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Newsom unveils gun initiative

Newsom unveils gun initiative

By James Poulos . Thrusting himself to the forefront of America’s campaign-season controversy around access to firearms, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom seized the opportunity to define the 2018 gubernatorial race early, proposing a ballot initiative that would usher in sweeping new gun laws. Although Newsom’s liberal bona fides were not in question, analysts observed that his calculated […]

CA confronts a Prop. 47 crime wave

CA confronts a Prop. 47 crime wave

By James Poulos . Nearly a year after California voters overwhelmingly agreed to lessen sentences and release inmates convicted of minor crimes, statistical and anecdotal evidence has cast doubt on the wisdom of Proposition 47. A souring trend Change has been swift, but results have been mixed, with little to suggest the dynamic is soon to […]

Voters will confront more bonds on 2016 ballot

Voters will confront more bonds on 2016 ballot

CA forges ahead with new animal laws

CA forges ahead with new animal laws

Brown warns climate fight will cost trillions, disrupt lifestyle

Brown warns climate fight will cost trillions, disrupt lifestyle

Oregon claim of assisted suicide safeguards has critics

Oregon claim of assisted suicide safeguards has critics

Brown vetoes numerous curbs on drone use; approves one

Brown vetoes numerous curbs on drone use; approves one

. Despite shooting down a series of bills intended to restrict the private use of drones in public airspace, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a fourth bill that restricted the use of drones around and above private property. “The law expands the state’s definition of invasion of privacy to include sending a drone over private property to make a recording or take […]

Average full-career CalPERS pension worth 20% more than average Californian’s salary

Average full-career CalPERS pension worth 20% more than average Californian’s salary

Pension reform initiative reworked

Pension reform initiative reworked

By James Poulos . The leaders of California’s pension reform movement have scrapped their previous effort, introducing two new schemes instead. The news added a fresh twist to the state’s long-running game of political cat and mouse, which has seen state officials labor to cast would-be reforms in a negative light. Switching gears Previously, former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed […]

Anti-vax referendum push falls short

Anti-vax referendum push falls short

By James Poulos . The drive to restore California’s vaccination exemptions through the state referendum process has failed. At stake was Senate Bill 277, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on a wave of concern that “herd immunity” among California children was compromised by a growing anti-vaccination trend. Coauthored by state Sens. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, and Ben Allen, D-Redondo […]