| Aug 27, 2013
| 1:39 PM
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers are set to announce Tuesday afternoon new legislation to help California meet a court order to reduce prison crowding.
The plan involves dipping into the state's reserve fund to pay for new places to house...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 3:19 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to expand the number of prison cells to meet a court order faced opposition Tuesday from Democratic leaders of the state Senate.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) was noticeably absent from the...
| Aug 26, 2013
| 12:47 PM
SACRAMENTO — Reforming California's environmental regulations has been a priority among critics who say the rules are too onerous for businesses in the state.
But there's been little progress in the effort to change the California Environmental...
| Aug 25, 2013
| 7:26 PM
SACRAMENTO — California's economy is crawling back, but the state still suffers from a national reputation for being anti-business.
It's a high-tax state. But even worse for entrepreneurs and investors, California is known as a "no build" zone...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 8:19 AM
Denounced by one property owner as a “communist land grab,” a bill is advancing in the California Legislature that would allow local governments to spend tax money to seize land from residents and provide it at a discount to private...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 3:27 PM
A proposal to streamline the environmental review process for development was approved by a key committee Wednesday after its author, state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said he is unwilling to include more dramatic changes demanded by...
| Jul 20, 2013
| 4:25 PM
L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca has no medical background, but he is the de facto administrator of what he calls "the nation's largest mental hospital."
"This is the system," he said, drawing a box on a piece of paper in his Monterey Park office last week....
| Jul 3, 2013
| 6:40 PM
SACRAMENTO — July 4th. American democracy. Majority rule.
That's my cheap way of getting into a column about making approval of local public works projects more democratic.
For a very long time in California, a small minority of voters —...
| Jun 30, 2013
| 5:59 PM
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.
| Jun 27, 2013
| 12:35 PM
SACRAMENTO -- Celebrating what he characterized as California’s new financial health as he signed the state budget, Gov. Jerry Brown also said Thursday that there was still work to be done.
"I don't say all problems are over," Brown told reporters...
| Jun 16, 2013
| 7:15 PM
From what I've been reading, the Santa Monica killer was packing an illegal assault rifle and 40 high-capacity ammunition magazines. He sprayed 100 bullets and had access to 1,300.
And, oh yes, he was a mental case.
The guy's exact background and...