Dust-Up: Jerry Brown vs. cities and counties

California Republican Assembly President Mike Spence and Ventura City Manager Rick Cole debate the state's role in pushing local government to do better in planning and polluting.

  • Thinking global, acting municipal

    Should city governments be crafting their own plans for dealing with global warming, or should these efforts be done at the state or national levels? All this week, Mike Spence, president of the California Republican Assembly, and Ventura City Manager Rick Cole debated the state’s role in pushing...

  • Going green, from the valleys to the sea

    Does the fight over cities’ general plans for emissions reveal deeper divisions in the values of different regions of California? Given the state’s diversity, should general plans be a primarily a local or a statewide concern? Mike Spence and Rick Cole continue their debate on the state’s role...

  • Fighting climate change like crime

    Should the California attorney general be a crusader on climate change? If not, what should be a bigger priority for him? All this week, Mike Spence, president of the California Republican Assembly, and Ventura City Manager Rick Cole debate the state's role in pushing local government to do better...

  • Can cities think globally?

    Are city-level emissions plans important or useful? Should they be enforced on a priority basis by the state? All this week, Mike Spence, president of the California Republican Assembly, and Ventura City Manager Rick Cole debate the state’s role in pushing local government to do better in planning...

  • Jerry Brown's latest comeback

    How did Brown become the center of this year's California budget struggle? How will the temporary legislation restricting his ability to sue cities affect municipal plans for dealing with climate change? California Republican Assembly President Mike Spence and Ventura City Manager Rick Cole debate...

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