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John Cox, Gavin Newsom Poised For Only Debate Monday As California Governor’s Race Enters Home Stretch

John Cox, Gavin Newsom Poised For Only Debate Monday As California Governor’s Race Enters Home Stretch

By  Ben Adler  The California governor’s race enters the home stretch Monday as counties begin sending out vote-by-mail ballots while Democrat Gavin Newsom and Republican John Cox meet for their only general election debate. Newsom holds a wide lead over Cox in fundraising, although his strong advantage in polls has narrowed somewhat since the June primary. […]

CA Bail Elimination Experiment to Begin- Local Officials Comment

CA Bail Elimination Experiment to Begin- Local Officials Comment

By George Miller Hundreds of years of use of the cash bail system for defendants is about to be ended in California by legislative action.   The system of posting bail for release for criminal charges pending trial dates back to at least 1677, with the English Habeas Corpus Act. The English Bill of Rights […]

Corrupt SAC Pols Alter Ballot Measure title

Corrupt SAC Pols Alter Ballot Measure title

  Reform California In early September, I warned you that the Sacramento politicians had intentionally changed the official ballot title of our Prop 6 Gas Tax Repeal Initiative to remove any reference to gas tax repeal and replace it with a grossly misleading and false title of “Prop 6: Repeals Road Repairs.” Our polling shows […]

Officer and citizen privacy sacrificed by signature of bill Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC)

Officer and citizen privacy sacrificed by signature of bill Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC)

Against the recommendations of law enforcement, Governor Brown signed AB 748 (Ting, D-San Francisco) into law.  This legislation requires disclosure, with several tolling provisions and restrictions, of audio or video recordings when an officer discharges a firearm at a person or where the use of force by an officer results in death or great bodily […]

Lower Interest Rates on CA’s Bonds Benefited Taxpayers in 2017-18

Lower Interest Rates on CA’s Bonds Benefited Taxpayers in 2017-18

SACRAMENTO – California State Treasurer John Chiang has issued the annual Debt Affordability Report (DAR), in which he laid out how the continued strength of the state’s credit profile, coupled with the impact of changing tax policies on the supply and demand for tax-exempt bonds, contributed to interest rates on California’s bonds outperforming those of […]

Governor signs bad bill on law enforcement privacy

Governor signs bad bill on law enforcement privacy

Governor Brown has signed SB 1421 by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley).  Brian Marvel, President of the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), representing more than 70,000 public safety members, said “We are disappointed at what we perceive to be a reckless decision by the governor.” Marvel went on to say “PORAC has worked to […]

UFW Union Booted by Cal Ag Labor Board from Gerawan Farming

UFW Union Booted by Cal Ag Labor Board from Gerawan Farming

By Chriss Street The United Farm Workers (UFW) were booted on Thursday as the union representatives for 3,000 workers at Gerawan Farming by the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) after a court battle that lasted half a decade. According to the Los Angeles Times, the decision is a crushing defeat for the UFW, founded by Cesar Chavez […]

Judge rules Huntington Beach can defy California’s sanctuary law

Judge rules Huntington Beach can defy California’s sanctuary law

By SUSAN CHRISTIAN GOULDING  Huntington Beach can immediately start ignoring California’s contentious “sanctuary state” law, a judge ruled Thursday, Sept. 27. But even before he announced his decision, Orange County Superior Court Judge James Crandall acknowledged that the case will wend its way through higher courts for months to come. In April, Huntington Beach City Attorney […]

No gun sales under age 21 in California starting in 2019

No gun sales under age 21 in California starting in 2019

BY ALEXEI KOSEFF akoseff@sacbee.com Californians under the age of 21 will no longer be able to legally buy firearms starting next year. Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed Senate Bill 1100, which raises the age limit for the purchase of long guns, such as rifles and shotguns, from 18 to 21. The state already restricts handgun sales to […]

Investigate hiring of CalPERS CEO, John Chiang says

Investigate hiring of CalPERS CEO, John Chiang says

BY ADAM ASHTON aashton@sacbee.com California State Treasurer John Chiang on Wednesday called for an independent investigation into the hiring of CalPERS Chief Executive Officer Marcie Frost to resolve questions about whether she misinformed the $360 billion pension fund when she applied for her job. Chiang stressed in announcing his call for an investigation that he has […]