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
Without a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the merits of same-sex marriage, the issue will once again head back to court in California.
Last week, I wrote that the court should let the backers of ballot initiatives sue to enforce any such measures passed by voters but not enforced by government officials. If justices don’t, that could prevent them from issuing a substantive ruling on the fundamental right to marry raised in the Proposition 8 case they are considering. Read More
A few ideas in Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent budget proposal would be so damaging to the free flow of information in California that they should be scrapped immediately. Read More
Under a law that took effect last year, the public has the right to access the records of private foundations that are affiliated with University of California and California State University system campuses and examine how they spend the hundreds of millions of dollars they raise.
Or at least that was the idea behind legislation Gov. Jerry Brown signed in 2011 that made the foundations subject to the California Public Records Act. Read More
During his campaign to persuade voters to pass the Proposition 30 tax increase last fall, Gov. Jerry Brown was given the run of college and university campuses all over the state for voter registration drives, rallies and get-out-the-vote efforts. Young voters, lured by promises of no tuition hikes, turned out in big numbers to support the proposition, and now he’s repaying the favor. Read More
The San Francisco Unified School District stands to gain nearly $4,000 per student under Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed student-funding formula, which still faces an uphill fight to become reality.
The proposal, released this week by the California Department of Finance, would also give districts statewide more local control over how they spend the money. Read More
It was heartening to hear Gov. Jerry Brown talk about fiscal prudence at his State of the State speech Thursday. Lawmakers, he said, must be committed to “living within our means and not spending what we don’t have.” No standing ovation for that one.
Later, he singled out higher education for protection, insisting, “Tuition increases are not the answer. I will not let the students become the default financiers of our colleges and universities.” Read More
Local residents hoping to find out about the latest Bay Bridge construction work, closures and other news will not be able to do so on the span’s snazzy website, which has been shuttered after the dissolution of a public relations contract.
With its litany of explanatory videos, graphics and in-depth analysis of ongoing projects, www.baybridgeinfo.org often served as a useful resource for folks interested in the latest happenings on the span. Read More
With an additional $10 million from the state, the University of California system announced Wednesday that it is looking to increase online course offerings to bridge a gap in enrollment.
The UC Board of Regents said it hopes to increase access to a quality education by offering more online core courses to undergraduate students. Read More
It is not often that the phrases “California budget” and “good” are spoken in the same conversation, let alone the same sentence. And though the Golden State’s budget looks rosier these days, it is not time to stop working toward a stronger fiscal future. Read More