California sends tomorrow’s technology, Hollywood blockbusters and terrific pinot noir to the world. Now the governors of Utah and Virginia want the Golden State to export more of something else: jobs.
To make that pitch to California businesses, Utah’s Gov. Gary Herbert and Virginia’s Gov. Bob McDonnell, both Republicans, have scheduled joint stops beginning Thursday in Orange County, Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Read More
Last weekend, the California Republican Party held its convention in Sacramento. As it was nearby and featured a speech by neutered bogeyman Karl Rove, I went to the event and sought out those rarest of creatures, San Francisco Republicans.
“Are people nice to you?” I asked, figuring Bay Area delegates must get snubbed or at least tossed into the swimming pool by the confident delegates from rural areas. Read More
The race to be the next mayor of New York City could be decided by ranked-choice voting.
The Big Apple is between a rock and a hard deadline. Federal election legislation passed after the fiasco of the 2000 election outlawed that city’s old lever system of voting. Now everyone must cast paper votes, which take much longer to count. Read More
With the passing of Neil Armstrong, I wanted to share this story with you.
As a native San Franciscan, I was a paperboy for The San Francisco Examiner in 1969. The contest at that time was to get two new subscribers in June, and the reward was two tickets to the Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers game on July 20, 1969. I did my part, and that day, I was off to Candlestick Park with my dad as a proud son. This was the first time I was taking him to a game! Read More
For years, even decades, business groups have complained that the California Environmental Quality Act’s complex provisions were being misused to block worthwhile projects, often for reasons that had nothing to do with the environment. Read More
As I pack for my annual exodus to the East Bay in order to avoid the environmentally destructive Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival imbroglio, I learn that two of my favorite events will no longer be held thanks to fee and cost increases spearheaded by our rapacious Recreation and Parks Department. Read More
The Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama’s health care law in an election-year triumph for him and fellow Democrats who championed the most sweeping overhaul since the 1960s of the unwieldy U.S. health care system. Read More
Newt Gingrich’s surge to the top of the Republican presidential field has some conservatives imagining the former house speaker as the anti-Romney. Gingrich is encouraging such a view with his claim that he is “certainly more conservative” than the former Massachusetts governor. Read More
At 70, columnist George Will might be forgiven some mellowing. That will clearly not be necessary after reading his broadside against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Read More
Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., is co-sponsoring a bill to require every U.S. employer to use the E-Verify database to screen for illegal workers. But until discovered by reporters earlier this month, the senator’s offices weren’t signed up for E-Verify. Boozman was one of seven senators (four Republicans, three Democrats) violating a 1996 law that makes E-Verify checking mandatory for all congressional office hiring. Read More