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.

Bill Whalen

What to watch for in state’s June 7 primary

The easiest way to make California a player in 2020 is to advance the presidential primary – say, to the same first Tuesday in February as it was in 2008, if that’s possible without starting a war with Iowa, New Hampshire and the other early voting states.

Videos

Tiny Tots playground closure sign stirs quick action from councilmember Steve Hansen

The City of Sacramento took down the signs restricting public access to tot lot playgrounds Tuesday, only a day after they were installed. After continuous calls from outraged parents, the city ultimately removed the signs and put original signs back in place.
Hector Amezcua The Sacramento Bee
Tiny Tots playground closure sign stirs quick action from councilmember Steve Hansen 1:58

Tiny Tots playground closure sign stirs quick action from councilmember Steve Hansen

Glide above Bear Valley wildflowers and waterways in Colusa County 2:58

Glide above Bear Valley wildflowers and waterways in Colusa County

Sac State tennis player from New Zealand talks about the American experience 1:52

Sac State tennis player from New Zealand talks about the American experience

Memorial remains for two fatally shot in south Sacramento 0:48

Memorial remains for two fatally shot in south Sacramento