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AP / Noah Berger

Protests Rock Oakland in Wake of Verdict

More than 150 people were arrested Friday night as angry protesters marched through the Lake Merritt area of Oakland following the sentencing of a former BART police officer in the killing of a young black man on a transit platform in 2009. The protest was touched off by what was viewed as the lightness of the sentence, two years in prison.

Posted on Nov 6, 2010 READ MORE



Dominican University of California / George Nikitin (CC-BY-ND)

Californians Put Down Their Joints, Give Jerry Brown Another Shot

In a state where personal marijuana use is virtually legal, Californians decided not to go all the way and decriminalize recreational marijuana consumption. Defying the national trend, however, Golden Staters just said no to Republican rule. (More results after the jump)

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Max Whittaker

Top Court Mulls Video Game Violence

The first day of deliberation in the Supreme Court about that perennial legal favorite, violence in video games, brought debate Tuesday about the potential damage done by minors’ exposure to sex versus violence ... and a Founding Fathers joke from Justice Samuel Alito.

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 READ MORE



carlyforca.com

Fiorina Heads to the Hospital

Carly Fiorina has been giving Barbara Boxer cause to worry about her Senate seat as the midterm elections loom large, but the contest in California took an unexpected turn Tuesday, when Fiorina suspended her campaign to deal with an infection ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / GUS314159 (CC-BY-ND)

George Soros Makes the Case for Legal Weed

The billionaire investor/activist has written a well-reasoned essay in the Wall Street Journal arguing for an end to marijuana prohibition. The L.A. Times reports that in California, Soros is backing the cause with more than words. (continued)

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 READ MORE



cityofbell.org

Audit Time for Bell

The city of Bell, Calif., drew quite a bit of unwanted attention to itself last summer with the revelation that several top officials were pocketing ridiculously high salaries at the expense of its citizens. Now it’s looking like payback time, as the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is on the case.

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rich Pedroncelli

Reclaiming the Golden State

At a discussion after the last debate between the two California candidates for governor, a man wondered whether his children would want to continue to live in the state where they grew up.

Posted on Oct 18, 2010 READ MORE


Brown, Whitman Wrangle Over ‘Whore’ Zinger

It’s perhaps commendable that repeat California gubernatorial hopeful Jerry Brown didn’t try to avoid the subject during Tuesday night’s debate or deny the existence of his aide’s “whore” slur directed at Republican rival Meg Whitman.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Schwarzenegger Slashes Social Programs

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken the ax yet again to California’s social programs, vetoing almost $1 billion in spending on welfare, special education, child care and other programs before signing a budget bill into law.

Posted on Oct 9, 2010 READ MORE


Brown Aide Caught on Tape Calling Whitman a ‘Whore’

An as-yet-unidentified member of Jerry Brown’s camp has created quite a PR snafu for the California gubernatorial hopeful by calling Brown’s rival, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, a “whore” during a conversation that wasn’t intended to be recorded. Oops.

Posted on Oct 8, 2010 READ MORE



Mark Lamonica

Reconstructing Los Angeles: A Journey to the Other Side of L.A.

There are certain places that are still empty enough to give us a second chance, even as the empire of Los Angeles moves ever onward, making a reverse exodus into the region’s last frontier.

Posted on Oct 4, 2010 READ MORE


California Debate Heats Up Over Immigration

What are the odds that California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman’s having hired and fired an undocumented worker would come up during the Univision debate? Opponent Jerry Brown lets Whitman have it for, like the worst rich-lady stereotype, blaming the housekeeper.

Posted on Oct 4, 2010 READ MORE


Schwarzenegger
http://gov.ca.gov/

California’s Top Court Rules in Favor of Furloughs

That’s Gov. Schwarzenegger: 1, and some 200,000 California state workers: SOL. On Monday, the Golden State’s Supreme Court officially signaled its support for Schwarzenegger’s mandate that some state employees take three days off, unpaid, per month. A real crowd-pleaser!

Posted on Oct 4, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Rahm Gone, Tea Party, Whitman-Brown

Rahm Emanuel steps down as chief of staff; now he wants to run for mayor of Chicago. Is this a shakeup or just normal job burnout? Is the White House in flux? With the House voting to impose import tariffs on China, will the Senate bring the issue to a vote?

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 READ MORE



megwhitman.com

Meg Whitman’s Immigration Woes

According to the very busy and seemingly ubiquitous attorney Gloria Allred, California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has run afoul of her own public stance on the immigration issue by virtue of having allegedly hired an undocumented worker to help in her home for nearly a decade.

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Reed Saxon

The War of the McCourts

The story of Frank and Jamie McCourt, who turned the Dodgers into their own piggy bank, lived a life of mortgaged royalty and then decided to destroy one another, is like something out of Tom Wolfe.

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 READ MORE


What the Pot Legalization Campaign Really Threatens

By their actions, alcohol companies are admitting that more sensible drug policies could cut into their government-created monopoly on mind-altering substances.

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 READ MORE



For Whom the City of Bell Tolls

Police have arrested current and former city officials who are accused of pilfering millions from the taxpayers of Bell. The small Los Angeles suburb gained national notoriety as a poster town for bureaucratic corruption, and authorities wasted no time investigating and arresting the alleged nest featherers.

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / edEx

Fears of Double-Dip Recession in California

As the national unemployment rate hovers quite stably below the double-digit mark, California’s troubled economy continues to dive into despair. The state’s jobless rate rose to 12.4 percent last month, renewing fears that California may fall into a not-so-delicious-as-it-sounds double-dip recession.

Posted on Sep 17, 2010 READ MORE


Scary Primary Results

Partisan Democrats are delighted about Christine O’Donnell’s Republican primary victory over Rep. Mike Castle in the race for the open Delaware Senate seat. I’m despondent.

Posted on Sep 15, 2010 READ MORE



Eric Draper / Meg Whitman for Governor 2010

A Closer Look at Citizen Whitman

Looking back at Meg Whitman’s history of fulfilling public obligations as a California citizen, we can measure whether her current commitment to public service matches her record of participation in some public spheres of citizenship in the Golden State.

Posted on Sep 9, 2010 READ MORE



carlyforcalifornia.com

Democrats on the Edge of a Midterm Disaster

The nation’s problems—war and unemployment—are badly damaging the Democrats, even on the Pacific Coast, which President Barack Obama won easily in 2008. And Obama himself, reacting slowly and indecisively, is contributing to the challenges his party faces in November.

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Nate Mandos

California Lawmakers Lay the Smackdown on Paparazzi

It’s only fitting that a bill cracking down on the paparazzi’s relentless pursuit of celebrities’ images, words and startled reactions in supermarket parking lots (“they’re just like us!”) was passed ...

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE


Carly Fiorina No Es Mi Amiga

The latest video from our friends at Brave New Films takes on Senate prospect Carly Fiorina, who, like all ambitious California politicians, is courting the Latino vote. But Fiorina’s “Amigos de Carly” site doesn’t make much mention of her support for Arizona’s immigration law.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

L.A. Jails to Get Ray-Gun Technology

Los Angeles jails may become the new frontier for science-fiction weaponry after the Sheriff’s Department unveiled plans to use heat-beam ray guns in one county jail, zapping unruly inmates with a beam that “makes them feel as though they are burning.”

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE


proposition 8 proponents
AP / Jeff Chiu

Getting a Read on Prop. 8’s Proponents

The celebration about U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling overturning California’s Proposition 8 hardly got under way before a trio of federal appellate judges put the kibosh on it all on Monday by putting gay marriage on the shelf for the time being.

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Eric Risberg

Reason Beats Hate in Prop. 8 Ruling

When public discourse is so dominated by hysterical sound bites of religious intolerance and xenophobia, it is inspiring to read federal Judge Vaughn R. Walker’s ruling overturning Proposition 8, the California voter initiative banning same-sex marriage.

Posted on Aug 16, 2010 READ MORE


Prop. 8 protest
AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez

Judge Lifts Stay, Gay Marriages in California Soon to Be a Go (Updated)

Twitter is abuzz with the news that Judge Vaughn R. Walker has lifted a stay on his historic Prop. 8 ruling, meaning gay couples in California can once again legally marry beginning Aug. 18. Officials are standing by.

Posted on Aug 12, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Schwarzenegger Urges Resumption of Gay Marriages

As the gay marriage train prepares to leave the station, it’s odd but telling to see Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger urging the resumption of same-sex marriages in California while Democratic President Barack Obama remains opposed.

Posted on Aug 7, 2010 READ MORE


The Judge Who Slew Prop. 8

The 14th Amendment is a mighty sword, and U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker used it Wednesday to flay and shred all the specious arguments—and I mean all of them—that are used to deny full marriage rights to gay and lesbian Americans. Bigotry has suffered a grievous blow.

Posted on Aug 5, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / clementine gallot (CC-BY)

Federal Judge Says Gays Have a Right to Marry

Federal Judge Vaughn R. Walker on Wednesday found California’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. In his decision, the George H.W. Bush appointee wrote: “Proposition 8 both unconstitutionally burdens the exercise of the fundamental right to marry and creates an irrational classification on the basis of sexual orientation.” (continued)

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / fictures

Gambling for California’s Future

In case you hadn’t heard, the Golden State ain’t so golden these days, and Gov. Schwarzenegger is having a tough time finding a way to yank California out of a yawning financial hole. This is where gambling comes in.

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Reed Saxon

We All Live on Turtle Island

When speaking of the natural world, for good reason we often turn to Native American myth. Turtle carries the world on its back is what many of these myths tell us; we are all citizens on turtle island.

Posted on Jul 22, 2010 READ MORE



Tesla Motors

How Clean Are Electric Cars? Depends on the State

With high-profile deals, expanding infrastructure and a growing list of models, the electric car is finally arriving, but, as they say, your mileage may vary. Charge that Tesla Roadster in Georgia, where they burn coal to power the grid, and you may as well be driving a Prius.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE



boc.ca.gov

Technical Difficulties Bring Luck to Calif. Workers

California’s outdated technical infrastructure has made 200,000 state employees very, very happy. After an injunction by the governor to cut workers pay to the state’s $7.25 minimum wage, the state controller has successfully argued that such pay docking would be impossible given the state’s outdated payroll computer system.

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 READ MORE


Schwarzenegger
http://gov.ca.gov/

Schwarzenegger’s Unwelcome July Surprise

Around 200,000 state employees in California will notice an adjustment in their July paychecks—and it won’t be the kind of change they want. According to an order issued Thursday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 2, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / laverrue

Gay Marriage Goes Up for Argument in California

California’s a place that may seem a little kooky, a little crunchy, and definitely more than a little liberal when viewed from some other areas of the nation, but when it comes to the issue of gay marriage, it has yet to catch up with Iowa. Or Spain.

Posted on Jun 16, 2010 READ MORE


Brown

A Very Jerry Primary Party: Brown Readies for Battle With Meg Whitman

California Attorney General Jerry Brown is making his play to once again become governor of the Golden State, and he stepped out Tuesday night at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles to extoll the value of ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE



Meg Whitman 2010 / Max Morse (CC-BY)

It Cost Meg Whitman Only $81 Million to Buy a Shot at the Mansion

Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman has promised voters to apply her business savvy to running the state that roughly one-tenth of Americans call home. She can start by explaining why she had to spend $81 million, most of it hers, to win the Republican nomination for governor of California. Her opponent, Steve Poizner, spent $25 million.

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE



Ralph Nader on Prop. 14

What Ralph Nader has to say about California’s Prop. 14, Rupert Murdoch’s billion-dollar disaster, and reports and videos on the flotilla raid you won’t find in U.S. media.

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / aflcio

Where’s the Recovery?

As President Barack Obama, speaking last week in Buffalo, N.Y., was assuring the country that “our economy is growing again,” the usual large number of unemployed lined up at a community aid center in Los Angeles for food, clothing, advice and help finding a job.

Posted on May 17, 2010 READ MORE


Welcome to California
Wikimedia Commons / Tobias Müller

Arizona’s Immigration Debate Gets Californians Talking

Now that Arizona’s notorious SB 1070 has caught the nation’s attention, immigration may again move into front-and-center position in another Western state that is ever grappling with the issue. Yes, that would be our own Golden State of California.

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 READ MORE


Why Financial Reform Will Be Easier Than Health Care

For the first time in Obama’s presidency, Republicans are uncertain as to whether resolute opposition to a Democratic idea is in their political interest.

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza, File

Obama Flies In to Give Sen. Boxer a Boost

The president didn’t mince words Monday during a Los Angeles fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer’s bid for re-election, warning “she might not win this thing.” One poll has Boxer about even with the competition, which has yet to be decided by state Republicans. (continued)

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / digitalshay (CC-BY)

The Secret Police of Los Angeles: Daryl Gates’ Paranoid Legacy

The former L.A. police chief, who died Friday, was notorious for presiding over a racist and brutal department (it had a nasty habit of strangling and shooting unarmed suspects to death), but he also had more than 200 spies keeping tabs on city bigwigs. One was even dispatched to Russia and Cuba, reports David Cay Johnston. (continued)

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE


What Are They Smoking in California?

There is record support for marijuana legalization, as more Americans see the drug war for what it really is. But framing the debate in terms of tax revenue is just bad politics.

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE


Jerry Brown
Wikimedia Commons / Phil Konstantin

California A.G. Says ACORN Workers Didn’t Violate Law in ‘Pimp’ Tapes

After reviewing the infamous video footage taken of right-wing activists James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles purportedly posing as pimp and prostitute, respectively, and talking to employees of the now-disbanded organization ACORN, California Attorney General Jerry Brown ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 2, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Joyce N. Boghosian

Californians Heckle Karl Rove Into Submission

Activists from Code Pink hounded Karl Rove off stage at a Beverly Hills event Monday. Ol’ Turd Blossom could be headed for more rough treatment as he takes his roadshow north.

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE


The Looming Water Disaster That Could Destroy California

There’s a disaster waiting to happen in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and a handful of wealthy farmers seem to like it that way.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE



Noam Chomsky Edition

The water disaster that could destroy California, how much NATO pays for dead Afghan children, and answers to frequently asked questions about health care reform.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE


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