Posts Tagged ‘Jerry Brown’

Statewide seats surprisingly close

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Aside from Gov. Jerry Brown's victory, 58 to 42, which I wrote about earlier, the other statewide races are surprisingly close in early returns, with 31.1 percent counted. Democrats probably will win them in the end. The national GOP tide has had some effect in California, albeit not enough for vi...

Brown wins 4th term as gov.

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Bucking a national Republican trend, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown easily won re-election tonight, with early returns indicating a 58-42 win over Neel Kashkari. If the numbers hold, that would top his 53-41 victory over Meg Whitman in 2010, when Third Party candidates grabbed 6 percent. The new Top Tw...

Dems bail out Assemblyman Adam Gray’s re-election

Monday, November 3rd, 2014
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When the FBI began its investigation last year into state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, one Central Valley Democratic lawmaker wasn't surprised to get called in for questioning. "Obviously I wasn’t that surprised," Asemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, a longtime aide to Calderon, told the Los An...

Part of bullet-train legal mystery may be answered

Friday, October 31st, 2014

For close followers of the bullet-train saga, one of the most basic mysteries of recent years has been what happened after Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny's tentative ruling in August 2013 that blocked the state from starting construction on the first segment of the project. Kenny f...

Pension spikes crumbling CA roads

Friday, October 31st, 2014
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From roads to bridges and well beyond, California's neglected infrastructure won't receive relief this election cycle. For years, the state has lavished money on other projects -- especially public pensions. Despite a flurry of bad press surrounding the crushing burdens those pensions place on...

Field Poll: Dems win in CA, schools chief close

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
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It isn't over till it's over, Yogi Berra famously said. But in California's partisan statewide races, it might be just about over for Republican challengers to Democrats. But the nonpartisan race for superintendent of public instruction remains too close to call. In the Field Poll released today,...

De Leon ‘green jobs’ vow didn’t pan out for Obama, Brown

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

New Senate President Kevin De Leon's announcement Friday that creating a broad swath of "green jobs" would be a priority will be greeted with applause by greens in West L.A. and the Bay Area and on campus, but it will elicit disbelief among economists. Nearly a decade ago, the respected McKinsey con...

CA unemployment drops to 7.3%

Monday, October 20th, 2014
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Perhaps Gov. Jerry Brown's campaign slogan is right: "California is back." Unemployment dropped to 7.3 percent in September, down from 8.8 percent a year ago. Except the national rate is 5.9 percent. So California clearly is just following the national recovery, slight as it is -- albeit not ...

Nurse union exploits Ebola crisis in negotiations

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Seizing on the growing concern about the deadly West African virus, the California Nurses Association, one of the state's most powerful unions, has added several Ebola-related provisions to its list of demands in its ongoing dispute with Kaiser Permanente. The two sides have been at an impasse ...

Ruling that CA high court upheld hardly favorable to bullet train

Friday, October 17th, 2014

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 way for the state to begin selling bonds for the $68 billion bo...