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POLITICS | California Assembly Passes Budget That Depends on Federal Aid

POLITICS | California Assembly Passes Budget That Depends on Federal Aid

By Romy Varghese California’s Assembly passed a $143 billion general-fund budget for the next fiscal year that counts on federal aid before triggering spending cuts, a rejection of Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposal to slash services ahead of more aid from Washington. The bill was approved 61 to 13. The Senate is scheduled to vote on […]

California Assembly advances measure to allow remote voting

California Assembly advances measure to allow remote voting

By CUNEYT DIL – ASSOCIATED PRESS  SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — The California Assembly narrowly passed a proposal on Wednesday that would allow state legislators to vote remotely during emergencies, as lawmakers widely regretted not being able to act during a weeks-long recess amid the pandemic. The measure comes after other states and cities have relaxed rules to […]

Trump administration yanks approval for homeless shelters in Sacramento, across California

Trump administration yanks approval for homeless shelters in Sacramento, across California

BY THERESA CLIFT The Trump administration has yanked approval for major homeless shelter projects it previously approved in Sacramento and San Francisco. The move undermines a critical component of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to shelter the homeless on state land and throws nearly two dozen potential shelter projects across the state into question, according to […]

Frank | Breaking the One Party State

Frank | Breaking the One Party State

  . By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views The Big Story Republican Party Conundrum:  Republican in California have to spend money to win back seven congressional seats lost in 2018.  We need to save the Senate seats for several GOP Senators and those of our Assembly members.  It will be tough and it […]

Sacramento NO Plastic Grocery Bags Now Health Problem Due to coronavirus

Sacramento NO Plastic Grocery Bags Now Health Problem Due to coronavirus

  . By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views Government when it acts never cares about the unintended consequences.  In this case, we KNEW the consequences of ending the right to use plastic grocery bags without paying a fee.  Now we use dirty, unhealthy cotton or solid plastic bags that we all knew would hold […]

POLITICS | California Seeks to Ban Boys’ and Girls’ Toy Aisles, Clothing Sections

POLITICS | California Seeks to Ban Boys’ and Girls’ Toy Aisles, Clothing Sections

Sacramento, CA—The Pacific Justice Institute—Center for Public Policy (PJI-CPP) is opposing new legislation that threatens to fine retailers for separating boys’ and girls’ clothing, toys, and other childcare products. Assembly Bill 2826, introduced by Asemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), would impose fines of $1,000 on large retailers that have different departments for boys’ and girls clothing, […]

Gaines Report | So Many Laws Proposed – Guns and Sacramento

Gaines Report | So Many Laws Proposed – Guns and Sacramento

The 2020 Session of the California State Legislature – the second year of the two-year 2019/2020 Legislative Session – is nearing the end of its second month and activity at our State Capitol is hectic. With the fate of “two-year” bills lingering from the 2019 Session being determined, and the dust from last Friday’s deadline […]

POLITICS | Legislative Republicans Lead Efforts to Repeal and Replace Anti-Worker Law

POLITICS | Legislative Republicans Lead Efforts to Repeal and Replace Anti-Worker Law

SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) and members of the California Senate Republican Caucus have introduced a legislative package to counteract the job-killing impacts of Assembly Bill 5 (2019).  Senate Bill 806, authored by Senate Republican Leader Grove and co-authored by members of the Senate Republican Caucus, would repeal and replace AB 5 with a new test […]

With school revenues at record highs, why are California districts facing insolvency? Auditor offers a case study in Sacramento

With school revenues at record highs, why are California districts facing insolvency? Auditor offers a case study in Sacramento

  . By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views Here is a truth, you can never give a government agency enough money.  And the unions and special  interests can never get enough tax dollars and bond money—regardless of how poor the test scores are.  Government schools in California are failures—they professionals are PROUD that 48% […]

Auditor: State’s 12 largest cities all at financial risk

Auditor: State’s 12 largest cities all at financial risk

    By Chris Reed According to a new website run by California State Auditor Elaine Howle and her staff, the dozen most populated cities in California all have significant fiscal problems and will be forced into major adjustments in coming years. Eleven of the cities – Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, […]

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