You'd be surprised how much weight Ronald Reagan's name still carries.
Despite the former California governor's stature in the Republican Party, naming things after our 40th president often provokes controversy.
Many denizens of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, for example, refuse to use the full name of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Now, California faces a similar struggle, touched off by a congressman renowned as a provoker of Democratic ire. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, wants to name all the waters off the coastal United States after the conservative idol.
On Thursday, satirical talk-show host Stephen Colbert spotlighted Issa's push to rename those waters "The Ronald Wilson Reagan Exclusive Economic Zone." Reagan signed a proclamation asserting the country's authority over the sea zone in 1983.
Issa's idea hasn't aroused much enthusiasm in deep-blue California. Colbert played a clip of Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, in which he questions the wisdom of naming vast stretches of water after a president whose name adorns many U.S. locations.
"We're talking about 3.4 million square miles of ocean," Lowenthal says, adding, "Naming the entire EEZ after anyone seems a bit much."
Jeremy B. White
THE STATE WORKER
Gov. Jerry Brown and the union representing health and social services workers reached a tentative deal this week that includes an 8 percent raise for two job classifications and a 3 percent increase for the rest. The agreement with AFSCME Local 2620 covers three fiscal years ending July 2016. Timing of pay hikes will depend on state government finances.
"This bill is not about labor unions or any other black helicopter that's out there flying around above the Capitol today. This bill really is about voter turnout."
ASSEMBLYMAN HENRY T. PEREA, D-Fresno, responding Thursday to criticism from Republican colleague Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks about Senate Bill 311, which would require certain city charter proposals and amendments to go before voters at statewide general elections