California Legislature

Gov. Jerry Brown points to a chart showing the volatility of Capitol gains revenues that the state depends on for budgeting

California budget surges to record high

A robust economic recovery and surging revenue propelled by voter-approved tax increases…

Gov. Jerry Brown points to a chart showing the volatility of Capitol gains revenues that the state depends on for budgeting
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California lawmakers return for election-year session

California lawmakers are returning to the Capitol this week for a pivotal…

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S.F. Examiner File PhotoThe San Francisco Unified School District welcomes families to participate in children's education.

Brown’s school finance overhaul sparks infighting over details

Gov. Jerry Brown’s landmark overhaul of public schools’ finances was aimed at…

S.F. Examiner File PhotoThe San Francisco Unified School District welcomes families to participate in children's education.

New mountain lion bill to protect wandering pumas

A year ago, state wardens were to an area just outside of…

Alex Leber/S.F. Examiner file photoBART Director Joe Keller has proposed a ballot measure to ban BART strikes.

Any proposal to ban BART workers from striking is not a simple matter

The history of government employee strikes in California is complex and lengthy.…

Alex Leber/S.F. Examiner file photoBART Director Joe Keller has proposed a ballot measure to ban BART strikes.
Rich Pedroncelli/ap file photoGov. Jerry Brown defended new plans Thursday that call for scaling back habitat restoration done while tunnels are built under the delta.

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes bill to lessen some drug charges

SACRAMENTO â€" Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Saturday that would have given…

Rich Pedroncelli/ap file photoGov. Jerry Brown defended new plans Thursday that call for scaling back habitat restoration done while tunnels are built under the delta.
Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunchMayor Ed Lee

Tough fracking law applauded by oilman

With the exception of Gov. Jerry Brown, there may be no bigger…

Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunchMayor Ed Lee
Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunchMayor Ed Lee

California's economy affected little by Legislature

California is recovering from the worst recession since the Great Depression. But…

Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunchMayor Ed Lee
Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunchMayor Ed Lee

Immigration reform, slowed in D.C., moves ahead in California

Frustrated by the House of Representatives' continuing inability to pass comprehensive immigration…

Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunchMayor Ed Lee
Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunchMayor Ed Lee

State needs to end solitary confinement for juveniles

Imagine you are alone. You have only seen a handful of other…

Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunchMayor Ed Lee

Jerry Hill's bill to improve safety after fatal limo fire heads to key hearing

Legislation introduced by state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, in response to…

Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunchMayor Ed Lee

It's deal time at the state Legislature

Darrell Steinberg will be a busy man for the next month as…

Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunchMayor Ed Lee
Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerJason Kellerman at his poker company office

Shark fin ban goes into place as groups keep up legal fight against legislation

A state law banning the possession or sale of shark fins took…

Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerJason Kellerman at his poker company office

Planning for the next recession should begin now

Governments in San Francisco and California face immediate fiscal outlooks that are…

Increase accountability for economic development subsidies

Spurred by news reports that Wal-Mart may be planning to expand into…

State must undo blow to access to public records

By most accounts, the state budget for the coming fiscal year is…

Cindy Chew/2008 S.F. Examiner file photo

Drivers with disabled placards may have to pay at meters in SF

Motorists with disabled placards would have to pay for parking and be…

Cindy Chew/2008 S.F. Examiner file photo

Jerry Brown’s proposed fees for public information are a dreadful idea

A few ideas in Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent budget proposal would be…

Pension measure is small step, but a good beginning

The first step to recovery is often admitting that you have a…

Soft-money contributions need to be limited

With 11 solid mayoral candidates, it looks like this will be the…