Despite some encouraging details in Gov. Jerry Brown’s recently announced pension-reform proposal, there’s virtually no chance the state will seriously reform — or even seriously attempt to reform — a system creaking under the weight of about $500 billion in unfunded liabilities. Read More
California voters are certain — as certain as anything can be in the topsy-turvy world of politics — to pass judgment on a multibillion-dollar tax increase measure next year, but that kind of measure is very much up in the air. Read More
California Gov. Jerry Brown made an appearance in Santa Clara this week as the Texas-based Dell computer company broke ground for a new research and development center. The symbolism was unmistakable.
With California’s economy stuck in a recessionary trough, critics have been drawing contrasts with Texas, its economic, cultural and political rival to the east, so Dell’s project is an anecdotal antidote. Read More
Assemblywoman Fiona Ma vowed to ban ravelike parties on state-owned land last year following several fatal incidents. But she quickly met a wall of opposition and softened her stance, and the new law the industry ended up with appears to merely reinforce existing safety practices. Read More
The state’s prison realignment is bringing new jobs to San Francisco.
Millions of dollars in state funding will be used to create 31 new government positions to deal with an influx of lawbreakers and a new center for drug testing, education and job referrals for those offenders. Read More
Wendy Walsh did everything she could to protect her son, but in the end, the bullying was too much for 13-year-old Seth.
“It started really in second grade, when people realized he was different,” said Walsh, of Tehachapi, a small town near Bakersfield. “He had effeminate characteristics; he wasn’t into sports. When he was in fifth grade he came to me and said, ‘Mom, everyone’s calling me gay.’” Read More
When Jerry Brown was serving his first stint as governor three decades ago, he was often accused — accurately, for the most part — of flip-flopping on issues.
One example: Shifting overnight from a fierce critic of Proposition 13, the 1978 property tax measure, into a self-proclaimed “born-again tax cutter” who tried to ride the anti-tax tide into the White House. Read More
Gov. Jerry Brown wants to increase sales and income taxes in a quest to “find another $10 billion” in revenue. He will have to craft a plan soon to get it on the 2012 ballot. To help California’s struggling economy, any tax proposals should be rooted in sound economics, which appear to be lacking in the governor’s ideas.
When economists assess a state’s tax system, they look at three factors: tax burden, tax structure and tax distribution. California falls short in all three. Read More
Governor Jerry Brown proclaimed Sunday Steve Jobs Day in California, the governor's office announced Saturday."To call him influential would be an understatement," Brown said. "His innovations transformed an industry, and the products he conceived and shepherded to market have changed the way the entire world communicates. Steve Jobs embodied the California dream." Read More
As the legislative session came to an end, some Capitol observers expressed a glimmer of hope that Gov. Jerry Brown would be the independent, reform-minded governor that he swore he would be when he ran for office. After the governor argued that not every problem deserves a government solution when he vetoed a nanny-ish ski-helmet law, I joined the “wishful thinking” chorus and urged the governor to heed his libertarian impulse. Read More