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Mixer: Dry land and deaf ears

Posted March 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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We’re well into the fourth year of a severe drought in California.
And this week, Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders from both parties announced more than a billion dollars in emergency aid that’s being introduced as legislation in Sacramento.
But at a press conference, the governor also faced question after question over whether the State Water Resources Control Board’s new conservation actions are enough.
John Myers is …

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State ordered to make a plan for resuming executions

Posted February 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The last execution in California took place nearly a decade ago, and family members of some murder victims say that’s unacceptable. Now a judge is aiding their fight to resume executions – saying those family members have a right to try to force the state to fix its system for delivering lethal injections to condemned inmates.
Three years ago, Gov, Jerry Brown ordered state officials …

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California’s plastic bag ban facing two-pronged attack

Posted February 4, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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An Orange County lawmaker is pushing to dump California’s plastic bag ban – even while the law is on hold because of a pending voter referendum.
Costa Mesa Republican Assemblyman Matthew Harper introduced two bills yesterday. One would reverse the plastic bag ban. The other would get rid of the 10 cent fee for paper bags that is part of the law.
Harper says the charge …

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Goodbye Tom Steyer: We hardly knew ye

Posted January 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Investor, philanthropist and environmentalist Tom Steyer speaks at the Center for American Progress' 2014 Making Progress Policy Conference in Washington

Hedge fund billionaire and environmental activist Tom Steyer says he won’t run for Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat in 2016. That could make things a little easier for state Attorney General Kamala Harris, the one Democrat so far to commit to the race.
Steyer – a Bay Area businessman and climate change activist – says he seriously considered making a run for the Senate. But Steyer …

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Mixer: Is California doing enough for the poor?

Posted January 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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As the budget debate continues over how to deal with the least among us in California, there are calls from the extreme left for Governor Brown, and the legislature, to devote more to those people and social programs that were hit hard in the state budget by the Great Recession, and they haven’t much recovered.
Here in Los Angeles, there are proposals to raise the …

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Mixer: Budget is more of the same, and not much more

Posted January 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Governor Jerry Brown today released a record $113 billion state spending plan.
Under the proposal, the general fund will increase about 5 percent from the current fiscal year… something the governor says reflects California’s economic momentum.
The governor, however, did not propose many new programs but instead focused on covering growing costs to existing ones.
John Myers is at the California Politics Desk at KQED in San Francisco, and …

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Schwarzenegger deal continues to haunt Jerry Brown

Posted December 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Have you ever made a deal to buy something, only to have the seller tell you that it’s not actually for sale, after all?
That’s what a group of Texas and Irvine investors say happened to them – and the seller was the state of California.
A trial begins today in San Francisco that will determine whether California has to sell off 11 properties that Gov. …

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Leondra Kruger is Gov’s pick for state Supreme Court

Posted November 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest appointment to the California Supreme Court has no judicial experience. But 38-year-old Leondra Kruger comes to the job with an impressive resume.
As a government attorney, Kruger has been an assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General and acting deputy solicitor general in the U.S. Justice Department. She’s argued a dozen cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and is known for her …

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UC to California students: take a hike

Posted November 21, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The governing body of the University of California voted this week to go ahead with a plan to raise tuition for five straight years.
As expected, UC President Janet Napolitano and a majority of the Board of Regents voted to raise tuition by five percent each year. Board members who voted for it say current funding levels are insufficient to maintain the quality of a UC education.
We …

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Brown and Napolitano at odds over U.C. tuition hikes

Posted November 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A battle between Gov. Jerry Brown and U.C. President Janet Napolitano is brewing over Napolitano’s proposal to hike tuition by five percent each year for the next five years.
Brown appointed two new regents to the University of California yesterday: Former Assembly Leader John Perez, who’s about to be termed out of the Legislature, and Eloy Ortiz Oakley, superintendent of Long Beach City College.
The timing …

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Will California Republicans sing the Blue State blues?

Posted November 3, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Democrats may be on the verge of losing their majority in the U.S. Senate. But on the eve of Election Day, a new poll finds that here in California, Democrats are in a good position to keep their monopoly on statewide offices.
At the top of the ticket, the USC-Dornsife- L.A. Times poll says that Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has maintained his big lead over …

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How politicians spend and fundraise in California

Posted October 21, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
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Political spending in California is not as high as in states with more contentious races, but party leaders still see the state as a place for some serious fundraising.
In the lead-up to the November elections, an estimated $8.2 million has been spent on political ads in California. That’s not a lot compared to states facing more heated races. Florida, Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania have …

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Mixer: Cashing in on political popularity

Posted October 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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President Obama exited Los Angeles just as he came in: making money for Democrats, and migraines for West LA drivers.
In his 24 hours here, the president toured a business in Santa Monica, speaking about an economic recovery for millennials, designated as national monument 340,000 acres of San Gabriel Mountains land and attended two separate fundraisers.
One of which was at actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s home.
Obama has attended 30 fundraisers in Los …

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Mixer: Tinseltown tax credits and jobs

Posted September 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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On this first Friday of the month, we got a jobs report from the Labor Department. A lackluster one, nationally, for sure.
But here in Los Angeles, there’s some optimism from city officials and state lawmakers about film and television production jobs sticking around instead of being exported to other parts of the country.
The California legislature passed a bill that gives $330 million in tax …

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California on verge of ending English-only instruction

Posted August 27, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The state Legislature has approved a ballot measure that would ask voters two years from now whether California schools should ditch English-only instruction. It’s the latest in a series of victories for Latino lawmakers in Sacramento this Legislative session.
If Gov. Jerry Brown signs the measure and voters approve it, students who speak a foreign language could receive instruction in their native language, at least …

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Cracking back at a cocaine sentencing disparity

Posted August 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The state Legislature has approved a law that would reduce sentences for crack cocaine to the same levels as powder cocaine.
The law addresses concerns that unbalanced cocaine sentencing laws punish low-income communities and minorities. It comes four years after President Barack Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act, which eliminated 100-1 disparities in sentences for crack and powdered cocaine convictions.
Crack cocaine is considerably cheaper than …

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Water wrangling goes down to the wire in Sacramento

Posted August 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Gov. Jerry Brown says he and Legislative leaders are making progress on a plan to replace an $11 billion water bond on the state ballot with a less expensive version.
But time is running short. A deal will have to be struck by the end of the day or the current bond goes before voters in November.Brown and Democrats are pushing a $7.2 billion plan …

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Lawmakers flip ‘kill switch’ to fight cell phone theft

Posted August 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Taking the profit motive out of smartphone theft is the motivation behind a bill that’s passed both houses of the state Legislature and is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown.
The so-called “kill-switch” law would force phone companies to include a feature allowing people to permanently shut down their phones if they are stolen or lost. Consumer activists say the “kill switch” would protect …

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Kashkari goes homeless for knowledge and votes

Posted July 31, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Screengrab: California gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari spent a week trying to learn what it's like to be homeless.

Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor, has been taking a low profile of late… really low!
In an editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal, Kashkari says he just finished spending a week living as a homeless person to better understand the struggles facing many Californians despite improvement in the state economy.
Kashkari is a multimillionaire who lives in Laguna Beach. But he says he took …

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Watering wars: Is brown the new green?

Posted July 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California residents who are trying to save water during the drought can no longer be punished by homeowner associations concerned about the appearance of brown lawns.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a new law that removes the threat of fines for people who choose to let their grass and other greenery die.
The bill was spurred by the case of a Bay Area man who was …

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