the House Ethics Committee on Thursday are arguably the most significant allegations any Bay Area House member has faced in decades. The OC…

Correa Denies Rumor He Sought Support from OC GOP

Source: Liberal OC
Sep 3, 2015 7:27 pm

Sometimes silly season starts sooner than expected. A longtime source called me last night to tell me that former state senator Lou Correa had met with senior officials from the OC GOP to discuss switching his party affiliation from Democratic to Rep…

AB 219 Closes Wage Loophole on Public Construction Projects

Source: Calitics
Sep 3, 2015 4:26 pm

By Steve Smith California has long been committed to ensuring that anyone employed on a public works construction project earns a living wage. That just means the wages paid to women and men who build the public structures we all use aren't driven in…

Rep. Linda Sanchez Backs Lou Correa for Congress

Source: Liberal OC
Sep 3, 2015 3:08 pm

Hot off the press: In an early and significant development, Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-37) has officially endorsed former State Senator Lou Correa to replace Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez in the 46th Congressional District.   “I have known …

Top Five Tax Traps Small Business Owners Need to Avoid

Source: FlashReport
Sep 3, 2015 2:06 pm

As Vice Chair of the California State Board of Equalization (BOE), I regularly hear from small business owners who are caught off guard by tax liabilities. This isn’t surprising given the complexity of California’s tax laws. Even the most well-me…

Why are Republicans Maienschein & Waldron Supporting Asset Forfeiture Legislation?

Source: FlashReport
Sep 3, 2015 12:43 pm

[Publisher’s Note: As part of an ongoing effort to bring original, thoughtful commentary to you here at the FlashReport, we are pleased to present this column from Don Giottonini.] As co-authors of Assembly Bill 96, Republican Assemblymembers Brain…

Katy Grimes: California’s Biggest Penal Experiment In Modern History Gets Worse

Source: FlashReport
Sep 3, 2015 2:03 am

California embarked on a “grand experiment” in 2011 with a massive prison downsizing.  Responding to a 2009 order by a federal three-judge panel, California had to reduce its overpopulated prisons by 25 percent within two years. This amounted to…

Bao Nguyen gets BlueAmericaBlog Endorsement for Congress

Source: Liberal OC
Sep 2, 2015 4:30 pm

BlueAmerica, a very good liberal political blog, has endorsed Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen for CD-46 in Orange County. And they’ve featured Nguyen on a page for national political contributions by making the case the Democrats who lost in 2014…

November 2014: Irvine Police Support Lalloway; August 2015: Lalloway

Source: Liberal OC
Sep 2, 2015 2:56 pm

Last November, a flyer in the shape of an oversized Irvine Police Badge showed up on cars parked outside of churches and temples throughout Irvine from an Independent Expenditure that let every know “Your Irvine Police Officers Support Jeff Lal…

Katy Grimes: WWll Did Not End For Japanese Soldiers Deported to Siberia

Source: FlashReport
Sep 2, 2015 1:54 am

This is the first in a series of stories about the Japanese forced in to labor camps in Siberia immediately following the end of WWll. Seventy years have passed since World War II ended, but for many Japanese soldiers captured and deported to Soviet…

Ballot measure fee to rise from $200 to $2000

Source: CCTimes/OakTrib Politics Blog
Sep 1, 2015 9:44 pm

It’s about to get a lot more expensive to submit a proposed ballot measure in California. Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill by Assemblymen Evan Low, D-Campbell, and Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, that raises the fee for submitting a ballot …

Ed Ring: Median Total Compensation for Redwood City Firefighters – At Least $226,365

Source: FlashReport
Sep 1, 2015 9:36 pm

Back in February 2014 the California Policy Center publicly announced the Transparent California website, developed in partnership with the Nevada Policy Research Institute. An article covering this announcement was posted on the Forbes Magazine webs…

George Miller to serve as lecturer at Cal

Source: CCTimes/OakTrib Politics Blog
Sep 1, 2015 9:13 pm

Well, he did say he wanted to stay involved in education and education policy. Former Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, who retired this year after 40 years in the House, will join the University of California, Berkeley as the Fall 2015 Matsui Lecturer…

The Irvine GOP Council Majority’s Karma Sandwich

Source: Liberal OC
Sep 1, 2015 2:43 pm

The Daily Pilot reported on the State Joint Audit Committee’s vote to audit the city of Irvine’s Investigation of the Great Park, ignoring pleas from the entire OC Republican state assembly and state senate delegation to do so.  So much …

If “anti-tax” groups supposedly want zero taxes, don’t tax increase groups want 100% taxes?

Source: FlashReport
Sep 1, 2015 12:01 pm

In America, we have a double standard when it comes to tax issue groups.  The press and the Left labels any group that opposes tax increases as “anti-tax.”  Yet I’ve NEVER heard the left wing groups pushing higher taxes defined as…

Is StemExpress Intimidating Former Employees?

Source: FlashReport
Sep 1, 2015 4:27 am

The ugly truth about the business side of the abortion culture in America recently became even more gruesome. The undercover operation of the Center for Medical Progress revealed Planned Parenthood’s government subsidized abortion and political bu…

Proposed measure would drop drinking age to 18

Source: CCTimes/OakTrib Politics Blog
Aug 31, 2015 9:00 pm

Terrance Lynn doesn’t see himself as the new patron saint of college keggers, but his proposed ballot measure to lower California’s drinking age from 21 to 18 might get him there nonetheless. Lynn, 42, of Portola Valley, sees it as a civil-rights…

Gov. Jerry Brown creates cybersecurity center

Source: CCTimes/OakTrib Politics Blog
Aug 31, 2015 5:22 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown signed an executive order Monday to bolster California’s preparedness for cyber-attacks which could disrupt the Golden State’s economy and infrastructure or violate residents’ privacy and lead to identity theft. The order direc…

Gavin Newsom & wife expecting fourth child

Source: CCTimes/OakTrib Politics Blog
Aug 31, 2015 2:45 pm

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom made a big announcement Monday morning on Facebook: “Jen and I are excited to announce that we are expecting a baby boy this winter!” Seems like they’re trying to populate their own little “Citizenville.” Newsom, 47, a…

San Bernardino pension shift to save $2.7 million

Source: Cal Pensions
Aug 31, 2015 4:28 am

Bankrupt San Bernardino approved a plan last week to disband the city fire department and annex the city to a large county fire district. Part of the expected savings is $2.7 million a year from avoiding future CalPERS rate increases. City firefighte…

New Research Shocker: It’s Official — Trump’s Nuts

Source: CalBuzz
Aug 31, 2015 4:01 am

Rummaging through decades of dust and rat leavings, our Department of Archival Research and Hoarder Magazine Stacks in recent weeks has examined every document, file and cocktail napkin scribble that is cached in our bomb shelter archive, desperately…

CA17: Ro Khanna got married

Source: CCTimes/OakTrib Politics Blog
Aug 30, 2015 9:19 pm

17th Congressional District candidate Ro Khanna got married Saturday in Cleveland. Per the New York Times: Ritu Ahuja and Rohit Khanna were married Saturday in Cleveland. Pandit Ashok Bhargava officiated at Severance Hall, the home of the Cleveland O…

Privatize library services. It works. Just ask Riverside County.

Source: FlashReport
Aug 30, 2015 6:20 pm

In 2009 I wrote a controversial piece about privatizing library services.  Well, it was controversial for public employee librarians and their fans.  But it’s not just some unproven theory — it’s been done, and done well. Riversid…

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