| Jan 22, 2014
| 6:24 PM
SACRAMENTO — So the state of the state's governor is static — at least until he is safely reelected.
Until the election year blows over, Gov. Jerry Brown is stationary — in a crouch, protecting himself politically, satisfied with the...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 6:07 PM
SACRAMENTO — Fifty years ago, Republicans across America fought a titanic civil war for ideological supremacy. The decisive battleground was California. Conservatives won, and the party turned rightward.
It has veered in that direction ever since,...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 7:15 PM
SACRAMENTO — Are California voters ready yet to change Proposition 13 so that all corporations pay their fair share of property taxes? A new nonpartisan poll indicates they might be.
But a better, more relevant question is whether any state...
| Jan 5, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Here's a business practice likely to keep booming in 2014: corporate extortion.
We don't mean extortion of corporations, as is practiced by Somali pirates or entrepreneurial Russians. We mean extortion by corporations.
In this field the victims are...
| Jan 5, 2014
| 9:33 PM
SACRAMENTO — It seems like a long time ago, and it was. Forty years ago today, my first story as a Times staff writer ran in the paper.
It was about Ronald Reagan entering his final year as governor. Although he was a lame duck, I wrote, his...
| Sep 17, 2011
The first California election that Kim Alexander cast a ballot in was a pip; voters decided 16 state propositions -- on creating a state lottery, capping welfare, limiting campaign contributions -- and gave their former governor, Ronald Reagan, a second...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 6:41 PM
SACRAMENTO—You might think that testing robotic aircraft for future civilian use would be a quintessential California enterprise. But not if you're a U.S. senator from the state. The governor's not exactly a cheerleader for the idea, either....
| Jan 15, 2014
| 5:37 PM
SACRAMENTO—Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed rainy-day reserve is better than nothing, but it falls far short of what the state really needs to fix its cockeyed tax system.
The governor is attempting to treat the symptoms of revenue instability rather...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 4:48 PM
This is the 10th anniversary week of California's first and only recall of a governor. But no one is celebrating.
We replaced a career politician, Democrat Gray Davis, with a Hollywood action hero, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger. Big mistake.
| Oct 13, 2013
| 6:10 PM
SACRAMENTO — Jerry Brown is now the longest-serving governor in California history. That doesn't put him up there with the greats. But it's starting to look like he could get close.
Brown also could stumble over some bullet-train tracks or be...
| Jul 21, 2013
| 5:59 PM
You could say that Gov. Jerry Brown treats Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom like a dog. But that wouldn't be accurate.
Brown's Pembroke Welsh corgi gets invited into the governor's office practically every day. Sutter gets lots of petting. He regularly walks...