“The FBI raided the Capitol and agents apparently are looking at Ron and Tom Calderon, as well as an LA-area water district’s contracting practices. Is this developing scandal limited in scope or is it the tip of an iceberg in Sacramento? Thoughts about political implications?”
Follow the money.
The business of the politically-charged Central Water
Dear Big Daddy:
I can’t help laughing, mostly to myself, whenever I hear people around the Capitol talk about their “members.” Is there something wrong with me?
–– Turgid in Temecula
I’m guessing you have more problems than a snake-oil salesman pitching a room full of Christian Scientists. If I understand you,
“Former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg plans to run for the Senate next year, taking Alex Padilla’s seat, and wants to succeed Steinberg as pro tem. Does Hertzberg have a shot? And wasn’t De Leon being groomed as the next pro tem?”
I think most assume that the new Pro Temp will come from this class
The opponents of my bill quoted in your story (“Protecting the homeless raises locals’ ire,” Capitol Weekly, May 6) repeat the same old canards – that the bill will allow the homeless special privileges and allow them to “urinate in public places” or jeopardize public health.
On the contrary, the bill allows local
“Gov. Brown says federal oversight of the California prison system is a waste of money, sucks up critical state resources and should come to an immediate end. What do you think?”
The numbers tell the story. The state is spending $2 billion a year on prison healthcare while being forced to cut programs law-abiding Californians.
Thank you for your March 7 article “Parcel taxes go front and center” that described efforts of local municipalities to tax commercial properties more than residential property in order to mitigate the distortions between residential and commercial property taxes caused by Proposition 13.
Readers may be interested to know that prior to Prop 13,
“Clearly, Gov. Brown is adamant about rewriting the California Environmental Quality Act. But why? What’s he got against CEQA? Other than developers, who is he scoring points with?”
It’s the economy, stupid!
He is scoring points with those people that feel environmental regulation has become unreasonable in some areas. His experience as Mayor of
I write in response to your report of February 5, “UC Students Dig Deep to Stay Afloat,” which painted a deeply skewed and inaccurate picture of the University of California.
It is true that in our efforts to emerge intact from one of the worst recessions in California’s history, UC was forced to
“A perky Jerry Brown delivered his State of the State Address today. He targeted the education bureaucracy, extolled the virtues of teachers and said overhauling environmental regulation is necessary. Your thoughts?
More notable is that a California governor intentionally quoted Oliver Wendell Holmes, Genesis, FDR, Montaigne, William Butler Yeats, paraphrased Aristotle and described the diet
“Will the Democrats’ super-majorities really make a difference in the Capitol?”
The super-majorities have the greatest impact on shifting the legislation-blocking role away from Republicans and toward the Moderate Democrats. Or put another way, the new Dem supermajority and emboldened Dem governor can now do absolutely anything that Moderates Lou Correa and Michael Rubio will vote