California will soon have nearly a third of its population enrolled in Medi-Cal, the state’s health care program for the poor, but whether the new enrollees can actually find treatment is uncertain because of the state’s low reimbursement rates to providers.
California needs tens of billions of dollars to repair and reconstruct its crumbling highways. How will the money be raised, especially since Gov. Jerry Brown is calling for a 50 percent reduction in the use of gasoline?
Pete Chacon was one of only two Latinos in the California Legislature when he was elected in 1970, but paved the way for others by standing up to the powerful speaker of the Assembly, Willie Brown, during 1991 redistricting.
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s decision to retire means that California’s ambitious politicians are coming out of the woodwork, forced to decide whether to run for her seat in 2016 or wait for other opportunities in 2018.
A report from State Auditor Elaine Howle confirms that the Alliance of California Judges, which has been complaining for years about shortcomings in the administration of the state judiciary, was dead right.
A Census Bureau report revealing that California has the nation’s highest level of poverty has finally placed the issue on the political agenda, but Gov. Jerry Brown is at odds with fellow Democrats in the Legislature on what to do about it.
Dan Walters' column appears in dozens of California newspapers. He joined the Sacramento Union’s Capitol bureau in 1975 and in 1981 began writing the state’s only daily newspaper column devoted to California political, economic and social events. He and the column moved to The Sacramento Bee in 1984. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-321-1195. Twitter: @WaltersBee