Dan Walters

Dozens of union-backed bills are moving through Legislature

At last count, 16.9 million Californians were wage and salary workers, and,…

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. (Courtesy State of California Department of Justice)

AG Becerra muffs chance to crack down on local government corruption

California’s new attorney general, Xavier Becerra, was given a golden opportunity Monday…

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. (Courtesy State of California Department of Justice)
California has one of the nation’s widest gaps between earning assets and pension obligations. (Courtesy photo)

Public pension shortfall one of nation’s largest

Throughout California, local government and school district officials are writing new budgets…

California has one of the nation’s widest gaps between earning assets and pension obligations. (Courtesy photo)
A woman writes a message on poster board during a rally outside the San Francisco Federal Building on April 11 in protest of federal budget cuts to public schools and the lack of affordable teacher housing in The City. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Help struggling students or pay teacher salaries?

Charter school advocate Marshall Tuck came very close three years ago to…

A woman writes a message on poster board during a rally outside the San Francisco Federal Building on April 11 in protest of federal budget cuts to public schools and the lack of affordable teacher housing in The City. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Rob Lowe at a press conference for the Toronto International Film Festival Press Conference at the Royal York Hotel, Toronto, on Sept. 14, 2009. The state Board of Equalization’s handling of his income tax appeal is one episode in the board’s history of dysfunction. (Courtesy Everett Collection/Shutterstock)

It’s time to abolish California’s dysfunctional tax board

The most recent revelations about self-serving hijinks of politicians on the state…

Rob Lowe at a press conference for the Toronto International Film Festival Press Conference at the Royal York Hotel, Toronto, on Sept. 14, 2009. The state Board of Equalization’s handling of his income tax appeal is one episode in the board’s history of dysfunction. (Courtesy Everett Collection/Shutterstock)
Gov. Jerry Brown walks with Sheriff Adam Christianson before the dedication of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Detention Center in Modesto on March, 7. (Andy Alfaro/Modesto Bee/TNS)

California gas tax increases for road plan still lack votes

During Barack Obama’s presidency, Republican congressional leaders easily passed repeals of Obama’s…

Gov. Jerry Brown walks with Sheriff Adam Christianson before the dedication of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Detention Center in Modesto on March, 7. (Andy Alfaro/Modesto Bee/TNS)

Feinstein’s evolving view on immigration reflects state’s

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein is a very vocal member of California’s chorus…

Senate Bill 461, benefits the boutique hotel industry by expanding an earlier exemption allowing hotels owned by producers of alcoholic beverages to also sell them to hotel patrons. (Courtesy photo)

Politicos punch holes rather than repeal old liquor law

Legendary lobbyist Artie Samish, in his 1971 autobiography “Secret Boss of California,”…

Senate Bill 461, benefits the boutique hotel industry by expanding an earlier exemption allowing hotels owned by producers of alcoholic beverages to also sell them to hotel patrons. (Courtesy photo)
U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa speaks to constituents during a town hall meeting on March 11 at the Junior Seau Beach Community Center in Oceanside, Calif. (Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)

California Democrats seek congressional gains, but turnout is key

California’s Democratic Party leaders can be confident that their candidates will once…

U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa speaks to constituents during a town hall meeting on March 11 at the Junior Seau Beach Community Center in Oceanside, Calif. (Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)
California Gov. Jerry Brown releases his proposed budget for 2017-18 at the State Capitol building in Sacramento on Jan. 10, 2017. (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Jerry Brown wants to kill a test of coordinated services

The “Coordinated Care Initiative” is one of those uber-wonky, densely complex, acronym-laden…

California Gov. Jerry Brown releases his proposed budget for 2017-18 at the State Capitol building in Sacramento on Jan. 10, 2017. (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
The bullet train is reportedly a high-priority legacy project for Gov. Jerry Brown, but recent setbacks could put the project in jeopardy. (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

California bullet train suffers two big setbacks that could be fatal

Late Wednesday, the California High-Speed Rail Authority dispatched a report to the…

The bullet train is reportedly a high-priority legacy project for Gov. Jerry Brown, but recent setbacks could put the project in jeopardy. (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Democratic politicians oppose Trump, but ignore Californian’s civil rights

California’s Democratic politicians have spent the last few weeks declaring “resistance” to…