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CA auditor: Six harsh reports in three months

CA auditor: Six harsh reports in three months

CA Democrats push to ease voter registration

CA Democrats push to ease voter registration

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Draft Emergency Regulations

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Draft Emergency Regulations

On September 21, 2015, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) hosted the third of three webinars to conclude the presentation of the draft SGMA Emergency Regulations. The implementation schedule of SGMA calls for these regulations to be approved by 2015 and in use by 2016.  Previous webinars were reported here and here. To see all […]

Government transparency effort faces union backlash

Government transparency effort faces union backlash

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