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CA Controller’s June Cash Report Highlights Volatility of Personal Income Taxes

CA Controller’s June Cash Report Highlights Volatility of Personal Income Taxes

California total revenues fell short of expectations for the third straight month in June, but overall revenues for the fiscal year outpaced projections made in the 2015-16 budget by $978.6 million, according to State Controller Betty T. Yee’s monthly report of California’s cash balance, receipts, and disbursements published today. June revenues were $524.4 million—or 3.1 […]

Sanchez has uphill climb for Senate even after encouraging poll, endorsements

Sanchez has uphill climb for Senate even after encouraging poll, endorsements

17 Initiatives Qualify for November Ballot

17 Initiatives Qualify for November Ballot

Voters have been warned for a while to be prepared for a seemingly never-ending series of ballot measures, and on Thursday the secretary of state released the final list of what initiatives qualified. Seventeen total. And while voters will read and learn more as the campaigns unfold between now and Election Day, here is a […]

New Research Shows Wind, Not Water, Responsible For California Drought

New Research Shows Wind, Not Water, Responsible For California Drought

New research from the University of Texas at Austin shows wind is largely responsible for droughts in California, not the amount of evaporated moisture or human activity. The finding, which was published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, shows that while evaporation of the Pacific Ocean is a major source of California’s precipitation, the amount […]

House passes bill to save Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta salmon

House passes bill to save Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta salmon

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are targeting striped bass in a farmer-backed effort to protect the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta’s salmon while trimming a 1992 environmental law. In what amounts to a multipronged move, the House on Tuesday night approved a bill by Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., that ends the 1992 law’s goal of doubling the number of […]

PLF files appeal in mobile home park property rights case

PLF files appeal in mobile home park property rights case

The Jisser family’s appeal seeks to guarantee that all property owners have a right to their day in court Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) today filed an appeal with the Ninth Circuit in the constitutional property rights case of Jisser v. City of Palo Alto.  PLF represents the Jisser family, owners of the Buena Vista Mobile […]

Governor Brown takes action on Gun Bills

Governor Brown takes action on Gun Bills

GAINES & ASSOCIATES  SPECIAL REPORT CALIFORNIA STATE LEGISLATURE Earlier today, Governor Jerry Brown took action on several gun control bills placed on his desk late yesterday by a State Legislature anxious to get the proposals to the Governor prior to breaking for their month long Summer Recess today. As you are aware from recent “Gaines […]

NASA Maps California Drought Effects on Sierra Trees

NASA Maps California Drought Effects on Sierra Trees

A new map created with measurements from an airborne instrument developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, reveals the devastating effect of California’s ongoing drought on Sierra Nevada conifer forests. The map will be used to help the U.S. Forest Service assess and respond to the impacts of increased tree mortality caused by the […]

Advancing bill would upend CA religious schools

Advancing bill would upend CA religious schools

By James Poulos . California legislators could soon wipe out the social and cultural exemptions afforded to state religious schools that they depend upon for their identity. Senate Bill 1146, now moving through committee in the Assembly, “aims to include all colleges and universities receiving state financial assistance together with students receiving state financial aid under […]

Debate over gun-control laws grips CA

Debate over gun-control laws grips CA