California’s Legislative Analyst claims NIMBYism driving state’s housing crisis

When Gov. Jerry Brown’s aggressive proposal to jump-start housing construction by sharply streamlining the approvals process for urban housing projects that met certain conditions died quietly in September, the general consensus was that it was a victim of powerful factions

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Will L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti join crowded 2018 governor’s race?

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s landslide re-election win Tuesday led to inevitable speculation that he would join the crowded 2018 Democratic gubernatorial field. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, with his high profile and access to the deep-pockets of Bay Area and

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State Republicans embrace key Trump policies

The California Republican Party wrapped up its annual spring convention by re-electing former state Sen. Jim Brulte, R-Rancho Cucamonga, to his third term as state chairman – but while also moving away from policies Brulte has touted to stands more attuned

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Silenced state senator steals show at GOP convention

About 1,200 California Republicans are held their annual spring convention at the Sacramento Hyatt Regency this weekend and the star Saturday wasn’t featured speakers like Congressmen Darrell Issa of Vista or Devin Nunes of the San Joaquin Valley or high-profile

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CalPERS pressed to divest from energy firms, banks

After years of criticism, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System made headlines in December when its board voted to lower the expected rate of return on investments from 7.5 percent to 7 percent over the next three years. The move

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Federal uncertainty, local opposition hang over Proposition 64

Proposition 64’s easy passage Nov. 8 was assured in part by promises to voters that the state government was up to the challenge of regulating and overseeing marijuana’s legalization in California. But three months since Prop. 64’s landslide victory, critics

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L.A. housing crisis looms over March 7 ballot measure

Because of its extreme housing costs, California has emerged as the epicenter of American poverty, and Los Angeles is the epicenter of California poverty. This harsh state of affairs was on L.A. voters’ minds in November, when 65 percent approved

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New criminal justice reform focus: Harsh bail laws

The same coalition of Democratic lawmakers and interest groups that worked with Gov. Jerry Brown on Propositions 47 and 57 — which lessen the amount of time convicts must spend behind bars for relatively minor crimes and make it easier

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California lawmakers seek to revise parole reform law

Proposition 57 — the victorious November ballot measure sponsored by Gov. Jerry Brown — continues to spark controversy over its loose definition of “nonviolent” crimes. The proposition won easy approval despite harsh criticism from district attorneys around the state. The

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California congressman cautious about ‘Trumpcare’ possibility

Rep. Tom McClintock — a fierce critic of the Affordable Care Act — privately warned congressional Republicans at a party summit in Philadelphia last week that if they weren’t surefooted in repealing and replacing the landmark 2010 health care law,

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