Assemblyman Tom Ammiano vows to keep working on legislation designed to limit law enforcement from reporting illegal immigrants after the governor vetoed such a bill over the weekend.
Assembly Bill 1081 would have stopped local law enforcement officials from detaining people for immigration holds unless the reason they were arrested or convicted was for a serious or violent felony. Read More
San Francisco officials claim The City has become a beacon of hope for reducing prison and jail populations without endangering communities. Read More
California took the fast lane to the future Tuesday when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law to allow self-driving cars on public roads. Read More
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will require a chaperone to be on board party buses when people under the legal drinking age are present. The law is aimed at curbing illegal alcohol consumption, which has proven to have deadly consequences. Read More
This election season, pundits everywhere are denying the existence of the undecided voter. While that may be true for some races, there’s one ballot measure in California that has voters stumped, and that may be the best reason to vote against it. Read More
The tax plan proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown on the November ballot has more support than a competing measure, according to new polling numbers released today.
Proposition 30, the Brown proposal, would increase the tax on income exceeding $250,000 for seven years and increase the sales tax by one-quarter of 1 percent. In San Francisco, that would increase the sales tax from 8.5 percent to 8.75 percent. The money would primarily go toward education and public safety. Read More
Gov. Jerry Brown said, “I’m fired up and ready to go!” in response to Candy Crowley’s question as to whether he will run for re-election in 2014. Read More
The 2,800 faculty and staff members at City College of San Francisco will have to take a 2 to 5 percent pay cut to help the struggling institution balance its budget, but layoffs were avoided in a budget approved Tuesday.
The $186 million operating budget was unanimously passed Tuesday by the board of trustees. It’s down roughly 4 percent from the $192 million budget of the previous year. Read More
Tens of thousands of acres of federal land in California could soon be opened to companies that will use hydraulic fracturing — commonly referred to as fracking — to extract oil and natural gas. But the sale of the mineral rights to the land, and the process of fracking itself, should be halted throughout California until safeguards are put into place to put checks on a system that is currently nearly free of governmental oversight. Read More
The first step to recovery is often admitting that you have a problem. Lawmakers in California did just that last week when they approved a pension-reform measure.
Pension payments and retiree health benefits are weighing down state and municipal budgets across California and have been a factor in several city bankruptcies this year. Yet despite the fact that many people have been sounding this alarm for years, lawmakers in Sacramento have not acted on the issue until now. Read More