Posts Tagged ‘Jerry Brown’

Look for the budget trailer-bill details

Monday, January 12th, 2015
brown budget

  Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal, released Friday, is just that: a proposal. It’s a starting point. What’s key are the details he and his allies include in the “trailer bills” to the budget they advance for fiscal year 2015-16, which begins on July 1. According to Brown’s ...

Some crucial context on Brown’s new energy policy and AB 32

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown's decision to seek to extend the state of California's push against global warming to 2030 with a further embrace of costlier-but-cleaner energy got a positive response from many environmental groups and journalists. The idea that California would commit itself to getting half its e...

Brown talks taxes at budget press conference

Monday, January 12th, 2015

  Reading Gov. Jerry Brown’s meaning on some issues, with or without a dictionary and history text, can be tricky. But it was worth looking for signals on tax issues at the governor’s Friday press conference introducing his record, $113 billion general-fund budget for fiscal year 2015...

State in use-it-or-lose-it mode with $4B in bullet-train funds

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

The California bullet-train project -- stalled for years by legal fights over land acquisition and the state's business plan, uneven progress in planning and Gov. Jerry Brown's abrupt downsizing of the scale of the project in 2013 -- had its symbolic groundbreaking on Tuesday in Fresno. The 1,00...

Sen. Boxer to retire

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., today announced her retirement. In office since her 1992 election, she has been considered one of the country's most liberal senators. Elected the same year as the more moderate Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the two were called the "Thelma & Louise" of the Sen...

Ground broken on troubled high-speed rail project

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
Ashley Swearengin

  Yesterday in Fresno the California High-Speed Rail Authority officially conducted the groundbreaking ceremony for its bullet-train project – but no dirt actually was turned. After an hour of speeches, a “ceremonial signing” of a railroad tie was conducted by dignitaries from the f...

Brown increases power over UC

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
Gareth Elliott

With NFL playoffs and BCS championship here, on whom would you bet? The four-term governor of California, who learned politics at his father's knee 70 years ago? Or the former head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security? So the odds are Gov. Jerry Brown, in the end, will best University of ...

Gov. Brown boosts energy-policy leverage

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
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Gov. Jerry Brown believes it will take "pragmatic caution" and "active collaboration" to achieve his goal of seeing half of the state's energy come from renewable sources by 2030. "How we achieve these goals and at what pace will take great thought and imagination mixed with pragmatic caution,"...

Gov. Brown’s 50% renewable goal a tough target

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
california wind resources map

  In his Jan. 5 inaugural address for his historic fourth term as California’s governor, Jerry Brown proposed an ambitious expansion of California’s renewable energy goals from 33 to 50 percent by 2030. The current level in 2015 is 20 percent renewables. However, the 50 percent rene...

Brown budget drops Friday

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
corned beef hash

Gov. Jerry Brown's Inaugural Address, delivered yesterday, promised frugality while advancing ambitious goals on climate change, health care, education and the high-speed rail program. Rhetoric aside, the rubber hits the road on Friday with the numbers in his budget proposal for fiscal year 2015-16...