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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger's tell-all book takes bad taste to a new level

     Arnold Schwarzenegger's tell-all book takes bad taste to a new level
    In his new book, "Total Recall," former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger explains why he didn't want to talk to the media when it was discovered that he had fathered a child with the family housekeeper. "I wanted to protect my family's privacy,"...
  • Karen Bass: Madame Speaker

    Since California added term limits to the political rule book in 1990, the piece of furniture occupied by the speaker of the California Assembly has become both a musical chair and an ejector seat. We've had nine speakers in 14 years. Karen Bass is the...
  • Expect Democrats to be robust, not reticent, in wielding power

    Expect Democrats to be robust, not reticent, in wielding power
    SACRAMENTO — With their new supermajority power, Democratic legislative leaders promise they won't overreach. But bet on this: They'll reach just as far as they believe is safe. "Yeah, you're darn right," Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg...
  • Prop. 30 compounds state's bad tax policy, but we need it anyway

    Prop. 30 compounds state's bad tax policy, but we need it anyway
    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown's tax proposal is terrible public policy. Plain and simple. But it offers the only plausible path to rescuing California schools from more painful budget slashing. So it's not so simple. Politics is the art of the...
  • It's time to reform our initiative system

    It's time to reform our initiative system
    Hiram Johnson, the revered reformer and father of the California "citizens" initiative, must be either crying or laughing. Maybe both. It was 101 years ago that Gov. Johnson, a former San Francisco graft prosecutor, teamed with other do-gooder...
  • Prop. 31: Good goals, problematic means

     Prop. 31: Good goals, problematic means
    SACRAMENTO — The most nerdy, wonky and nap-inducing measure on the Nov. 6 ballot is Proposition 31. It's not a minor measure, exactly, but it's hardly monumental either. It might do some good, might do some bad. On the ballot, it's called: "State...
  • Prop. 8 ruling parallels societal change

    Prop. 8 ruling parallels societal change
    SACRAMENTO — The way I read it, the Supreme Court concluded what increasing numbers of Californians have been saying: that opponents of same-sex marriage can't show any personal harm from two gay people exchanging vows. The justices wrote in...
  • New Year's resolutions for Sacramento politicos

    New Year's resolutions for Sacramento politicos
    SACRAMENTO — From my skimpy research on New Year's resolutions, I've learned that 40% of us make them, and about 90% end in failure. A dismal record of weak will. Yet, New Year's resolutions should be encouraged because they're vital to self-...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown gets high marks for effectiveness in report card

     Gov. Jerry Brown gets high marks for effectiveness in report card
    SACRAMENTO — The year shouldn't slip by without giving Gov. Jerry Brown his annual report card. And that's tough. Not the grading: He obviously deserves high marks if the yardstick is effectiveness. And that's my yardstick. The only decision...
  • Brown's two key sentences

    Brown's two key sentences
    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown spoke only two sentences about streamlining environmental regulations in his State of the State address. But they inspired reformers to cheer. Could have fooled me. I was ready to pounce on him last week for scanty...
  • Who will be L.A.'s next mayor?

    Who will be L.A.'s next mayor?
    Los Angeles' mayoral election is still nearly two years away, but the field of candidates already is taking shape. And the race is certain to present voters with starkly different choices about who should run Los Angeles next. More contenders...