Shark fin soup is an almost-tasteless delicacy that is more notable for its texture. But all across Asia and the Pacific Rim, Chinese consumers have historically viewed it as a mark of success and wealth. Read More
Earlier this month, the state Legislature passed Senate Bill 1029, authorizing the issuance of $2.7 billion in state bonds to begin construction of the nation’s largest transportation project — California high-speed rail — as well as authorizing an additional $2 billion in bonds to match local and federal funds for related projects. Read More
More than 1.4 million acres of scenic land in California is set aside for public use and managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. In the Bay Area alone, those sites include Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, and Mount Diablo and Mount Tamalpais state parks. Read More
The Chinatown Neighborhood Association announced Wednesday that it intends to file a lawsuit seeking to overturn a California law banning the possession, sale and distribution of shark fins. Read More
There’s a lot at stake for California State Universities on the November ballot.
Attending one of the university systems’ 23 campuses could be more expensive, tougher to get in to or tuition could even be reduced, depending on what voters decide for the pending tax measure. Read More
Now that ballot propositions for November’s election have been given names, the real campaigning can begin.
Already, a group of folks supporting Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax measure, Proposition 30, has filed to go after a competing tax proposal, Proposition 38, sponsored by Molly Munger, a civil-rights attorney. Anti-tax groups will go after both. Read More
Amid an ongoing budget crisis, a proposal to increase the salaries of three California State University campus presidents, including San Francisco’s, by 10 percent more than what their predecessors were paid is being questioned.
The 23-campus CSU system stands to lose $250 million in funding if Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax measures are not approved by voters in November. The public universities already cut $750 million from their budgets last year. Read More
The state Senate will vote today on releasing $2.7 billion in funds for California’s high-speed rail project, a decision that will likely define the fate of the $68 billion undertaking.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority and Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to start construction on the project in the Central Valley has drawn criticism from some state senators, who said the money would be better spent in developed areas such as Los Angeles and San Francisco. Read More
Candlestick Point Recreation Area and a handful of other parks recently dodged the executioner when Gov. Jerry Brown agreed to allocate $10 million to the state park system, buying more time for officials to find the alternative funding needed to keep them open.
Since California State Parks originally anticipated the closure of 70 parks Sunday, officials were relieved to discover that services at 65 of those sites would not be shut down— at least for now. Read More
Even the presiding officer of the Senate knew that Assembly Bill 1499 was despicable. Before beginning to vote on the proposal, he reminded our right honorable California senators that chamber rules prohibit members from “impugning motives of members,” “engaging in personalities” (which explains so much), and “personal attacks” or “indecent or profane language.” Read More