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John Cox, Gavin Newsom Showcase Different Visions for California in Sole Debate

John Cox, Gavin Newsom Showcase Different Visions for California in Sole Debate

By Joel Pollak Republican businessman John Cox and Democrat Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom squared off Monday morning in their first and only debate in the race for governor of California, broadcast live on the Forum program of Bay Area public radio station KQED. The debate, moderated by KQED senior editor Scott Shafer, was comprehensive, covering a wide range of […]

California DMV Wrongly Registered 1,500 People, Including Non-citizens, to Vote in 2018

California DMV Wrongly Registered 1,500 People, Including Non-citizens, to Vote in 2018

By Joel B. Pollak The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) revealed Monday evening that it had registered 1,500 non-eligible people, including non-U.S. citizens, to vote between April and September, despite assuring the public for years it had safeguards to prevent that from happening. The error is the latest scandal for the DMV, which had 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 […]

‘Truth in Accounting’ Awards 10 States “F” Grades

‘Truth in Accounting’ Awards 10 States “F” Grades

By Chriss Street A new financial review awarded “F” grades to 10 states that did not have balanced budgets and have taxpayer burdens of over $20,000 per year. The bi-partisan Truth in Accounting (TIA) review plows through the voluminous comprehensive annual financial reports (CAFRs) for each of the 50 states to determine their solvency and burden […]

Trump Credited with Funding California’s First New Water Storage in 40 Years

Trump Credited with Funding California’s First New Water Storage in 40 Years

By Joel B. Pollak President Donald Trump is being credited for the passage of a new provision through the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday that will provide funding to help California to build its first water storage infrastructure in 40 years. McClatchy reported on Thursday: The House approved several provisions Thursday that help fund water storage projects. […]

California Already Spent 98% of Funds to Fight Wildfires

California Already Spent 98% of Funds to Fight Wildfires

By Chriss Street California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced Monday that the state spent 98 percent of its 2018 budget and is only halfway through the wildfire season. California has spent $432 million of this year’s $443 million budget for the fire year that runs from May 15 through December 15. CalFire has asked for emergency money from […]

Tesla Accounting Chief Quit After Elon Musk Ignored Pitfalls of Going Private

Tesla Accounting Chief Quit After Elon Musk Ignored Pitfalls of Going Private

By Joshua Caplan Dave Morton, Tesla’s now-former Chief Accounting Officer, resigned over concerns that executives were uninterested in addressing problems associated with taking the embattled electric automotive company private. In a statement released Friday, Morton, who quit Tesla on September 4, said his departure was prompted by increased levels of public scrutiny surrounding the car company. “Since I joined Tesla on […]

NAFTA No More: President Trump Announces United States-Mexico Trade Agreement

NAFTA No More: President Trump Announces United States-Mexico Trade Agreement

By Michelle Moons “It’s a big day for trade, big day for our country, a lot of people though we’d never get here because we all negotiate tough. We do, so does Mexico,” said Trump. Trump told reporters he wanted to do away with the name NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) in favor of […]

California’s Amended Net Neutrality Bill Moves to Final Assembly Floor Vote

California’s Amended Net Neutrality Bill Moves to Final Assembly Floor Vote

By Chriss Street California’s heavily amended “Net Neutrality” legislation passed out of committee this week and moved to a final floor vote as the clock ticks down on the August 31 fiscal year deadline. Sponsored by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), the SB-822 Communications: Broadband Internet Access Service bill has sustained given major amending rounds, but now seems […]

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) Indicted for Misusing Campaign Funds

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) Indicted for Misusing Campaign Funds

By Joel B. Pollak A federal grand jury indicted Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and his wife on Tuesday evening on charges of misusing $250,000 of campaign funds for personal expenses. Hunter, the scion of a Southern California political dynasty, represents the state’s 50th congressional district, which includes eastern San Diego County and parts of Riverside County. […]

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