This is the first year that Californians have been able to register or re-register to vote online. And the number of people who have done so suggests that the program has been a great success thus far. Read More
California’s new online voter registration process added more than 614,000 registered voters to today’s state electorate — almost half of them registered as Democrats. But beyond the presidential race, experts say, party officials shouldn’t count on support from such first-time voters.
Younger people and first-time voters tend to vote more independently and less along party lines than other voters, noted Corey Cook, an associate professor of politics at the University of San Francisco. New voters also tend to vote for the president and then leave many other items blank on their ballots.
A case in Sacramento Superior Court led to the public disclosure of who donated to an Arizona-based nonprofit group that has dumped millions in California to affect the outcome of two ballot measures. Read More
San Francisco’s state lawmakers are firmly Democratic, and there is hardly any doubt that voters will continue to select Democrats as their representatives in Sacramento when heading to the polls. Read More
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that life sentences for criminals who commit their crimes when they are younger than 18 years old is cruel and unusual punishment. But at the time of that ruling, a legal loophole allowed the California sentencing guidelines to stand and some juveniles were locked behind bars — sentenced to live their lives there without any chance of rehabilitation. Read More
A San Francisco commuter incentive program that encourages alternative transportation could be expanded to the entire Bay Area.Since 2009, companies with at least 20 employees have allowed workers to pay for commuting costs with pretax wages. However, the ordinance only applies to public transit, car-sharing and bicycling. Read More
Student protesters have long bemoaned the California State University trustees’ votes to raise tuition. But new legislation might give them more voices on the board that oversees the 427,000-student system.State Sen. Leland Yee announced a bill Wednesday that would require nine of the 25 trustees to be students, faculty or staff. Read More
The San Bruno pipeline blast killed eight people and injured 38 more in 2010.
After coasting to victory in the mayoral race, Ed Lee now faces a new challenge: paying for it.The mayor must move quickly to cover nearly $300,000 in campaign debt, according to finance filings released Tuesday by The City’s Ethics Commission. The mayor has attended about 10 fundraisers on his behalf since the Nov. 8 election win, according to his campaign manager, Bill Barnes. Read More
Legislation might put an end to the so-called revolving door of employees between the California Public Utilities Commission and the utilities it regulates, state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, said Tuesday. Read More