Posts Tagged ‘Sacramento’

Faulconer election won’t stop ‘Los Angelization’ of San Diego politics

Monday, February 10th, 2014

On Tuesday, San Diego voters will decide between two City Council members in a special election to fill the remaining 33 months of the mayoral term of disgraced, resigned Bob Filner. The early conventional wisdom was that the clear favorite was Republican Kevin Faulconer, 47, the longest-serving ...

Lawmakers lighting up $2 per pack cigarette tax hike

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Like a re-lit cigarette, smoke again is rising from Senate Bill 768. By state Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, the bill would place a new tax on cigarettes of $2 a pack, with an equivalent tax on cigars, pipe tobacco and other tobacco products. With de Leon slated to become the next Senate pre...

‘Transportation justice’ in CA helps the poor buy electric cars

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The year 2014 sees California helping poor people buy electric cars, what's called "transportation justice." SB 359 is by state Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro. It approved a loan for $30 million to help finance low-income residents to transition away from older, higher-polluting vehicles...

Groups sue city of Sacto over disqualified petitions

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork, and Voters for a Fair Arena Deal filed a lawsuit Wednesday Jan. 28, against the city of Sacramento, to put the use of public subsidies for a new basketball arena to a public vote. STOP and Voters for a Fair Arena Deal said they filed the lawsuit against ...

Constitutional amendment seeks to revoke Prop. 209 racial preferences ban

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

SACRAMENTO -- The battle over racial preferences is heating up again in California. Senate Constitutional Amendment 5, by state Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, was just introduced in the Legislature. It would allow the University of California and California State University again to use race, ...

‘Ghost guns’ could be an apparition in CA

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

When 3D-printed guns first emerged on the scene, many predicted the “ghost guns” could render the regulation of guns pointless. The creation of the 3-D gun is only about one year old. The first 3D-printed gun initially was fired in the spring of 2013. 3D printers are $10,000 machines t...

Legislature targets BB guns

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

SACRAMENTO -- Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed 11 gun control bills into law and vetoed seven. More gun bills are on the firing line this year -- even banning some BB guns. On Jan. 28, the California Senate passed Senate Bill 199, by state Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles. The vote was 23...

CA ports and trade busy, but could be more competitive

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

California is home to 11 major ports spanning the 1,000 miles of coast between the North Coast near Oregon, and San Diego County. California has not fully analyzed the state's current trade system needs, nor are the port facilities fully coordinated, according to Huntington Beach Assemblyman ...

Bill to save beach bonfires passes Assembly

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

For many state residents, roasting marshmallows over a beach fire ring is as Californian as surfing and the Beach Boys. Yet in recent years the rings have come under fire for producing smoke and noise. The California Assembly voted unanimously Monday to keep control of the fire rings with local c...

Sacto water deputies patrolling for water wasters

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Sacramento water police are on patrol. If the rule of law isn't enough to control Sacramento's citizens, government officials have turned to deputizing neighbors for help making sure everyone complies with environmental restrictions. For nearly four years, the City of Sacramento has been enc...