| Aug 13, 2008
Maybe you've seen the ad showing an empty shopping cart in the middle of the desert. "Soon, many common, everyday products could disappear from grocery store shelves all across California," it warns.
That would be pretty ominous, if it were true....
| Apr 6, 2008
Dear Liz: I think I'm being pursued illegally for a debt I don't owe. I visited a hospital in June 2007. It took my health insurer about six months to process the claim. Shortly after I received my benefits statement from the insurer, I received a call...
| Jan 7, 2008
The reams of news stories on the new French ban on smoking in cafes, restaurants and night spots have invariably focused on the aura of glamour those little death sticks once conveyed. In newspapers around the globe, nostalgic descriptions of the likes of...
| Jan 10, 2008
Wouldn't it be something if the giants of mental healthcare reform in California turned out to be three men named Lanterman, Petris and Short -- and a pop singer by the name of Britney Spears?
The first three were state legislators. More than 40 years...
| Jun 11, 2009
Bill Lockyer has some simple, blunt advice for Democratic legislators struggling to make painful budget cuts: Just assume you're not going to get reelected. Then dig in and slash.
Democrat Lockyer -- the state treasurer, former attorney general and...
| Jun 22, 2009
Call it the Dance of Death, the Kabuki or the Summer Follies -- the performance they're about to give in California's Capitol is a necessary ritual. But it shouldn't be taken very seriously by the outside world.
Both houses of the Legislature intend to...
| Jun 29, 2009
Once again, Capitol politicians are fighting over how to fix the chronically bleeding state budget. And again, the answer should be clear: It's unfixable.
It will remain unfixable until California's system of governance is pulled apart and overhauled....
| Jul 26, 2009
Here's another Sacramento reform for the long "to do" list -- one that wouldn't require a vote of the people or even the governor's signature.
Prohibit the Legislature from voting on any bill after sunset. No exceptions -- and especially not a budget...
| Jul 30, 2009
Wilbur D.Curtis invented the globular glass coffeepot, that staple of coffee counters everywhere, in 1940. Since then his son and grandsons have turned Wilbur Curtis Co. into a manufacturing concern that earns revenue approaching $100 million by turning...
| Aug 5, 2009
Maybe it's the summer heat. Or maybe, like a lot of people, I've given up all hope of any bold leadership in California when it comes to the budget.
Whatever the reason, I'm getting more comfortable with the idea of a beer company sponsoring a state...
| Aug 27, 2009
Here's a way to start fixing the state Capitol. Maybe also repair some city halls and county courthouses.
The bipartisan reform group California Forward has proposed a modest, reasonable and doable set of significant changes in how state and local...