California Governor Jerry Brown looks on before delivering the State of the State address at the California State Capitol on January 31, 2011 in Sacramento, California.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Gov. Brown Debates Lawmakers In Rare Budget Exchange

In an unprecedented public give-and-take, Gov. Jerry Brown appeared before a legislative committee Thursday and engaged rank-and-file lawmakers in a discussion about how to address California’s $26.6 billion budget deficit.


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Calif. Lawmakers To Consider Thousands Of Bills

Neighbors and law enforcement agencies would get advance notice when they are dealing with child molesters and sexually violent predators under two of the thousands of bills that will be considered this year by the California Legislature.


Governor Brown’s Battle Cry

The media wasn’t even sure Monday’s “State of the State” address was going to happen. A few weeks ago, the buzz was Governor Jerry Brown wasn’t going to give one. After all, he’d already spoken […]



On The Money: Assemblyman To Sue The State

An Assemblyman’s claim for back pay was shot down today by a government board. But the battle is far from over – in fact it is just heating up. Assemblyman Gilbert Cedillo (D) Los Angeles, filed his Claim against the state, insisting it was illegal for lawmakers to have their pay cut by an independent panel.


Pulling off the Bandage

I recently cut out an article in the Sacramento Bee by Kevin Yamamura. It was a straightforward look at California’s budget crisis, with spot-on comments by Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor. Taylor points out that California’s […]



Brown Plans Budget Forum With Lawmakers, Officials

Gov.-elect Jerry Brown has invited state lawmakers and local government officials to a budget forum at the same time a special session of the Legislature is scheduled to be under way.


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On The Money: Wasted Words

California’s budget is 90 days overdue – the longest delay in state history. But lawmakers are spending some of their time – and your money – on resolutions that don’t even change the law.