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California also failed to prepare for a pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic terrorizes the nation, the federal government generally and President Donald Trump specifically have been criticized — with good reason — for their lack of preparedness and slow reaction. That said, we know now that California governments generally and former Gov. Jerry Brown specifically also were lax. In recent days, journalists have reported that as other budgetary priorities consumed more money, state spending on public health programs and disaster preparedness wa...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jerry Brown, Donald Trump, Los Angeles Times, Brown, Capitol, Schwarzenegger, Sacramento Bee, Crane, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Dan Walters, Medi Cal


Newsom Takes New Tone With Trump As He Steers California During Coronavirus Crisis

(CNN) — For Gavin Newsom, the call that triggered California’s full crisis response came in the middle of the night on March 6, and he was waiting for it. The state’s lab had been working through the night, and one of his cabinet secretaries was on the line telling him 21 of the 42 crewmembers and passengers tested for coronavirus aboard the Grand Princess Cruise Ship, which was idling in international waters off California’s coast, had tested positive. Newsom hung up and immediately called Dona...
Tags: Apple, Politics, New York, News, Abc, California, Washington, New York City, US, California News, Sacramento, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bank Of America, Cnn


Coronavirus sinks the prospects of pending tax measures

As the coronavirus pandemic was clobbering California — and the rest of the known world — this month, local government officials in Sacramento County enthusiastically decided to ask voters to approve a hefty sales tax increase for transportation improvements. Were members of the Sacramento Transportation Authority board smoking some of California’s newly legalized marijuana? There must be some explanation for their flight of fiscal fantasy. Even before the pandemic crisis erupted, California’s v...
Tags: California, Opinion, America, Sport, Soccer, Sacramento County, Jerry Brown, Grant, Gavin Newsom, Capitol, Aids Healthcare Foundation, Dan Walters, California Association Of Realtors, Opinion columns, Sacramento Transportation Authority


PG&E Agrees to Plead Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter for California’s Deadliest Wildfire

California electricity provider Pacific Gas & Electric Co. agreed to a plea deal that will see it plead guilty to felony involuntary manslaughter charges for its role in starting the deadliest wildfire in state history.The company, which disclosed the charges Monday in a regulatory finding, filed for Chapter 11 protection last year, after its aging and faulty equipment was blamed for five of the ten most destructive fires in California since 2015.The state's resistance to safety precautions ...
Tags: News, California, Jerry Brown, Wall Street Journal, Gavin Newsom, Ramsey, San Bruno, Butte County, Pacific Gas Electric Co, Newsom, Mike Ramsey


State was full of bull, as bear market was looming. Then the coronavirus hit.

SACRAMENTO >> California officials are hitting the panic button now that the economy’s coronavirus-induced free fall is imperiling local budgets and threatening to obliterate the value of the state’s pension funds. The state’s budget is highly dependent on capital-gains revenue and the pension funds are almost totally dependent on the stock market’s performance. It’s a mess, albeit one that has long been coming. No one could have predicted that our society would essentially shut down in the face...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, America, Sport, Soccer, California Highway Patrol, Jerry Brown, Orange County, Trump, Capitol, Legislature, Costa Mesa, John Stossel, Calpers


Jerry Brown’s big school reform falls short

Los Angeles Unified is the state’s largest school district and the vast majority of its 400,000-plus students are poor, non-white and/or not completely fluent in English. It is, in other words, precisely what former Gov. Jerry Brown had in mind when he and the Legislature overhauled school districts’ finances, giving them more money to close the stubborn “achievement gap” that has long separated disadvantaged students from their more privileged, English-speaking classmates. However, in enacting ...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Jerry Brown, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, Gavin Newsom, Department Of Education, Brown, Capitol, Legislature, Dan Walters


Redevelopment bill comes at worst time

Gov. Gavin Newsom last year wisely vetoed Senate Bill 5, which would have revived California’s money-draining, property-rights-eroding redevelopment agencies in a new and not-so-improved form. There are many reasons to have opposed such legislation, but the governor specifically cited financial concerns in his veto message. Similar legislation is back this year by the same authors. Now, a potential recession is turning into a more likely one, as the stock market drops in wake of the coronavirus ...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, Bill, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, U S Supreme Court, Senate Bill, Kelo, SB795


Conservatives sue over state law that limits public employers’ anti-union talk

Saying their free speech rights are being trampled, seven local leaders from cities in Southern California are challenging a state law that prohibits them from expressing anti-union sentiment to public workers. In a lawsuit filed last month in federal district court, the officials from Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego counties are challenging a 2018 law that says public employers “shall not deter or discourage” workers from joining unions. The law, they said, is a ploy by California legislators...
Tags: Supreme Court, California, Washington, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Jerry Brown, Orange County, San Diego County, Southern California, Brown, U S Supreme Court, California Teachers Association, Santa Ana, Janus, Capistrano


Meet Todd Gloria, the man poised to become San Diego’s first out-gay mayor

Todd Gloria has reason to celebrate. The current majority whip in the California State Assembly just scored huge numbers in this week’s primary election to become the Democratic candidate for Mayor of San Diego. Adding to the glory of his win: he’s openly gay. Gloria grew up in San Diego in a Native American/Filipino/Latino mixed-race family. As a politician, he’s built his career on focusing on issues like infrastructure, homelessness and transportation. He finished Tuesday’s primary with more...
Tags: Feature, Politics, California, Lifestyle, Chicago, San Diego, Houston, Jerry Brown, Ad Friendly, State Assembly, Gloria, Lori Lightfoot, Annise Parker, Todd Gloria, Lgbtq Politics, sun Already Gloria


Finally, a school data system emerging in California

California has a very fragmented approach to education — a collection of institutional silos that only occasionally communicate with each other and often are more competitive than cooperative. That fragmentation is very visible in the perpetual conflicts between traditional K-12 schools and parent-directed charter schools, and in the battles among the three systems of public higher education over academic turf. Disunity’s victims are students seeking educations to prepare them for careers and pl...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Capitol, Los Angeles County, Dan Walters, Ron Hart, Newsom, Local Control Funding Formula, PPIC, Public Policy Institute of California PPIC, Guest Commentary


California’s losing its war on carbon

For the last decade, California has waged a crusade to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases in the name of fighting climate change. The state has set specific reduction goals, and spent many billions of dollars, in both taxes and added consumer costs, to achieve them. Early on, we saw sharp reductions, but they were low-hanging fruit, achieved mostly by compelling utilities to replace carbon-based power generation such as coal and natural gas with “renewables,” chiefly wind and sol...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Jerry Brown, Ucla, Southern California, San Francisco Bay Area, Trump, Capitol, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Dan Walters, Greater Los Angeles, Guest Commentary, Institute of Transportation Studies, New Car Dealers Association


California Is Abnormally Dry After Low-precipitation Winter

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A dry beginning of the year has left most of California abnormally parched and officials are bracing for the possibility of an early and more intense wildfire season amid record-breaking temperatures. Drought has expanded from just under 10% last week to nearly a quarter of the state, mainly in central California, the heart of the state’s agricultural sector, according to a U.S. Drought Monitor map made public Thursday. The map released weekly shows another 43% of the state ...
Tags: California, California News, Sacramento, San Francisco, Ap, Noaa, Jerry Brown, Pacific, Pacific Ocean, Sierra, Pacific Northwest, Forest Service, Sierra Nevada, Northwest, Southern California, Southwest


Climate change and California’s water supply

California, as everyone knows, receives virtually all of its precipitation during a few fall and winter months and in 2019, some early rain and snow storms promised a bountiful water year. This year, Mother Nature kept that promise in Southern California, where precipitation is running at or above the normal, but Northern California — far more important from a water supply standpoint — has been a different story. The north has seen almost no precipitation since Christmas, the all-important Sierr...
Tags: California, Opinion, US, Sacramento River, Sport, Soccer, Delta, Tracy, Jerry Brown, Sierra, Arctic Ocean, Mother Nature, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Northern California, John Phillips


Gov. Newsom’s political gamble on homelessness

Gavin Newsom is rushing in where angels — and more cautious politicians — fear to tread by devoting virtually all of his second State of the State address to California’s seemingly intractable housing and homelessness crises. Newsom is staking his governorship, and perhaps his hopes of climbing further up the political pecking order, on jump-starting housing construction and moving tens of thousands of men, women and children off the streets. While beginning his 40-plus-minute address to the Leg...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sport, Soccer, Bill, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Capitol, Legislature, Dan Walters, Newsom, Tyler Diep, Guest Commentary


Trump reignites California water wars

California’s decades-old conflict over distribution of water among farmers, urban users and environmental enhancement bears an uncanny resemblance to the decades of sectarian struggles in the Middle East — minus the bloodshed. In both arenas, periodic efforts are made to forge enduring peace agreements, but just when they seem to be bearing fruit, they are undermined by some new flareup. Gov. Gavin Newsom has been trying to finalize what predecessor Jerry Brown began, a series of so-called “volu...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Middle East, Delta, Broadway, Jerry Brown, Donald Trump, Gavin Newsom, Trump, Democratic, Capitol, Bakersfield, San Joaquin Valley, Interior


Why can’t California create viable national leaders anymore?

Once upon a time, Hollywood and California seemed to be leading the country, for better or worse, with outsized public figures and sometimes compelling, or at least entertaining, ideas. California politicians like Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan achieved national power, establishing the primary strands of conservative thought. California’s liberals were less successful, but at least they were influential. Jerry Brown never made it to the White House — he would have been our first Zen president —...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, California, Opinion, White House, Sacramento, America, Los Angeles, Reagan, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Ronald Reagan, New Hampshire, New York Times, Larry Ellison


Seven reasons to question a state utility takeover

On Feb. 3, state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, introduced a bill that would transfer to California taxpayers responsibility for the state’s largest and most troubled utility, Pacific Gas & Electric. The bill would give a new government agency, the California Consumer Energy and Conservation Financing Authority, the power to buy the assets and pay off the debts — including billions of dollars in wildfire compensation — of a utility now formulating an operating plan coming out of bankruptcy....
Tags: Texas, Loretta Lynch, California, Opinion, Washington, Senate, Sacramento, Southern California Edison, Sport, Soccer, San Jose, Jerry Brown, Wall Street Journal, Cpuc, Gavin Newsom, Sam Liccardo


A strange bedfellows alliance on bail reform repeal in California

Senate Bill 10, passed by the Legislature and signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown in 2018, violated one of the unwritten rules of making public policy in California. The measure, one of several criminal justice reforms championed by Brown during his second governorship, would eliminate cash bail for those accused of crimes in favor of a new “risk assessment” program. Criminal justice reformers have clamored for years to eliminate cash bail, saying it discriminates against poor defendants who lack th...
Tags: New York, California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, America, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Farmers, Bill, Jerry Brown, Bernie Sanders, Brown, Capitol, Legislature


The life and career rise of billionaire Meg Whitman, the former eBay CEO leading a new streaming serve called Quibi

Meg Whitman, 63, is one of Silicon Valley's most storied CEOs. In her decades-long career, Whitman has been credited with turning around eBay and making major changes at Hewlett-Packard. Now, she's leading a new streaming platform called Quibi. Here's what you need to know about Whitman, a Princeton University graduate whose among the richest self-made women in the US. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Meg Whitman, now in her third iteration of being a tech CEO, is a veteran...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Hollywood, California, Ebay, Boston, US, America, Los Angeles, Trends, Netflix, United Kingdom, New York Times, Hasbro, Silicon Valley


Newsom’s spending more, saving less

When Jerry Brown returned to the governorship in 2011, he faced what he called a “wall of debt” from years of severe economic recession and deficit-riddled state budgets. Accordingly, he made paying off that debt, more than $30 billion, and armoring the budget against future recessions his top priority. Brown persuaded voters to approve what was supposed to be a temporary tax increase, mostly higher income taxes on the affluent, and later a “rainy day fund” that would cushion the effects of rece...
Tags: California, Opinion, Washington, US, Sport, Soccer, Jerry Brown, Donald Trump, Gavin Newsom, Democratic Party, Brown, Capitol, Legislature, Dan Walters, Newsom, Petek


Cancel the bullet train

The California High Speed Rail Authority just issued its draft 2020 business plan, a 164-page document accompanied by four supplemental reports and eight technical reports. A shorter version is on the agency’s website in a brightly colored graphic. “Statewide economic benefits from investments through June 2019,” it reads, “job-years of employment: 44,700 — 50,500. Labor income: $3.17 billion — $3.62 billion. Economic output: $8.3 billion — $9.2 billion.” Notice anything missing? Like a train? T...
Tags: California, Opinion, Time, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Silicon Valley, Jerry Brown, Guatemala, Southwest Airlines, Central Valley, Gavin Newsom, Bay Area, Authority


Newsom rightly ends costly arrangement for select bureaucrats

Gov. Gavin Newsom was right to end sweetheart deals for state employees who were paid with taxpayer funds to commute back and forth to work, which was reported by The Sacramento Bee earlier this week. Victories for fiscal responsibility are hard to come by in California, so even though this was a small victory, it was victory nonetheless. These ridiculous arrangements, negotiated under Newsom’s predecessor, Gov. Jerry Brown, did not apply to costs associated with travel as part of the normal cou...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, San Diego, CalTrans, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Sacramento Bee, Newsom, Editorial Board, Laurie Berman, California Vocational


Project Witness shows life in prison from a child’s point of view

Editor's note: Today’s guest post comes from John Legend, artist, producer and activist; and Ty Stiklorius, veteran music manager, CEO of Friends at Work, Producer and ActivistAt the age of 17, Jarrett Harper was sentenced to life in prison without parole. His crime was killing the man who had sexually abused him and his brother over a number of years. But he was not seen as a desperate child victim trying to stop the abuse he and his brother were enduring. Instead, he was sentenced as a child t...
Tags: Google, California, Youtube, John Legend, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Bryan, Jarrett, Bryan Stevenson, Ty Stiklorius, Diversity and Inclusion, John Legend Ty Stiklorius, Jarrett Harper, Lancaster Prison, Baylon Harper Jarrett, Jarrett Harper John Legend Jarrett


Has Newsom settled the water wars?

The beating heart of California’s massive system of capturing, storing and distributing water is the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Water flows into the West’s largest estuary from the Sacramento, San Joaquin and several lesser rivers that drain the state’s mountain chains on its northern and eastern edges. While most of the water continues into the Pacific Ocean, giant pumps on the southern edge of the Delta suck much of it into canals supplying San Joaquin Valley farms and Southern California c...
Tags: Obama, California, Opinion, Sacramento River, Los Angeles, Sport, West, Soccer, Arizona, Delta, San Diego, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jerry Brown, Pacific Ocean, Clinton, Gavin Newsom


How California’s environmental rules deprive minorities of housing opportunities

California’s landmark environmental law is being used to promote racist redlining housing policies, according to a lawsuit filed by a group of liberal activists. As readers of these editorial pages know, the California Environmental Quality Act has been abused in ways beyond anything having to do with the environment by NIMBYs to block development and by unions to extort preferential treatment. But a relatively new state regulation added to the CEQA process has had disastrous effects on low-inco...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Jerry Brown, Hernandez, CEQA, California Republican Party, Matt Fleming, California Building Industry Association, Opinion columns, Jennifer Hernandez


California’s stubborn ‘achievement gap’

Sooner or later, reality rears its ugly head and that seems to be happening with the state’s very expensive — but apparently failing — efforts to close a yawning “achievement gap” among the state’s nearly 6 million elementary and secondary school students. Early in the decade, as Jerry Brown began his second stint as governor, he persuaded the Legislature to create the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). It ended dozens of “categorical aids” that provided state funds to local schools for speci...
Tags: School, California, Opinion, Senate, Sport, Soccer, Jerry Brown, Brown, Capitol, Legislature, Kobe, Adam Schiff, Dan Walters, Elaine Howle, Steve Knight, Petek


Inmate Cited In Death Penalty Debate Dies In California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A double murderer whose case became part of California’s renewed debate over capital punishment died Wednesday in a hospital long before his death sentence could be carried out. An autopsy will determine what killed 71-year-old Thomas Potts, but officials said foul play was not suspected. Potts had been sentenced to death by a Kings County jury in 1998 for the murders of Fred and Shirley Jenks in their home. Both victims were in their 70s. The California Supreme Court u...
Tags: News, California, Local, Jerry Brown, California Supreme Court, Gavin Newsom, Fred, Liu, Sacramento Calif, Potts, Goodwin Liu, Kings County, California Death Penalty, Mariano Florentino Cuellar, Thomas Potts, Shirley Jenks


California’s most controversial housing bill died, so what’s next?

Developers, landlords, Facebook, construction unions, the state Chamber of Commerce, Realtors, environmental groups and even the AARP wanted to see the bill pass. So did big-city mayors including San Francisco’s London Breed and San Jose’s Sam Liccardo. Not to mention Sen. Toni Atkins, Democratic leader of the state Senate, who typically has a pretty big say in which bills make it out of her chamber. Nonetheless, Senate Bill 50, a measure that would have forced cities to allow more mid-rise apar...
Tags: Facebook, Business, London, California, Housing, Senate, San Francisco, Legislation, Sport, Soccer, San Jose, Bill, Republican, Jerry Brown, Housing Crisis, Ucla


Why nearly every house in California will eventually have solar power

After a rough patch during the economic downturn a decade ago, solar power has been on a roll lately. In 2011, California lawmakers set an ambitious target for utilities to generate 33% of the state’s electricity from renewable energy like solar farms and wind turbines by 2020. It seemed like a lofty goal. But California reached it two years early, hitting 34% by the end of 2018. As a result, air pollution is down in most places, and the state’s greenhouse gas emissions have fallen 14% from thei...
Tags: Energy, Business, News, Climate Change, California, Housing, Environment, California News, Fresno, Sport, Mit, Soccer, San Jose, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jerry Brown, Cinnamon


California’s charter schools in a precarious state

Charter schools in California should have known a tough time was ahead when charter advocates spent around $62 million backing the wrong candidates in 2018. Education reformer Marshall Tuck lost to the union-backed Tony Thurmond for superintendent of public instruction and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa did not become governor. Instead, it was Gavin Newsom who rode a wave of union money into the Governor’s Mansion. Newsom is a stark contrast to his predecessor, Jerry Brown, who ge...
Tags: School, California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Cta, Soccer, Editorials, Lausd, Jerry Brown, Oakland, Gavin Newsom, Trump, Brown, California Teachers Association, National School Choice Week