Posts Tagged: great


Politically savvy surfers in California fight plastic pollution

A surfer catches a wave in Malibu, where the Surfrider Foundation was launched in 1984. (Photo: JAVS, via Shutterstock)

A landmark bill designed to drastically reduce plastic pollution in California, SB54, was signed into law on June 30. It imposes the most stringent plastic reduction rules in the United States. It has to. California, like the world, is enduring a seemingly insurmountable plastic pollution crisis.


ZEV program running out of gas?

The state Capitol, Sacramento. (Photo: David Monniaux)

OPINION: With the clock ticking down to the end of this year’s legislative session, our leaders in Sacramento are debating initiatives that will put more clean cars on the road, boost air quality and innovation, and improve the health of our residents. We must take advantage of this brief window of opportunity to recalibrate the state’s primary mechanism for encouraging electric vehicle adoption – the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) credit system.


District by district, data tells the tale in California

An abstract rendering of multi-faceted California. (Flip Bjorkman)

While most indicators signal an economic upswing in California, the reality facing many residents of the Golden State is simple: On the ground, the recovery is still sluggish. Nowhere is that more apparent than in a newly developed database that includes detailed economic information on each of California’s 120 legislative districts and 58 counties.


PPIC: Rising debt load strains students

From the Public Policy Institute of California


Debt among California students has increased dramatically in recent years, but college is a good investment for the vast majority, according to a report released today by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC).


Californians with college degrees are more likely to be employed than those


At the Movies

The Great Gatsby x3

1925 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald 1974 film by Jack Clayton 2013 film by Baz Luhrmann


There have been four theatrical film adaptations of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” the earliest of which was made in 1926, only a year after the manuscript was completed (and which is now


Speaker’s budget goals: Strengthen middle class, education

The strong revenue California collected in April is one more encouraging sign that after years of weathering the Great Recession we appear to have reached a point of budget stability.


To help build on that stability, Assembly Democrats have crafted a Blueprint for a Responsible Budget that will keep California on sound financial footing


At the Movies

Dead Man Down Directed by Niels Arden Oplev Oz the Great and Powerful Directed by Sam Raimi


In an odd coincidence this week, after a screening of “Dead Man Down,” I was pondering its release alongside “Oz the Great and Powerful” and also recalling the “The Wizard of Oz” and its three characters in


UC students dig deep to stay afloat

The Great Recession appears to be easing, but at least one group in California remains financially stressed – students at the University of California.


Tuition, now at about $13,000 a year, has skyrocketed 62 percent since 2007, a figure that doesn’t include an array of necessities, such as books, health insurance,

transportation and other

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