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Governor’s race: Maldonado drops out

Governor’s race: Maldonado drops out
January 16, 2014 By John Hrabe. Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado ended his campaign for governor of California on Thursday morning, leaving a conservative state legislator as the only Republican candidate in the race. Maldonado, the state’s most prominent Latino Republican, made the announcement where his political career began at the Santa Maria City Hall. "It’s time to step away for a while, and spend more time ...

Bill would strengthen public's right to comment before votes

January 16, 2014 By Katy Grimes. “The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them,” says California Code Section 54950 of The Ralph M. Brown Act, the state's bedrock open-government law. cure for diabetes But that’s not always the way the system works. Whether it's deliberate or not, interested members of the public aren’t always heard prior to a legislative b...

Push to increase CA green power mandate flops

January 16, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. On Jan. 6, a key provision was quietly struck from Assembly Bill 177, a measure introduced by Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez, D-Coachella, that would have expanded the green-power mandate for California utilites from 33 percent to 51 percent by the year 2030. Voting to delete the 51 percent provision in the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce were Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park; Cher...

Fresno mayor obstructs initiative process to save water rate hike

January 15, 2014 By John Hrabe. Fresno residents could see their water rates double, and in the process, all Californians could see their petition powers diminished, if a state appellate court doesn't act quickly on a lawsuit to stop strong-arm tactics by the city of Fresno. The battle began last August, when the city of Fresno approved a controversial plan pushed by Mayor Ashley Swearengin to raise the cit...
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