| Oct 22, 2012
SACRAMENTO — One guy stole a loaf of bread. Another was caught with a speck of meth. Somebody grabbed $1 in change from a parked car.
These men all had one thing in common besides being losers. They were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison...
| Sep 2, 2012
| 1:27 AM
It's halftime in America, as Clint Eastwood once said.
Halftime, that is, for that part of America that's glued to the television set (or, now, the smartphone screen) whenever political conventions are underway.
The Republicans have fled steamy Tampa,...
| Mar 4, 2013
SACRAMENTO — "Too white, too right and too uptight," says a veteran political consultant. "That's why the Republican Party can't come back in California."
Strategist David Townsend is a Democrat, so that's the sort of comment you would expect from...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 1:15 AM
SACRAMENTO — State Sen. Jerry Hill grew up in San Francisco and vividly remembers the rare suffocating days of late summer when the fog fled and people sweltered.
The city's natural air conditioner clicked off, temperatures soared into the 90s and...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 6:10 PM
SACRAMENTO — Given half a chance — any rationale at all — governments invariably will try to restrict the citizenry's access to public information. Especially if it might shine the light on official stupidity or misbehavior.
| Jan 23, 2013
| 9:20 PM
SACRAMENTO — Imagine a lawmaker being allowed to read a proposed law before voting on it.
For that matter — and this seems like a stretch — try to envision the public being offered an opportunity to express its view on a bill before...
| May 19, 2013
| 6:45 PM
SACRAMENTO — It seemed like a fairly good idea at the time — the idea of Abel Maldonado running for governor.
He wasn't going to win. But neither would he be a Republican embarrassment.
There was no Republican in sight with even a faint...
| Jan 13, 2013
| 6:18 PM
SACRAMENTO--Robbing Peter in the suburbs to pay Paul in the inner city seems politically perilous. Even unjust.
Particularly after we just soaked the rich to balance the state budget and keep public schools afloat.
I mean, how much income...
| Jan 2, 2013
Whatever the ultimate shape of the "fiscal cliff" solution that has preoccupied all Washington, and a fair swath of the rest of country, in the final days of 2012 and into the new year, Americans of all walks of life should be asking themselves this...
| Jan 6, 2013
| 7:35 PM
SACRAMENTO — George Deukmejian was not a flashy governor. Wasn't a spellbinder. But he was a bold leader on a perilous front: gun control.
In a state that prizes entertainers and celebrities, Deukmejian twice got elected governor anyway. He was...
| Dec 23, 2012
| 5:23 PM
SACRAMENTO — My wife was an atheist who loved Christmas.
She loved the giving. Loved the smiles on the grandkids' faces.
Loved decorating the tree.
Really loved the big old, bright Christmas tree in Capitol Park.
Loved the food and made a...