A few thousand law enforcement officers, government officials and community members gathered in Vacaville on Thursday morning to say goodbye to California Highway Patrol Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, who was fatally shot by a driver during a routine traffic stop last week.
The memorial service for the 37-year-old CHP officer and father of four at Mission Church in Vacaville drew a wide roster of state and local officials, including Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris. Read More
A late-blooming, business-backed drive to significantly alter the 42-year-old California Environmental Quality Act died late last week when it crashed into a wall of opposition from influential environmental groups.
That wasn’t the official reason, of course. Rather, legislative leaders insisted that putting off CEQA modification was a good government decision not to rush something so significant. Read More
State community college officials are hoping to save their system from devastating cuts with the passage of Proposition 30 this November. But if the measure fails, they’re unsure whether tuition will increase. Read More
The only reason I watched the Little League World Series was the fact that Petaluma was playing.
I am not really a very good baseball fan, but on Tuesday, I was amazed at the Petaluma team. Read More
For years, even decades, business groups have complained that the California Environmental Quality Act’s complex provisions were being misused to block worthwhile projects, often for reasons that had nothing to do with the environment. Read More
In response to the letter writer in support of Ross Mirkarimi’s reinstatement as sheriff (“Let Mirkarimi fulfill jail-system vision,” Letters, Monday), there is one main issue. Would applicants for law enforcement jobs or sheriff be considered if they had similar convictions on their records? The answer would be no. Read More
The passage of Gov. Jerry Brown’s infrastructure initiative for California high-speed rail is an important milestone in bringing modern electric train service to the Bay Area.
The initiative ensures funding for the modernization of Caltrain — a project that is critical to the Bay Area and the state. Read More
In your article about all the successful bike lanes around San Francisco (“Lane changes moving S.F.,” July 1), the author failed to point out the inherent problems with the new Golden Gate Park bike lanes. They’re unsafe for cyclists, motorists and pedestrians alike. Read More
Gov. Jerry Brown has a hard task ahead of him. He has to balance the budget, and the cornerstone of his plan is tax increases — a quarter-cent increase in the sales tax, and a 1 percent to 3 percent increase in the income tax for people who earn more than $250,000. According to recent polls, Brown’s tax proposal has reasonably healthy support among the California electorate. Read More
California’s legislature on Friday approved the main bill in a state budget plan advanced by its Democratic leaders to close a $15.7 billion shortfall despite opposition from Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.
The votes by the Assembly and state Senate on the $92 billion budget plan followed vows by Democratic leaders of the bodies that they would meet the legislature’s midnight deadline for a budget plan. Read More