Bill Whalen

Bill Whalen

How serious is Schwarzenegger on redistricting?

California’s former governor is talking about making redistricting reform a greater part of his legacy. The easiest lift is meddling in Ohio’s redistricting process because he has a kindred spirit in that state’s current governor, John Kasich. But if Schwarzenegger wants to pump some real iron in 2018, there are the 36 gubernatorial races that will be crucial to the next round of redistricting.

Bill Whalen

Climate change is crucial, but so is pension reform

Warmer waters won’t melt the iceberg that is California’s long-term pension obligation. There’s an opening for Brown to return to what got him a gubernatorial do-over: the earnest guy unafraid to ruffle feathers and take on sacred cows – not just the ones releasing methane.

Bill Whalen

California should host all national party conventions

The math is the stuff of income inequality – billions in political donations taken out of California, but in return maybe one or two conventions likely to pump about $200 million apiece into a local economy. To level this playing field, let’s make California the permanent home of both conventions, starting in 2020.

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Family holds vigil for Justine Vanderschoot as one of her killers comes up for parole

On the night of Aug. 19, murdered Christian Valley teen Justine Vanderschoot's family gathered at the Clipper Gap Park and Ride to honor her memory. Justine was murdered by her boyfriend and his roommate when she was 17 years old in September 2003.
Placer County Sheriff's Office
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Family holds vigil for Justine Vanderschoot as one of her killers comes up for parole

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