Oakley, headed to nonprofit, departs community college system

Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Oakley speaking at a state Capitol hearing. (Photo: EdSource)

California Community Colleges are hanging out the “help wanted” sign, as Chancellor Eloy Oakley steps down from the helm of the country’s largest college system to head an education advocacy group.


Exit Interview: Amy Chance

Amy Chance, longtime Political Editor for the Sacramento Bee

CAPITOL WEEKLY PODCAST: Amy Chance, the longtime political editor of The Sacramento Bee, announced her retirement at the end of last month. We invited her to talk about her career, the biggest stories she’s covered, and the advice she gave to her reporters once she reached the editor’s desk.


Tiny budget piece could have huge impact on $12B stem cell agency

An illustration of the molecular structure of human cells and a researcher with vaccine. (Image: Billion Photos, Shutterstock)

A crack opened last week for the first time in 17 years in the firewall between state politicians and the $12 billion California stem cell agency. It involves only $600,000 — at least for now — and is buried deep in the 1,069-page state budget bill that was introduced June 8. But its implications are far-reaching. They range from opening the agency to major changes — wanted and unwanted — to creating a basis for the agency’s currently dubious, long-term financial sustainability.


Memorial service set for Vic Fazio

The late Congressman Vic Fazio.

The public is invited to attend a “Celebration of Life” for former California Congressman Vic Fazio, who died of cancer on March 16 at the age of 79.  The event will take place on Friday, June 17, from 11:00am to 1:30pm at the UC Davis Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.


Bottoms up: Should California bars serve booze until 4 am?

The scene at the Last Kind Words Saloon in Furnace Creek, in Death Valley. (Photo: Thomas Trumpeter, via Shutterstock)

Jerry Brown said the bill would cause “mayhem” and vetoed it, now its author has another plan to extend bar closing hours from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. – this time limiting it to cities that already want it. “There is no mayhem,” Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, said of Brown’s memorable phrase. “That was our grumpy governor. And I love him to death, but he was wrong about this.”


Garry South’s Take on the June 7 Primary

CAPITOL WEEKLY PODCAST: Garry South is a celebrity among California political cognescenti; The architect of Gray Davis’ nearly 20 point win over Dan Lungren in the 1998 Governor’s race, making Davis the first Democrat to win a California gubernatorial contest in 20 years. South has been involved in numerous campaigns throughout the state, and across the country for decades. We asked for his thoughts on the recent Primary, and of course we asked Who Had the Worst Week in California Politics?


Lawmaker fights insurers, gets personal about his health

State Sen. Scott Wiener at a a San Francisco rally last year. (Photo: Sheila Fitzgerald, via Shutterstock)

 Scott Wiener made a startling revelation at a spring legislative committee hearing: “I was in the hospital. I experienced the most intense abdominal pain that I could even imagine.” The Democratic state senator recalled crawling up the stairs to his landlord’s apartment last July to get a ride to the hospital.


Gov. Gavin Newsom and the race for the top prize

Gov. Gavin Newsom during a visit last fall to San Francisco. (Photo: Jana Asenbrennerova, via Shutterstock)

Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared flatly that he is not interested in running for president. “I have sub-zero interest,” he told the San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board recently. “It’s not even on my radar.” Right.


CA120: Numbers showing sparse turnout for the primary

Signs at a site in San Francisco show the way to the polls. (Photo: Kevin McGovern, via Shutterstock)

Going into this gubernatorial primary election, one could have rightly expected to see a pretty good turnout. There are more than 30 open legislative seats for the first time in nearly a decade and competitive congressional races after the shakeup of redistricting. But with just a few days to go, we are at just 13% total turnout statewide. In some key battlegrounds, like the hot L.A. Mayor’s race, turnout is even lower at just 10%,

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