On April, 20, 2018, California celebrates the first 4/20 since recreational marijuana became legal. The Legislature is tackling a major problem – how to handle all the cash in what is projected to be a $7 billion industry by 2020.
The Senate Transportation and Housing Committee rejected Sen. Scott Wiener's Senate Bill 827, which would've forced the construction of housing near transit stops. The California Legislature must find a compromise before angry voters make threat of rent control real.
Bonnie Gore, in line to become Roseville’s next mayor, is seeking instead to unseat Jack Duran on the Placer County Board of Supervisors on June 5, 2018. She can forge closer cooperation between the county and its largest city.
Davis’s June 5, 2018, ballot has nine candidates vying for two council seats, plus ballot measures extending two parcel taxes and adding 2,200 beds of student housing near UC Davis. Dan Carson and Gloria Partida stand out. Vote yes on Measure H, I and J.
Gary Sandy, a former mayor of Woodland, has the policy knowledge and experience to be a thoughtful leader for Yolo County. District 3 voters should pick him on June 5, 2018. They should also support Measure K, the cannabis cultivation tax.
The Sacramento City Council is wise push the Sacramento Police Department to reform after the shooting of Stephon Clark on March 18, 2018. Changing use of force policies across California with Assembly Bill 931 much will be harder in the Legislature.
California should stop fixating on the Delta tunnel project, or California WaterFix, now heading to the Metropolitan Water District. The real question is how best to secure water and restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta amid climate change.
President Donald Trump wants California and other states to send the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border to help Border Patrol agents. California shouldn't want that any more than we want police doing the job of Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents.
Prompted by the police shooting of Stephon Clark in Sacramento, California lawmakers Shirley Weber, Kevin McCarty and Nancy Skinner are pushing bills that would restrict when police officers can use deadly force and open confidential records on misconduct.
The funeral for Stephon Clark, shot by Sacramento police officers in his grandparents’ backyard, is over, but the fight for justice is just beginning with Mayor Darrell Steinberg and the Build. Black. Coalition. His death has prompted a discussion on poverty and inequity, and how policy decisions set neighborhoods up for overly aggressive policing.
Congress fixed a major flaw in federal funding that took money away from crucial wildfire prevention programs. Pacific Gas & Electric announced last week that it will turn off the electricity during extreme fire conditions such as high winds.
Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn made the right decision to bring in California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to oversee the investigation by into the fatal shooting of Stephon Clark. For the sake of transparency, the California Legislature should consider requiring independent oversight.
California’s political leaders on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, criticized the addition of a question on citizenship to the 2020 Census. It would lead to an undercount of the state’s population and cost it federal funding and possibly a seat in Congress.
Nancy McFadden, chief of Gov. Jerry Brown’s staff, died of cancer in Sacramento, Calif., on March 22, 2018. She was one of the most influential figures, first in the Clinton administration and then in the Capitol.