Posts Tagged ‘Jerry Brown’

NEW: Fracking with no freshwater — or water — increasingly common

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

The next great environmental fight in California is likely to be over hydraulic fracturing, the energy extraction process that uses underground water cannons to blast away rock and reach oil and natural gas reserves. Gov. Jerry Brown appears ready to allow expanded use of fracking, as it is better k...

CA road use tax could morph into social engineering experiment

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

The prospect that Californians will face a new state levy is certain to cause grousing and considerable comment. But a proposal that is increasingly making waves has far-reaching implications and possibilities that have yet to be acknowledged. This is from the San Jose Mercury-News: More people a...

CA Dem vs. CA Dem on taxes

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

One-party systems are inherently unstable. People inevitably choose sides. And budget realities always limit what government can do, bringing conflict. So it's not surprising Democrats in California, who dominate the minority Republicans despite some GOP gains last November, are fighting among th...

LAO report: Dozens of school districts not honoring intent of state law

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

The state Legislative Analyst's Office released a report last week on how 50 California school districts were dealing with the requirements of the 2013 Local Control Funding Formula law. That's Gov. Jerry Brown's ballyhooed reform measure that is meant to devote more school resources to helping indi...

Leg Analyst: School reserves law not working

Friday, January 23rd, 2015
LAO Analysis

Whether finances are personal, business or government, having a reserve makes sense. You never know when an emergency might crop up and you'll need the funds. Indeed, last November voters approved Proposition 2, which increased the state's "rainy day" fund for its budget. It was supported by Gov....

Rose Bird’s ghost will kill CA death penalty

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Rose Bird

Given that Gov. Jerry Brown was just elected to an unprecedented fourth term, it's not surprising an old controversy would come up: the death penalty. As the Los Angeles Times reported, his recent appointments of three liberal justices to the California Supreme Court give "hope" to those on the stat...

UC president appears to cave in fight with Gov. Brown

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Three months ago, University of California President Janet Napolitano triggered a fight with Gov. Jerry Brown and leaders of the Legislature when she persuaded the UC regents to commit to a five-year plan in which tuition was raised by 5 percent every year -- unless the state government provided mor...

UC budget fight: Brown playing 3D chess, Napolitano playing tic-tac-toe

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown has upped the stakes in his fight with University of California President Janet Napolitano over who is ultimately in charge of UC budget and tuition decisions. Napolitano's success last fall in getting UC regents to approve a five-year, 28 percent tuition hike conditioned on how ...

Brown may hint at Vergara plans with state education board picks

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown has been vague about whether he agrees with the incendiary premise of last June's decision in the Vergara case: that state teacher tenure and job protection laws are so likely to steer poor teachers to struggling mostly minority schools that they violate minority students' constitut...

CA Analyst warns against budget spending spree

Friday, January 16th, 2015
Mac Taylor

  With California’s state budget in the best shape in years, Democratic legislators are eager to open the spending spigots. But they were cautioned at an Assembly Budget Committee hearing Jan. 15 that the good economic times could end as quickly as they began, plunging the budget back into...