| Sep 9, 2013
| 4:55 PM
SACRAMENTO — Any way you score it, the compromise legislation on California prison crowding is another sweet victory for Gov. Jerry Brown.
The governor, in fact, hasn't suffered a major defeat at the Capitol in two years.
Credit four factors:...
| Aug 26, 2013
| 12:47 PM
SACRAMENTO — Reforming California's environmental regulations has been a priority among critics who say the rules are too onerous for businesses in the state.
But there's been little progress in the effort to change the California Environmental...
| Aug 25, 2013
| 7:26 PM
SACRAMENTO — California's economy is crawling back, but the state still suffers from a national reputation for being anti-business.
It's a high-tax state. But even worse for entrepreneurs and investors, California is known as a "no build" zone...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 1:39 PM
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers are set to announce Tuesday afternoon new legislation to help California meet a court order to reduce prison crowding.
The plan involves dipping into the state's reserve fund to pay for new places to house...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 2:01 PM
New development in transit zones would be harder to stop by filing suit and would get a streamlined environmental review process under changes to the California Environmental Quality Act expected to pass the Legislature on Thursday.
The measure was...
| Sep 13, 2013
Re "Sacramento's prison deal," Editorial, Sept. 11
California's got a prison problem. If lawmakers hope to persuade a federal court to extend the deadline for reducing the state's prison population, they must dig deeper.
Yes, we must take some...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 5:00 AM
SACRAMENTO — With a rebounding economy and a $6-billion tax hike approved by Californians last fall, the Legislature's freshly minted Democratic supermajority began the year with the money and power to reverse years of deficit-driven budget cuts and...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 7:36 PM
SACRAMENTO — It's a new era in Sacramento — a markedly improved one, so far.
Watching the lawmakers, you don't cringe nearly as much.
They're actually getting things done in the state Capitol. You can set aside that old label...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 4:25 PM
SACRAMENTO — Man goes to work. Woman visits a mall. Child sits in class. Couple attends a movie. All have one thing in common. They are vulnerable to being shot and killed by some "innocent law-abiding citizen."
Anyone who owns a firearm is law-...
| Sep 22, 2013
The genius of the state's late and not-very-much-lamented community redevelopment agencies was that they built projects that raised property values and then kept for themselves the higher tax receipts that resulted. Normally, taxes are divvied up among...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 10:48 PM
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown approved a new law Monday giving young people the ability to remove embarrassing information they post on Internet social networking sites.
California is now the first state in the nation to require websites such as...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 11:33 AM
SACRAMENTO -- One day after Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled a prison spending plan opposed by Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), the Senate canceled a confirmation hearing for two Corrections Department directors appointed by the governor....