Ann Ravel, former chair of California’s political watchdog and now a member of the Federal Election Commission, is publicly sparring with a colleague after she proposed the FEC examine the role the Internet plays in political campaigns.
A month after taking leadership of the California Senate, Sen. Kevin de Leòn has begun laying off dozens of people who work for the Senate’s administrative arm. The reductions were blamed on budget problems, said staff members who were notified Friday morning that they were being let go by the Senate’s top administrator.
The University of California Board of Regents voted Thursday to adopt a plan that would allow UC to raise tuition by up to 5 percent annually over the next five years if the university does not receive more funding from the state.
Barring a stock market slump that drags down the state’s economy, California budgets will run surpluses through the end of the decade even as temporary tax increases phase out over the coming years, the Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analyst said Wednesday. The Legislative Analyst’s Office’s annual fiscal outlook also projects that California state revenue will top estimates in the June budget plan by $2 billion. Schools will absorb all of the extra money.
Angry over a proposed tuition hike and hoping to stop a scheduled vote later in the day, University of California students linked arms to block the entrance to the Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco Wednesday morning.
Democratic Rep. Ami Bera held a 697-vote lead over Republican challenger Doug Ose in the 7th Congressional District following Friday’s vote update. The congressman’s margin is higher in precincts he’s winning than Ose’s margin is in the precincts in which he leads. Ose continues to be the top vote-getter in more of them.
The legality of Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez‘s appointment to the University of California Board of Regents relies on a distinction between regents and public officials – one that also complicates funding disputes between the UC and the state.
Arroyo Grande Mayor Tony Ferrara will have to step down as head of the California League of Cities if current voting trends hold and he loses his post to write-in candidate. The election results follow controversy over a nighttime incident at City Hall involving two high-ranking employees..