| Sep 15, 2013
| 7:36 PM
SACRAMENTO — It's a new era in Sacramento — a markedly improved one, so far.
Watching the lawmakers, you don't cringe nearly as much.
They're actually getting things done in the state Capitol. You can set aside that old label...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 6:11 PM
SACRAMENTO—California may be on the brink of another great oil boom. It consequently could be heading into an environmental disaster.
A state senator from Agoura Hills is trying to allow the first while heading off the second.
| Feb 6, 2013
Al Gore hails from Tennessee, but when he comes to California next week, he'll be coming back to his spiritual home. In 2000, Californians gave him a double-digit lead — 1.3 million votes — over George W. Bush for president. His documentary,...
| Apr 21, 2013
The chairmen of Congress' primary tax committees, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), have launched a bipartisan effort to reform our messy, inefficient federal tax law. They've agreed to look for ways to lower tax rates on both...
| Apr 26, 2011
"What the heck went wrong?" That, apparently, is the question roiling the environmental community as it realizes that the fight against climate change has fizzled.
As Brad Plumer writes in the New Republic, everything was looking great in 2008 for a...
| Aug 23, 2011
It was a massive flatbed truck, flanked by smaller vehicles brandishing "oversized load" banners, carrying a huge white thing.
I think the first one I saw was in Ohio. But I know that by the time I passed Grand Island, Neb., I'd lost count.
What was it?...
| Mar 12, 2008
With oil prices at record highs and gas heading to the $4-a-gallon level, I was set to come roaring out of the gate today with a proposal that all vehicles be slapped with a conservation-promoting surcharge based on mileage, with proceeds going to public-...
| Jan 14, 2008
Paul found God on the road to Damascus. Columbus discovered America on his 32nd day at sea. Now, after decades in public life, Hillary Clinton has gone and found herself among the voters of New Hampshire.
It was a genuine Sally Fields moment -- of the...
| Jan 3, 2008
This can't be a joke because there's a writers strike on and jokes are out for the duration. So in all unscripted seriousness, I ask, could Hollywood really be smarter than Washington? Is it possible that movie people are savvier than political people?...
| Jun 15, 2009
The most persistent misconception about Californians is that we hate to raise taxes. The truth is that we adore raising taxes -- as long as someone else is paying, that is.
So nonsmokers vote to raise cigarette taxes, teetotalers to raise liquor taxes....
| Sep 30, 2012
We all know what corporate law firms are for, right? To represent their clients' interest fairly and professionally, of course. To obfuscate, obstruct, delay, misdirect — sometimes that too.
So the saga of JPMorgan Ventures Energy Corp. and a slick...