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Gun Laws: Bad Bills on Hold Until Summer Break is Over

Gun Laws: Bad Bills on Hold Until Summer Break is Over

7 Bills…and Waiting Waiting until the last minute is usually a big no-no, but that doesn’t stop the California Legislature from playing that game – even though they have an awful lot of stuff that needs attention. A lot of nasty anti-gun bills are still percolating in the process, but last week legislators left for […]

CA Controller Publishes 2016 Salary Data for State Government, CSU, and Superior Courts

CA Controller Publishes 2016 Salary Data for State Government, CSU, and Superior Courts

Which positions received the highest salaries at state government agencies, California State Universities (CSU), and county courts last year? The answers are on State Controller Betty T. Yee’s Government Compensation in California website, updated today with 2016 self-reported salary data for more than 385,000 positions and $21 billion in wages.  Users of the site can: […]

CA Legislature Makes Final Moves Against Gun Rights Before Summer Break

CA Legislature Makes Final Moves Against Gun Rights Before Summer Break

Even though the first half of the 2017-2018 session is coming to a close, the legislature still has plenty of time to mess with us.    But before we get to the legislative wasteland, we do have some GOOD NEWS to report – we have been able to stop – at least temporarily – Senator […]

Action Alert: No Cap and Trade Tax Extension

Action Alert: No Cap and Trade Tax Extension

  Even though they just approved $5 billion a year in new gas taxes, Sacramento is now preparing to rubber stamp an even bigger gas tax increase that would raise gas prices 71 cents a gallon or more by 2030, an increase of $600 per year per household in new gas taxes. Governor Jerry Brown is […]

California Closer to Becoming ‘Sanctuary State,’ Over Law Enforcement Objections

California Closer to Becoming ‘Sanctuary State,’ Over Law Enforcement Objections

by ASSEMBLYMAN TIM DONNELLY The California State Assembly Judiciary Committee approved Democrats’ so-called “sanctuary state” bill on Wednesday, over the objections of law enforcement groups and Democrat-leaning sheriffs’ unions. According to the Courthouse News Service (CNS), State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles) claims that his Senate Bill 54, the “California Values Act,” is designed to prohibit all […]

What taxpayers should know about the California budget

What taxpayers should know about the California budget

. By Jon Coupal  California voters are pretty good at figuring out what is going in the state capital when it hits them directly. For example, recent polling shows that citizen awareness of the $5.2 billion annual gas and car tax is very high and, incidentally, very negative. But the same can’t be said when it […]

California State Legislature – 2017/2018 Session Update

California State Legislature – 2017/2018 Session Update

Editor’s Note: For brevity this report has been edited to remove sections not applicable to Ventura County With the summer season now upon us, and the Legislature’s Summer Recess now less than a month away, activity remains hectic at our State Capitol. This Gaines & Associates “California State Legislature – 2017/2018 Session Update” will provide a […]

Recall effort stymied by Sacramento

Recall effort stymied by Sacramento

    By Jon Coupal Members of the California Legislature apparently believe they have the power to change outcomes they don’t like. This is like awarding the NBA Championship to Cleveland by retroactively mandating that all of Golden State’s three point baskets be counted as only two. While basketball is not on the minds of […]

CA Dems Support “Soft on Crime” Legislation, GOC Opposes

CA Dems Support “Soft on Crime” Legislation, GOC Opposes

  Since when does the “interest of justice” mean cutting criminals some slack who use a gun in the commission of a crime? Senator Steven Bradford is working overtime to make sure this is exactly what should happen. The Association of Deputy District Attorneys has been out in front in their opposition to SB 620 […]

Criminal justice leaders seek to end lifetime registry for low-risk sex offenders in California

Criminal justice leaders seek to end lifetime registry for low-risk sex offenders in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It’s been nearly four decades since a 25-year-old Frank Lindsay landed on California’s sex offender registry after he pleaded no contest to improperly touching a girl under 14. He has not committed another crime since then, but state law requires Lindsay’s name to remain on the registry, which the public can see […]

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