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Studies undercut Gov. Newsom’s claims on benefits of full-time kindergarten

Studies undercut Gov. Newsom’s claims on benefits of full-time kindergarten

By  Chris Reed, Calwatchdog.com Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2019-20 budget includes $750 million in new funding to help school districts shift from part-time to full-day kindergarten. Presently, 30 percent of districts only offer part-time kindergarten, as is allowed under state law, which provides such districts the same per-pupil funding as districts with full-day kindergarten. In interviews, Newsom has depicted the shift and […]

Despite record surplus, Gov. Newsom wants new water, phone taxes

Despite record surplus, Gov. Newsom wants new water, phone taxes

By  Chris Reed, Calwatchdog.com Gov. Gavin Newsom’s has called for a first-ever water tax and an added fee on phone bills at a time when the state is enjoying what recently departed state Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor called “extraordinary” budget health. Newsom said last week that experts now forecast a $21.5 billion budget windfall in 2019-20. Until recent years, the […]

State senator wants to give CA homeless a ‘right to shelter’

State senator wants to give CA homeless a ‘right to shelter’

    By  Chris Reed, Calwatchdog.com Democratic lawmakers are already gearing up for brawls with Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom over costly efforts to expand state government with a single-payer health care system and a bold new push for subsidized pre-kindergarten education. Now, another ambitious bill with a huge price tag has emerged: one guaranteeing the state’s steadily […]

Gov.-Elect Newsom’s interest in tax reform likely to face bipartisan push-back

Gov.-Elect Newsom’s interest in tax reform likely to face bipartisan push-back

  By  Chris Reed, Calwatchdog.com Governor-elect Gavin Newsom says he hopes to amend the California tax code to lessen its dependence on income and capital gains taxes paid by the very rich. Yet the last two serious attempts at tax reform were both dead on arrival, and the political dynamics since their failure appear unchanged or even more […]

Second-largest CA firm may be preparing for move to Texas

Second-largest CA firm may be preparing for move to Texas

By Chris Reed, Calwatchdog.com California could be on the brink of one of its biggest corporate defections yet with the signs that McKesson Corp. – the pharmaceutical giant that is sixth on the Fortune 500 list – is preparing to move its headquarters from San Francisco to the Dallas area. Apple is the only California company that’s bigger than […]

Farm Bureau, PETA Both Oppose Farm-Confinement Proposition

Farm Bureau, PETA Both Oppose Farm-Confinement Proposition

By Chris Reed, Calwatchdog.com   Breaking News Farm Bureau, PETA both oppose farm-confinement proposition By CHRIS REED California voters’ support for farm animal rights was made clear in 2008 with the landslide victory of Proposition 2, which said animals could not be confined in a way that prevented them from turning around freely, lying down, […]

Water Bond Facing Unexpectedly Strong Opposition

Water Bond Facing Unexpectedly Strong Opposition

By Chris Reed, Calwatchdog.com   At a time when many Democrats and Republicans alike believe often-drought-stricken California needs more water storage projects and infrastructure, an $8.9 billion bond measure that earlier this year seemed to be a sure thing now faces a somewhat less certain fate. The odds of passage are still strong. As a […]

Rent Control Proposition Proving Tough Sell Even to Democrats 08

Rent Control Proposition Proving Tough Sell Even to Democrats 08

By Chris Reed, Calwatchdog.com     With the cost of housing driving California’s emergence as the state with the highest percentage of impoverished households, it’s easy to see the appeal of rent control to key Democratic constituencies – starting with poor and lower-middle-income families, often minorities, who struggle paycheck to paycheck. This was why a diverse […]

Major online privacy bill becomes law after whirlwind week

Major online privacy bill becomes law after whirlwind week

by Chris Reed . A far-reaching online privacy bill that got next-to-no vetting or legislative debate was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last Thursday – the product of a quickly hammered-out agreement among state legislators, privacy advocates, tech firms and a real estate tycoon whose qualifying of an even more sweeping privacy measure for the November ballot […]

Democratic candidates for California governor reveal positions on single-payer health care and education

Democratic candidates for California governor reveal positions on single-payer health care and education

by Chris Reed The 2018 governor’s race got off to an informal start last week with candidate forums in Anaheim and San Francisco. Former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom leads all gubernatorial candidates in polling and fundraising. A September Berkeley IGS survey showed he had support from 26 percent of likely voters, followed by Republican businessman John Cox with 11 percent. […]