Inside Government

Assembly committee to look at Leg treatment of women employees

Friday, April 11th, 2014

This week, the California State Assembly announced the creation of a new select committee to investigate issues facing women in the workplace. Speaker John A. Perez, who made the announcement on Equal Pay Day, said that he's tasked Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, to lead the Assembly Sel...

Surprising new study scores California sprawl

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

  A new national study is making waves for the way it ranks California cities. No matter how pleasant the weather, residents and visitors alike have complained for decades about sprawl. Highways jam with cars. Convenience stores and strip malls occupy block after block. It's hard to walk to see ...

Mortgage lawsuit against Gov. Brown reopens old wounds

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
Neil Barofsky

It’s a hallmark of modern-day government: Allocate money for one purpose, spend it for another. Congress isn’t the only culprit. While the federal government has long stood accused of “raiding the Social Security trust fund,” courts across America have given the stamp of legitimacy to state ...

Amid Capitol’s gift extravagance, Gatto sets standard for ethics

Friday, March 7th, 2014
Mike Gatto

Mike Gatto's life is an open book. Last January, his daughter, Evangelina, received a $50 gift certificate from a family friend. During the summer recess, he enjoyed dinner with a star of CSI: Miami. In October, one stock in his investment portfolio took a hit. And just before Christmas, Gatto "re-...

Lawsuit: Assemblyman forced staffers to work for his law firm

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

A former employee of Assemblyman Steve Fox alleges that the Democrat lawmaker forced employees in his taxpayer-funded state office to work for his private law practice. The allegations are contained in a lengthy complaint filed last Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court by Kristina Zahn, who worke...

Feds give CA breathing room on bullet-train matching funds

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

There's been another funding twist for the California bullet-train project. The Federal Railroad Administration has agreed to delay the due date for $180 million in state matching funds for the project from April 1 to July 1,  according to a press release from Rep. Jeff Denham’s office. Th...

L.A. Times’ undermining of ‘climate change’ claims could affect court fights

Monday, February 24th, 2014

  It wasn't the intention of the Los Angeles Times, but the newspaper has provided historical drought data with implications for a U.S. Supreme Court case that was heard Monday, Feb. 24  -- "U.S. Chamber of Commerce v. U.S. EPA." The case challenges whether the U.S. Environmental Protect...

Calderons indicted in massive bribery, fraud case

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

  State Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother Thomas, a former assemblyman, were indicted late Thursday in a massive bribery and insurance fraud case that could send them to prison for the rest of their lives. A 24-count criminal complaint made public Friday revealed that Ron Calderon, D-Mont...

Oregon has become the new California

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Imagine if a grizzly bear and a beaver squared off in a cage match. It would be a decided mismatch in the bear’s favor. That’s how interstate competition used to be between California – which prominently features a bear on its state flag – and Oregon – which boasts a two-sided flag, the...

Same-day voter registration law delayed until 2016

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Californians can expect to wait at least two more years for the state's same-day voter registration law to take effect. Secretary of State Debra Bowen, the state's chief elections officer, says that the state won't meet the legal requirements to implement the law until 2016 or later. It's been ...