| Jun 2, 2008
Karen Bass, California's new Assembly speaker, visited The Times last week to discuss her efforts to fix California's tax structure, negotiate a balanced budget with Republicans and reform foster care in the state. Below is a partial transcript of her...
| Jul 8, 2009
Assembly Speaker Karen Bass takes pride in being a consensus-builder, a soothing and maternal let's-get-along kind of leader. Now please pardon the interruption -- Madam Speaker is ticked off.
She simmered as efforts to tame California's $26.3-billion...
| Jul 12, 2009
Hollywood Multi-hyphenate, Founder of Bad Robot Productions
With blockbusters like Star Trek and Armageddon, not to mention TV series Alias, Lost and Fringe, the producer, director, screenwriter, actor and composer has set himself apart as an...
| Jul 14, 2009
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger replaced most members of the state Board of Registered Nursing on Monday, citing the unacceptable time it takes to discipline nurses accused of egregious misconduct.
He fired three of six sitting board members -- including...
| Jul 14, 2009
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger went on the offensive Monday in the stalled state finance talks, releasing a television ad in which he vows to oppose any budget that raises taxes or "spends money we do not have."
The governor's commercial comes at an...
| Jul 15, 2009
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and California's top lawmakers failed to reach a budget deal Wednesday night. Earlier in the day, both the governor and Assembly Speaker Karen Bass expressed optimism that a budget compromise would be made. They're trying to...
| Jul 16, 2009
Fresh off a disappointing evening of budget negotiations that halted amid simmering frustration, legislative leaders and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vowed to forge ahead today in hopes of settling on a final package to stem California's $26.3-billion...
| Jul 19, 2009
Lawmakers' optimism about finally reaching a deal to close the state's $26.3 billion budget deficit on Sunday turned out to be wishful thinking as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger abruptly postponed talks.
Legislative leaders said they had been on the verge of...
| Jul 20, 2009
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders are holding a budget negotiating session today after canceling talks scheduled for Sunday evening.
The leaders have said for days that they are near agreement on a package to eliminate California's $26....
| Jul 20, 2009
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and California's legislative leaders agreed Monday on a plan to close the state's $26 billion budget shortfall, potentially getting the state back on firm financial ground so it can stop issuing IOUs.
The governor and leaders...
| Jul 25, 2009
After a grueling 20-hour session, California lawmakers approved a budget package Friday that would close most of the state's $26.3-billion deficit with deep, broad cuts to state government.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he would sign the legislation...
| Aug 5, 2009
California must shrink the population of its teeming prisons by nearly 43,000 inmates over the next two years to meet constitutional standards, a panel of three federal judges ruled Tuesday, ordering the state to come up with a reduction plan by mid-...