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State Treasurer refinances state bond debt, saves taxpayers $270 million

State Treasurer refinances state bond debt, saves taxpayers $270 million

. The State of California has found a way to save $270 million — without budget cuts or raising taxes. State Treasurer John Chiang recently announced that his office had completed the sale of $1.93 billion in general obligation bonds, which will deliver hundreds of millions of dollars of savings to taxpayers. Like homeowners refinancing […]

Sacramento sends Brown sweeping medical pot regulations

Sacramento sends Brown sweeping medical pot regulations

. Marking the end of one era and the start of a new one, Sacramento lawmakers sent legislation to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk that would revolutionize California’s approach to legal medical marijuana. Together, Assembly Bills 266 and 243, along with Senate Bill 643, were dubbed the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act — the culmination of an unprecedented effort to “draft […]

Final vote on CA Republican Party immigration platform

Final vote on CA Republican Party immigration platform

The state Republican Party fall convention ended today and the final vote on the proposed immigration platform was 74-24 to adopt it. Note that it was not a general convention vote of all the delegates, which came later, but a platform committee decision.   As far as we know, that was the vote and below […]

Brown raises fire alarm

Brown raises fire alarm

. Stinging from a surprise defeat in the Legislature over the scope of proposed emissions cuts, Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency over California’s raging wildfires. “His announcement, which will help expedite debris removal and waive fees to replace essential documents like birth certificates for those who’ve had to abandon their homes and […]

Contested family leave bill on governor’s desk

Contested family leave bill on governor’s desk

Brown gets bipartisan rebuke on drought policies

Brown gets bipartisan rebuke on drought policies

Gov. Brown vetoes CA drone bill

Gov. Brown vetoes CA drone bill

By James Poulos . Exhibiting his penchant for practical wisdom, Gov. Jerry Brown waved off the California Legislature’s attempt to place big new restrictions on drone usage. Deflating anxiety “Drone technology certainly raises novel issues that merit careful examination. This bill, however, while well-intentioned, could expose the occasional hobbyist and the FAA-approved commercial user alike to burdensome […]

CA Legislature sends Brown microbead ban

CA Legislature sends Brown microbead ban

. After a roller coaster ride through the Senate, a bill enacting the nation’s toughest ban on so-called “microbeads” headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk for signature. Doubts overcome After sailing through the Assembly in May, AB888, introduced by Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, languished in Sacramento’s upper chamber. As the Sacramento Bee reported, “it was blocked by […]

Tom Palzer: Republican Candidate for Senate

Tom Palzer: Republican Candidate for Senate

State Senate approves bill to revive Kelo-style redevelopment

State Senate approves bill to revive Kelo-style redevelopment

. California has moved one step closer to the return of redevelopment and the controversial power to seize private property through eminent domain. The state Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would give local governments the power to create new entities, known as community revitalization authorities, to stimulate economically-depressed or crime-ridden areas. Assembly Bill 2 would grant these […]