The two Democrats tangled sharply in the 7th Senate District’s only televised debate. Glazer said Bonilla was too aligned with organized labor. Bonilla said the rail project would help the state’s economy.
William Shatner proposed a Kickstarter campaign for a pipeline to bring water to California. Turns out he is a senior water right holder. Documents say he uses water for irrigation, cows and horses at a ranch in Tulare County.
Special interests have spent more than $3.4 million in the 7th Senate District since mid-March. Democrats Steve Glazer and Susan Bonilla are in a May 19 runoff. The contest has become increasingly bitter.
Willie Brown’s column in the San Francisco Chronicle is required reading for political junkies. Brown has made several correct predictions about state and national politics. But, the former Assembly speaker and mayor also has been very wrong.
A Senate committee changed course to approve an amended bill. The bill had changes designed to make it easier for unvaccinated kids to get an education. Opponents said the approval constituted an “outright rigging” of the outcome.
The Senate is examining all aspects of state spending before the May budget revise. A subcommittee will take a critical look at the California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday. The commission is under investigation for back-channel communications and failed safety measures.
A California bill requiring vaccines for most school kids is evolving. The new Senate Bill 277 seeks more home-schooling and independent-study options for the unvaccinated. A crucial committee vote looms on Wednesday morning.
Organized labor wants service workers to get their schedules two weeks ahead of time. Industry groups argue they need more flexibility to deal with last-minute demands. Legislation to standardize scheduling practices faces a tough road ahead.
An appellate court Monday struck down a Southern California city’s method of charging water users based on a tiered-rate system, a potential setback to municipalities across a parched state laboring to curtail water consumption under Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent order.
State income tax revenue for April has already surpassed the Brown administration’s estimate for the month. State revenue for 2014-15 could surpass estimates by more than $4 billion. Health and welfare programs, and not just schools, could benefit.
A California proposal would eliminate personal belief exemptions for vaccines. In the process, it also would bar religious exemptions. If SB 277 passes, California would be one of a few states that don’t offer a way to opt out for religious reasons.