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CA transparency reform initiative filed

A new state ballot initiative aimed at bringing greater transparency to Sacramento has been filed with the attorney general’s office. Charles Munger, Jr., one of the state GOP’s most substantial activists and donors, linked up with former state Sen. Sam

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CA Supreme Court curbs Jessica’s Law

In a closely-watched San Diego case, the California Supreme Court dealt a blow to Jessica’s Law. Officially called Proposition 83, it was passed in 2006 by 71 percent of state voters ready for strict limits on where registered sex offenders could live. It was

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Pointless death-penalty ruling

As I noted in my blog last week, “Rose Bird’s ghost will kill death penalty,” there aren’t going to be any more executions in California. Future Gov. Jerry Brown appointments to the California Supreme Court will prevent that. So this

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High-speed rail lawsuits pit CA vs. USA

  Like the famous 1860s race to build a railroad across America to California, an epic battle is shaping up over the state’s high-speed rail project. Only this time it’s a legal contest of federal vs. state jurisdiction. It may eventually

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Gov. Brown thinks long with young CA high-court picks

Jerry Brown will be 80 when his fourth and final term as governor ends in 2018. But it’s plain that he hopes to leave a mark on California life for 40 years after he’s gone — not with the bullet

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Ruling that CA high court upheld hardly favorable to bullet train

I talked to a couple of insider types Thursday who asked me to explain my take on Wednesday’s California Supreme Court announcement on the bullet train. After all that’s gone down, they couldn’t believe that the justices would clear the

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New appeal seeks to halt bullet train

A new legal move has ratcheted up the legal battle around California’s $68 billion high-speed rail project. In a controversial decision late this July, the California Court of Appeal for the Third District brushed aside claims that ballot wording and voters’ intent carried legal weight that legislators’

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CA high court asked to review bullet-train ruling

Arguing that an appellate court ruling endangers the public’s faith in future bond initiatives,  the attorneys for the Tos/Fukuda/Kings County group challenging the state’s bullet-train plans on Tuesday asked the California Supreme Court to review the recent decision reversing trial-court

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Bullet-train officials praise judge they called a threat to CA

The California High-Speed Rail Authority got some good news from the courts last week. The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento upheld a lower court ruling rejecting legal challenges to the routing of the bullet train in the Gilroy-Las

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Sacramento pack somehow perceives well-run state government

Happy Fourth, everyone! In January 2008. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said that he backed state lawmakers’ push to revise strict term limits for a specific reason. In response to a question I asked him at an editorial board meeting, Arnold said

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