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  • Capitol Journal: Parks vs. ballot box budgeting

    California's magnificent state parks are falling apart fast. The budgeting system for state government is in shambles and practically dysfunctional. Proposition 21 on the November ballot would fix the parks. But it would pound another kink into...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown holds strong hand on prisons

    Gov. Jerry Brown holds strong hand on prisons
    SACRAMENTO — Three liberal federal judges — relics of the Jimmy Carter era — are trying to force Gov. Jerry Brown to release nearly 10,000 criminals from state prisons. Politically, it doesn't get much better for a governor. The judges...
  • Mahony's efforts to hide abuse are deplorable but unsurprising

    Mahony's efforts to hide abuse are deplorable but unsurprising
    Every time we learn something new about the molestation scandal in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, it becomes more obvious why Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and his minions have fought so tenaciously to keep things under wraps. Not to protect the privacy...
  • It's time to reform our initiative system

    It's time to reform our initiative system
    Hiram Johnson, the revered reformer and father of the California "citizens" initiative, must be either crying or laughing. Maybe both. It was 101 years ago that Gov. Johnson, a former San Francisco graft prosecutor, teamed with other do-gooder...
  • Prop. 8 ruling parallels societal change

    Prop. 8 ruling parallels societal change
    SACRAMENTO — The way I read it, the Supreme Court concluded what increasing numbers of Californians have been saying: that opponents of same-sex marriage can't show any personal harm from two gay people exchanging vows. The justices wrote in...
  • Brown's two key sentences

    Brown's two key sentences
    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown spoke only two sentences about streamlining environmental regulations in his State of the State address. But they inspired reformers to cheer. Could have fooled me. I was ready to pounce on him last week for scanty...
  • It was always all about Al

    'Even my worst days as attorney general have been better than my father's best days." One doesn't want to begrudge Alberto Gonzales a brief, self-indulgent moment of mawkishness as he ignominiously departs the public stage. But one of his main problems...
  • Smartphoning campaign donations

    Smartphoning campaign donations
    Something strange is happening: a California state agency is developing an innovative, user-friendly idea that can be implemented easily and quickly. It's creative and, so far, non-controversial. And it can become a reality without the governor or...
  • Patt Morrison Asks: Canon lawyer, Bert Fields

    Patt Morrison Asks: Canon lawyer, Bert Fields
    Who wrote Shakespeare? Sounds like "Who's buried in Grant's tomb?" Yet about 150 years ago, people on both sides of the Atlantic began asking how an otherwise obscure William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon could have crafted the most brilliant works...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown could learn a lesson from 'Lincoln'

    Gov. Jerry Brown could learn a lesson from 'Lincoln'
    SACRAMENTO — The movie "Lincoln" should be required viewing for all elected chief executives from president to mayor, and especially for California's governor. Especially our governor because California has so many perplexing, polarizing...
  • A day of reckoning for Lance Armstrong's fans

    A day of reckoning for Lance Armstrong's fans
    Tim Loranger is a Los Angeles aviation attorney who was deeply moved by Lance Armstrong's story of beating cancer. The former Marine wears the Armstrong yellow wristband, races in an Armstrong hat and has raised thousands of dollars for Armstrong's cancer...