| Jan 16, 2013
| 5:12 PM
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown wants to help inner-city schools at the expense of suburbanites. But there must be a better way to assist the disadvantaged than to trigger class warfare.
And there is. It is to give school districts a better...
| Nov 7, 2012
| 12:05 AM
Democrats were within striking distance of a supermajority in the state Senate late Tuesday, and were drawing near in the Assembly as well, moving the party closer to unilateral power to raise taxes.
The potential gains, a result of sweeping changes...
| Dec 6, 2012
SACRAMENTO — With their new supermajority power, Democratic legislative leaders promise they won't overreach. But bet on this: They'll reach just as far as they believe is safe.
"Yeah, you're darn right," Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 1:07 AM
Hiram Johnson, the revered reformer and father of the California "citizens" initiative, must be either crying or laughing.
It was 101 years ago that Gov. Johnson, a former San Francisco graft prosecutor, teamed with other do-gooder...
| Feb 10, 2013
| 6:19 PM
SACRAMENTO — Here's an idea for a new gun control law: How about immediately seizing the personal arsenal of a fired cop?
Dishonorably discharged soldiers, after all, aren't allowed to own firearms. Why should dishonored cops?
| Mar 6, 2013
| 7:19 PM
SACRAMENTO — Enforce the laws already on the books. Take away the criminals' weapons, not the law-abiding citizens'. Sound familiar? It's the mantra of the gun lobby.
That is, until the government actually attempts to do it. Then the lobby changes...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 1:15 AM
SACRAMENTO — State Sen. Jerry Hill grew up in San Francisco and vividly remembers the rare suffocating days of late summer when the fog fled and people sweltered.
The city's natural air conditioner clicked off, temperatures soared into the 90s and...
| Mar 27, 2013
| 4:42 PM
SACRAMENTO — As the national firearms debate reaches a crescendo, a Northern California congressman is proving that you can be both a gun lover and a gun controller.
Rep. Mike Thompson of St. Helena, a moderate "blue dog" Democrat who represents...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 4:19 PM
SACRAMENTO — We used to call it "shop." Wood shop. Auto shop. Then the educators got fancy and renamed it "vocational education."
Later, as the dot.com era dawned, it was rebranded "career tech."
Now, throughout much of California, you can...
| May 9, 2012
| 4:38 PM
Top California politicians hailed President Obama's statement of support for same-sex marriage....
| Dec 3, 2012
| 1:22 PM
The state Senate convened a new two-year session on Monday, with Democrats who hold supermajorities in both houses signaling their priority issues will include restoring education funds, relaxing immigration enforcement and shedding more light on campaign...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 2:16 PM
California Democrats were quick to weigh in Friday on the Supreme Court's announcement that it will rule for the first time on same-sex marriage by deciding the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the California voter initiative that limited marriage to...