Posts Tagged ‘Jerry Brown’

Initiative reform — one bridge short

Saturday, October 4th, 2014
bridge too far

As someone who participated in the working group on initiative reform package that ended up as  SB1253 by state Sen. Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last week -- I can say the bill is, well, okay as far as it goes. But to invert a title used for a World War II bo...

Gov. Brown signs gun-control bills

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
Gun crazy

California's reputation as a state with a shockingly large number of regulations has been embellished by the 930 new bills it passed this year. Gov. Jerry Brown must suffer carpal tunnel syndrome from signing so many of the bills the past week, while vetoing a few. Two signed: AB1014 allows fami...

Torlakson continues lying about teacher-discipline law AB 215

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
lie.definition

Tom Torlakson supports a status quo in which an average of 2.2 of the state's 275,000 public school teachers are fired each year for incompetence -- a figure so ridiculous you barely need to add context. It shows the public school system is run for the adult employees, not the students. Y...

Gov. Brown rebuilds redevelopment

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Reversing his 2011 abolition of redevelopment, on Monday Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law two bills that will revive it, Senate Bill 628 and Assembly Bill 229. He also vetoed a third redevelopment measure, AB2280, he believed went too far by codifying an anti-poverty program into redevelopment la...

Drought brings centralized groundwater control

Monday, September 29th, 2014

  Was it necessary to pass three new bills that increase the California government's control over groundwater? The numbers tell the story. By now most Californians have heard the shockingly huge number: The state has lost 63 trillion gallons of water due to the drought that has hit sin...

AB 32 revenue: Some for bullet train, some for pork, none for poor

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Before and after AB 32's passage in 2006, a whole lot of promises and guarantees were made. Some are remembered. Many aren't. One of those was the pledge to use a portion of cap-and-trade funds to directly help poor people make ends meet, since the increase in energy costs resulting from the law ...

Gov. Brown backs Cap and Trade at U.N.

Friday, September 26th, 2014

In his speech to the United Nations' "climate change" shindig this week, Gov. Jerry Brown boasted of California's record on Cap and Trade for carbon credits. He said: California has adopted a cap-and-trade system under the former governor, Governor Schwarzenegger. Passed what was called Assembly Bi...

Gov. Brown signs bill to expand prisoner DNA testing

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Wrongly convicted prisoners received a glimmer of hope Thursday from a new law that could help prove their innocence. Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 980, by state Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, which expands access to DNA testing for prisoners who are searching to prove their innocence. Si...

Toxic cleanup agency under fire from legislators

Thursday, September 25th, 2014
California Department of Substances Control

  The California Department of Toxic Substances Control is in charge of cleaning up the state’s hazardous waste sites. But lately, the agency has had to focus on cleaning up its own image after a recent audit criticized DTSC’s 27 years of mismanagement that has resulted in $194 million i...

Records show unions massively fund CA Dem Party

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

At a time when two Democratic lawmakers stand accused of bribery and public corruption, California's most powerful labor unions have kicked back more than a million dollars to the California Democratic Party. According to state campaign finance records posted Monday evening, the Democratic Stat...