So you want to run for re-election? Here’s a short primer

The California state Capitol at dusk. (Photo: Karin Hildebrand Lau, via Shutterstock)

You are an incumbent officeholder. You’d like to keep on being an incumbent officeholder. That means a re-election campaign – you know, where you kowtow to special interests, rail against fraud and waste and, above all, avoid being called “one of those Sacramento politicians” — even if you are one of those Sacramento politicians.

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Opinion

Scrap metal recyclers a key to manufacturing economy

A crane with a claw digs into a mound of scrap metal at a recycling yard. (Photo: oneSHUTTER oneMEMORY, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: The recent push by the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to adopt “emergency” regulations to impose “hazardous waste” rules on the state’s metal-recycling plants would have the potential to shut down a vibrant recycling industry.

Podcast

Capitol Weekly Podcast: LA politics update with Fernando Guerra

Our guest this episode is Professor Fernando Guerra, who teaches political science at Loyola Marymount University and founded the Center for the Study of Los Angeles in 1996. He joined us to talk about Los Angeles’ mayoral contest, the Mark Ridley-Thomas situation and the significant changes redistricting may bring to some council districts.

Opinion

Vaccines’ swift approval helps vulnerable communities

A man receives the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in Covina in March. (Photo: Ringo Chiu, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: Vaccines are one of the greatest public health tools for preventing the spread of infectious disease and death. Innovations in vaccines have helped all but eliminate significant threats from measles, polio, pertussis (whooping cough), influenza, and pneumococcal disease among those who are vaccinated.

News

New law curbing small gas motors affects portable generators, too

A man fires up a gasoline-powered generator to provide electricity to a trailer. (Photo: Virrage Images, via Shutterstock)

California’s first-in-the-nation law banning the sale of new gas-powered mowers and blowers also targets a machine that has become increasingly popular with consumers in recent years — portable generators. As people face power blackouts — in areas where utilities have cut power to curb wildfire threats, for example — many have turned to generators as a backup energy source. 

Podcast

Capitol Weekly Podcast: What next for the United Farm Workers?

This summer, the legislature passed AB616, the Agricultural Labor Relations Voting Choice Act, a bill to expand options for organizing agricultural workers. To the surprise of many – including bill sponsors the United Farm Workers – Gov. Newsom vetoed the bill. In this episode Giev Kashkooli, the political and legislative director for the UFW, speaks with Capitol Weekly’s John Howard and Tim Foster about these setbacks, and about the UFW’s plans for the future.

Podcast

Capitol Weekly Podcast: California’s Mental Health Crisis

On October 6, 2021 Capitol Weekly presented a conference featuring live panel discussions and presentations via Zoom, examining the topic “California’s Mental Health Crisis.” Each of those presentations is presented here as an episode of the Capitol Weekly Podcast.

Opinion

Bioenergy: Clean power that helps us meet climate goals

Wood chips that serve as a renewable heating and energy sources. (Photo: Elmar Gubisch, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: Wednesday, Oct. 20, marks National Bioenergy Day, where we celebrate the benefits the industry provides. Bioenergy helps the state become less reliant on fossil fuels using resources from the agricultural and forestry sectors. The residuals from those industries are used to produce renewably fueled electricity.

Opinion

California okays continuing education for real estate appraisers

Sold sign in front of a house in a California residential neighborhood. (Photo: Sundry Photography, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: Gov. Newsom recently signed 27 new bills to increase affordable housing supply and strengthen accountability for professionals who work in and around the real estate industry. Together, the suite of bills aims to bring transparency and accountability, including the creation of a new enforcement unit within state government.

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