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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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Time to Hear About Policy, Not Endorsements

Source: Liberal OC
Oct 9, 2015 6:51 pm

It’s endorsement season and candidates for Congress in CD-46, Assembly and State Senate seats are flooding my mailbox with news of their latest endorsement.  While I can appreciate each candidate wants to be the most popular person at the danc…

Shiva Farivar launches campaign for Irvine City Council

Source: Liberal OC
Oct 9, 2015 6:19 pm

Shiva Farivar, a longtime Irvine City Commissioner and former city council candidate, has launched a campaign for Irvine City Council.  Here’s her letter below: I am excited to announce my candidacy for the Irvine City Council! Irvine has been…

Bernie Sanders will be in California next week

Source: CCTimes/OakTrib Politics Blog
Oct 9, 2015 3:19 pm

After the first Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night in Las Vegas, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is California-bound. Sanders will head to Los Angeles for a fundraising reception Wednesday evening at the Avalon Hollywood nightclub, where he’ll â…

SD9: Robert Reich endorses Nancy Skinner

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

A state Senate battle between two like-minded progressives rolls on in the East Bay, with some new heat from a prominent liberal’s endorsement. Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, now a UC-Berkeley professor, endorsed former Assemblywoman …

Calitics Transitions

Source: Calitics
Oct 9, 2015 1:19 pm

In August 2005, I worked with a number of amazing folks to push forward a community blog about California politics. It wasn't particularly pretty, but it allowed as many people as cared to get together to talk about progressive politics, goals for or…

How the GOP Became the Occupy Congress Party

Source: CalBuzz
Oct 9, 2015 4:01 am

The Occupy Wall Street movement was fatally flawed: it had no principles of unity, no structure, no leadership and, as a consequence, no chance to effect real change. Which almost exactly describes what has happened to the congressional Republicans. …

Cisco’s Chambers to co-chair Sundheim Senate bid

Source: CCTimes/OakTrib Politics Blog
Oct 8, 2015 4:00 pm

Cisco Systems Executive Chairman John Chambers will be a co-chair of Republican Duf Sundheim’s U.S. Senate campaign. Sundheim, 62, a former California Republican Party chairman from Los Altos Hills, issued a statement noting his campaign is focused…

CD-46 Debate set for October 17

Source: Liberal OC
Oct 8, 2015 3:41 pm

Four of the five CD-46 Candidates for Congress have agreed to debate on Saturday October 17 from 11 AM to 1PM at the OC LULAC Foundation Center in Garden Grove.  Former State Senators Lou Correa and Joe Dunn have confirmed as has Anaheim council mem…

How to Cut Poverty in California? Prioritize It as a Goal

Source: CA Budget Bites
Oct 8, 2015 11:20 am

Millions of Californians are not benefiting from our state’s growing economy, as we explain in our analysis of the new Census poverty figures, and a majority of people in our state view poverty as a big problem, according to the latest poll by …

Jackson: “Real Teeth” in Landmark Pay Equity Bill

Source: CalBuzz
Oct 8, 2015 4:01 am

Calling it “a very important milestone,” Governor Brown this week signed SB 358, trekking to Rosie the Riveter National Historic Park in Richmond for an celebrating the tough new pay equity bill aimed at closing the historic wage gap between wome…

Prevailing Wage Scams: Easy Fix is Killed

Source: FlashReport
Oct 8, 2015 2:01 am

This is Part lll of Prevailing Wage Scams Between State DIR and Unions. Part ll is HERE. Part i is HERE. In what world does a janitor get paid $48.50? In the world of California politics, driven by corrupt labor unions and greedy state agencies. Jani…

State Sen. Steve Glazer hires Antioch’s mayor

Source: CCTimes/OakTrib Politics Blog
Oct 7, 2015 4:34 pm

Antioch Mayor Wade Harper has joined state Sen. Steve Glazer’s staff as a senior field representative in the district office. Harper, 51, has been a councilman since 2010 and mayor since 2012. He was a law enforcement officer from 1998 to 2013, ris…

Draft Biden group launches national TV ad

Source: CCTimes/OakTrib Politics Blog
Oct 7, 2015 4:05 pm

With speculation reaching a fever pitch over whether Vice President Joe Biden will jump into the 2016 presidential race, the national organization seeking to draft him has released its first national television ad. Draft Biden says the ad “will run…

Gavin Newsom raises money with Train tickets

Source: CCTimes/OakTrib Politics Blog
Oct 7, 2015 3:41 pm

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is raising money for his 2018 gubernatorial campaign by raffling off tickets to a Grammy-winning band that prides itself on its San Francisco pedigree. “We’re putting on a small concert with Train on November 3 in San Franci…

Those Clever Democrats….

Source: Liberal OC
Oct 7, 2015 3:21 pm

I’m a Hillary guy for the coming presidential elections but make no mistake, any one of our candidates is head and shoulders above any of theirs. I came across this video on CrooksandLiars.com and had to share; a re-imagined “Mr. Sandman&…

CA17: Khanna outraises Honda again, though closer

Source: CCTimes/OakTrib Politics Blog
Oct 7, 2015 11:00 am

Congressional candidate Ro Khanna raised only slightly more money than incumbent Rep. Mike Honda in this year’s third quarter, but has more than twice as much cash banked for the race, according to both campaigns. Both Democrats want to represent t…

Prevailing Wage Scams Between State DIR and Unions: The Destroyer

Source: FlashReport
Oct 7, 2015 12:31 am

This is Part ll of Prevailing Wage Scams Between State DIR and Unions. Part l is HERE Janitorial company owner Jeff Baron is in trouble with the state of California because large general contractors who hire him as a subcontractor charge the state th…

Silicon Valley Moving Toward Alliance With Big Labor

Source: FlashReport
Oct 6, 2015 9:06 pm

Back in the late 1970’s something happened to the Santa Clara Valley. Increasingly it became referred to as the Silicon Valley, because the emerging silicon based semiconductor industry found its first home in plants nestled along the southern shor…

Prevailing Wage Scams Between State DIR and Unions

Source: FlashReport
Oct 6, 2015 1:54 am

A San Bernardino janitorial contractor has always paid his employees union-approved wages. But he has been kicked off public works job sites for so-called prevailing wage violations for five years now. The kicker? Three years ago I asked, “In what …

DeSaulnier bill would lower student loan rates

Source: CCTimes/OakTrib Politics Blog
Oct 5, 2015 7:19 pm

Student loan borrowers would be able to refinance their interest rates at the rate offered to banks by the Federal Reserve, under a bill announced Monday by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier. DeSaulnier, D-Concord, held an event at the University of California, B…

Shea doubles down on Contacting Irvine Publication’s Advertisers

Source: Liberal OC
Oct 5, 2015 12:07 pm

Irvine Council member Christina Shea took to Facebook last week to whine about the Irvine Community News & Views, a former slate mailer/newspaper that is now all newspaper.  The monthly publication is both in print and online.  It features scho…


Source: FlashReport
Oct 5, 2015 12:01 pm

Chicago, Carl Sandburg’s “City of the big shoulders,” is about to find out just how heavy a tax burden homeowners are able to bear. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has revealed his plan for a massive property tax increase to pay for unfunded pension obligat…

New CBPP Report Shows Renters Are Being Squeezed on Both Sides

Source: CA Budget Bites
Oct 5, 2015 11:34 am

Despite significant growth in the housing cost burdens faced by low-income renters in California, federal support for rental assistance has barely grown since 2007 and the Great Recession. A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities …

Jerry Brown signs beer-bike bill, goes for a spin

Source: CCTimes/OakTrib Politics Blog
Oct 5, 2015 6:15 am

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law Sunday creating inspection and safety standards for pedal-powered quadricycles – sometimes called “beer bikes” – on which up to 15 people can tool around town knocking back drinks. Companies in cities i…

County forms citizen group to curb pension costs

Source: Cal Pensions
Oct 5, 2015 4:31 am

When Sonoma County employees negotiated a retroactive first-class pension formula in 2002, they agreed to pay for the increased cost by contributing an additional 3 percent of their pay to the pension fund over 20 years. Then a number of employees, m…

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