Rep. Henry Waxman’s retirement from Congress after 40 years marks the end for a powerful Los Angeles political organization.

A lawsuit in Los Angeles is the latest front in California’s long war over public schools.

Gov. Jerry Brown is becoming desperate to get his bullet train project on track, now wants Supreme Court to intervene.

Democrats in the state Senate have made expansion of pre-kindergarten access for 4year-olds a top priority,but Gov. Jerry Brown is clearly reluctant.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State address only obliquely referred to California’s high poverty rate.

An initial Senate hearing on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget indicates that there will be friction over priorities.

Jerry Brown reluctantly declares California drought emergency, which complicates his policy agenda.

Jerry Brown began his State of the State address Wednesday by defending the annual ritual vis-à-vis critics who say it has become outmoded and irrelevant.

Were one to identify California’s 10 most powerful political offices, the list would, of course, begin with the governor. The two top leaders of the Legislature would follow, along with the attorney general.

When Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his proposed 2014-15 budget this month – one based on estimates of sharply increased state revenues – a reporter asked him whether, in retrospect, California needed the tax increase he had persuaded voters to approve in 2012.

Gov. Jerry Brown will deliver his 12th State of the State address this week, but there may be a better way for him to perform the duty.

The decades-long rivalry between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area is emerging again in maneuvering over the Legislature’s top positions.

California’s years-long debate over its school “achievement gap” reaches turning point as State Board of Education sets rules for spending extra money.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s new budget is drawing kudos, even from some Republicans, but won’t be without controversy.

The state abolished local redevelopment agencies, but efforts are under way in and out of the Capitol to revive the program.

A stinging critique of Los Angeles’ present and future could be applied to the rest of the state.

Gov. Jerry Brown, aware of past mistakes in handling revenue surges, wants to avoid the boom-and-bust syndrome this time.

Pension reform clears a big hurdle as Attorney General Kamala Harris plays it straight on official summary.

Gov. Jerry Brown wants to put “cap-and-trade” money into his bullet train project, but it smacks of desperation and may be illegal.

Automatic cost-of-living adjustments were once commonplace in state spending, but over the years have diminished, and Gov. Brown doesn’t want them to return

While powerful interests wage a fierce battle over how new state school money is to be spent, we shouldn’t lose sight of other factors that determine how well poor kids do.

Corporate raider Charles Hurwitz made out like a bandit on sale of redwoods, but a court case produces rough justice.

There are some certainties about the outcomes of this year’s elections, but also some uncertainties to be resolved.

The biggest political story in California this year was the state’s uneven and uncertain recovery from the worst recession since the Great Depression.

Terms limits are creating rare vacancies on Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, touching off political frenzy

Sponsors of pubic spending trumpet the “economic impact” but the rest of us should beware of gamesmanship.

Powerfiul forces that have been skirmishing over the direction of California’s public schools are heading into multi-front war in 2014.

A rebounding California housing market could produce a windfall of property taxes that would benefit state and local governments

Devising a replacement for redevelopment and reforming the California Environmental Quality Act are intertwined policy issues that may shape California’s economic future.

While California fights over whether to build twin tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to carry water, a more important issue may be whether the state has enough reservoir capacity to capture winter rains.

A new state budget that does not address the multibillion-dollar – and growing – deficits in the teachers’ retirement system and promises to pay for state retirees’ health care cannot be responsible.

Famnily connections, once rare in California politics, have become an important factor in determining who does, and does not, win office.

It’s been two years since Gov. Jerry Brown and Legislature, under pressure from federal judges, reduced prison population via “realignment,” but we still don’t know its consequences

California Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration releases two immense documents laying out plans to build twin water tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, touching off what looms as years-long political and legal battle.

Californa may once again be seeing big surpluses in state budget, kindling a showdown between spending advocates and those who beliecve state needs reserve to offset volatility.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s overhaul of school finance has sparked infighting, mostly among Democrats, over how the extra money for poor kids is to be distributed and monitored.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s overhaul of school finance has sparked infighting, mostly among Democrats, over how the extra money for poor kids is to be distributed and monitored.

Two statewide polls told us this week that there’s probably just one person who could thwart Gov. Jerry Brown’s bid for a historic fourth term next year. And that’s Jerry Brown.

Judge in Detroit bankruptcy puts pensions on the table and outcome could affect what happens in cash-strapped California cities

Democrats won supermajorities in both houses of the California Legislature last year but didn’t use them much this year. In 2014, we’ll learn whether the supermajorities will be used and whether they will survive in off-year elections.

The FBI’s undercover investigation of state Sen. Ron Calderon alters political dynamics of the Southern California region his family has dominated for three decades.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s Office of Planning and Research has produced a vision of what California should be in 2050, but it lacks a sense of current reality, not to mention any detail on how it should happen.

California’s film industry just got an extension of its $100 million tax credit to subsidize production, but an FBI sting and the facts tarnish chances of expanding it further.

Judge Michael Kenny has set a high legal bar for California’s bullet train project, one that it may not be able to meet

Beyond its human impacts, the troubled rollout of national health insurance, known as Obamacare, is having political impacts in California.

California’s once-vaunted highway system is congested and deteriorating and needs a big fix, but pending ballot measure might not be right solution.

Jerry Brown 1.0 created California’s structural budget deficit, and Brown 2.0, Legislature’s budget guru says, has finally closed it. But is it a permanent patch?

Dan Walters: California Democrats may not be quite as omnipotent as everyone assumed.

Dan Walters: When Tani Cantil-Sakauye became California’s chief justice nearly three years ago, she inherited a nasty judicial squabble from her polarizing predecessor, Ron George.

Dan Walters:

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