By Dan Morain | March 20, 2019
Lawmakers take up the college cheating scandal. A widow brings lawmakers to bipartisan tears. Payday loans, taxes, PG&E's boss and follow Devin Nunes' cow.
By Dan Morain | March 19, 2019
California news groups join forces on police records. Networking at the online community college. Poverty towing. Super bloom gridlock. And Nunes sues.
Heather Hiles, president and CEO of California's new online college, advocated for granting a no-bid contract to executive recruiter Carolyn Carpeneti. Before becoming an executive recruiter, Carpeneti was a political…
By Dan Morain | March 18, 2019
Legislators to test Newsom with new bills, more school districts plan layoffs, why industrial hemp still isn't legal, panel continues death penalty work
By Dan Morain | March 15, 2019
More college cheating scandal fallout, UC gives legal aid to undocumented students and their families, rent control returns and drought ends.
Why Gov. Gavin Newsom issued death penalty reprieves, the mob hit that informed his decision, Southern California Edison power lines sparked the Thomas Fire
Newsom to sign death penalty moratorium, Californians caught up in college admissions scandal, legislator charged
By Dan Morain | March 12, 2019
Effort grows to abolish state tax board, legislature weighs new tax proposals, no-preference voters on the rise
By Dan Morain | March 11, 2019
Newsom joins battle over fate of PG&E, anti-vaxxers target new hepatitis A bill, gaps in mental health care persist
By Dan Morain | March 8, 2019
Financial analysts eye PG&E bankruptcy, toxic bills come due for new CalEPA chief, plotting a Republican primary challenge to Donald Trump
By Dan Morain | March 7, 2019
Homeless counts questioned, UC takes a stand on access to scholarly research, birth complications spike for new moms
By Dan Morain | March 6, 2019
Yet another official probe into the Stephon Clark shooting. California's new surgeon general warns of a powerful toxin. Incoming charter school reforms.
By Dan Morain | March 5, 2019
California opens a national Title X battle. Mandated treatment for severe mental illness works, where counties try it. A pension ruling for the status quo.
By Dan Morain | March 4, 2019
Local probe ends on the Stephon Clark shooting, shifting focus to Legis. California's gun seizure program needs help. A Hollister Ranch beach access plan. Coastal Commission's environmental justice policy.
The bill comes due for PG&E. Early wildflowers hint at a scary fire season. Sites Reservoir gets a bipartisan boost. What to know about data privacy.
Steyer gets a GOP name check. High anxiety over Newsom's weed license backlog. A tax even a CA Republican could love. High-speed make-nice. A judicial slap.
Becerra tries to claw back public records. Elections have consequences for charter schools. For-profit colleges get scrutiny. Plus: Dynamex draws a crowd.
CA GOP gets a new chair. Trump wants Californians to pay an extra insurance bill, for $1, because, abortion. Striking teachers, housing and charter schools
By Dan Morain | Feb. 22, 2019
What's next for the California Republican Party? Redistricting for 2022 commences. Charles Munger Jr. pulls way back from the GOP.
California is beginning the process of establishing a new Citizens Redistricting Commission to draw legislative, congressional and Board of Equalization seats for the 2022 election and beyond.
By Dan Morain | Feb. 21, 2019
Another teachers strike. Public employee unions take a hit in numbers. Becerra polices the police. And the soda tax is back.
Trump wants that high speed rail money back. Lawmakers want the bullet train to go to San Jose. Charter transparency gets a vote. And the soda tax is back.
By Dan Morain | Feb. 19, 2019
Behind Felicia Marcus' water board ouster, research into bee die-offs, 16 states sue over Trump's border emergency and preventing cancer.
By Dan Morain | Feb. 15, 2019
The fight for continues for police misconduct records, a pioneering state gun law is being challenged by red states, and a court ruling is creating tax chaos.
Newsom's State of the State throws the Central Valley a peace offering on the Delta tunnels, creates high speed rail confusion and offers a big social plan.
Newsom pulls border troops, an 'un-American' transgender ban, the next big fire, a possible oil tax, Felicia Marcus may be out, and the State of the State.
By Dan Morain | Feb. 11, 2019
A new governor in town, and at the the border. Why free community college isn't so free. Don't underestimate Kamala Harris. And the State of the State.
California needs health workers—stat. Medical exemptions to vaccination laws are spiking. And Stormy Daniels wants a stripper exemption to Dynamex.
A new California poll shows the Golden State loves Pelosi. Newsom settles a bet and spotlights housing. CA's new online college gets a tech CEO.
By Dan Morain | Feb. 6, 2019
Turns out the nonbinary gender law impacts everyone who's a teen driver. A deal on a police shooting bill dissolves. A 2020 poll. And CA's privacy law.
The California law granting a nonbinary gender designation will raise car insurance rates for teen girls and lower them for boys.
A GOP mayor embraces refugees in CA, Gabby Giffords wants CA to triple gun control spending, pulling the plug in fire weather and Westlands' man at Interior.
Mental health care in California, Capitol influence spending, Cal asks if elders with guest rooms can solve student housing and a justice opines.
By Dan Morain | Feb. 1, 2019
The Rams may be in the Super Bowl, but CA high school football is declining. Private prisons could be phased out. And a new bill addresses police shootings.
PG&E has violated its San Bruno probation. California's chief utility regulator issues a grim warning. And Trump jumps for GOP pundits on CA judges.
By Dan Morain | Jan. 30, 2019
Revisiting lethal force, the death penalty and humane treatment of inmates. LAUSD trusts in state funding. Soda lobbyists. PG&E lets the bankruptcy begin.
PG&E closes in on bankruptcy, fire data hints at tougher utility regulation and losses in November's fires alone cost more than the U.S. govermmen shutdown.
Kamala Harris launches her 2020 presidential campaign in Oakland. Gov. Gavin Newsom makes an example of an Orange County beach town. And Mike Males on kids.
PG&E is cleared of one big fire, but stil on the hook for so many others. Wall Street speaks. Another California Republican bails on the the GOP.
By Dan Morain | Jan. 24, 2019
Defending California's internet privacy law, the plan to tax online sales, the air in Imperial County and Jerry Brown's pension.
PG&E crisis spreads to Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric, Newsom makes some key regulatory appointments, Los Angeles' school strike ends and free money for kindergartners.
By Dan Morain | Jan. 22, 2019
Kamala Harris won't be the only California angle in 2020. And let the PG&E lobbying begin in Sacramento—just don't expect it to be done by PG&E.
By Dan Morain | Jan. 21, 2019
Kamala Harris is running. Also Infant mortality and premature births among African Americans in California, emissions rules, PG&E and LAUSD.
The bankrupcy of California's largest utility is just one wrinkle in the new world of electricity delivery Plus: the surplus, housing and a new GOP leader.
By Dan Morain | Jan. 14, 2019
By Dan Morain | Jan. 11, 2019
Newsom's first budget, the taxes behind his agenda, prison guards go after Jerry Brown's legacy on justice and Devin Nunes goes to Beverly Hills.
Newsom reveals his budget, Republicans slam Trump on FEMA threats, shutdown could worsen wildfires, CA vs. Big Pharma, DMV reinvention and why tiny toilets matter.
By Dan Morain | Jan. 8, 2019
Bankruptcy looms for PG&E, Newsom calls for more wildfire funding, the Montecito mudslides, Kamala Harris preps for 2020 and are legislators really like us?
Newsom baits Trump, Governor Dad is in the building, Pelosi, Huerta and other bigs turn out for Kounalakis and California school kids get a superintendent that can relate.
By Dan Morain | Jan. 7, 2019
Governors and California's independently elected lieutenant governors “don’t always see eye to eye,” Gov. Gavin Newsom noted as he prepared to swear in the new lieutenant governor, Eleni Kounalakis. “That’s…
The good and bad news about Gov. Newsom's new job, what Newsom's advisors say about the economy, Jerry Brown stories and what mattered Jan. 7, 1919.
Ricardo Lara opens the revolving door for a pharma lobbyist, an immigrant teen sues Trump for her parents, Jerry Brown's judges by the numbers and Pelosi and Becerra get the…
As Insurance Commissioner, Ricardo Lara will oversee a department with 1,325 employees, a budget of $287 million and a significant law enforcement operation. His transition team includes a man who…
A California law reveals a big drug price hike, legal weed a year later, a dirty trick may have cost the GOP an Assembly seat and a Brown-Newsom translator.
LAUSD gives Gavin Newsom his first big test, redevelopment gets resurrected, California reduces homelessness but only slightly, and recession is nigh.
By Dan Morain | Jan. 1, 2019
A minimum wage bump, women in boardrooms, new HOV stickers, rescues-only in pet stores. Here are some of the new laws that will directly affect Californians in 2019.
Gov. Jerry Brown spoke of things he fixed, tried to fix and fears can never be fixed. He sat in the main room of the home he and Anne Gust…
A new California justice is sworn in, new crime data is inconclusive, electric car sales rise, water tables fall and Colusa County makes way for Jerry Brown
Right-to-work forces take a next step, teacher unions threaten to walk out in L.A., an ag giant raises its pay, California mandates electric buses.
By Dan Morain | Dec. 19, 2018
Gov. Jerry Brown meets the press, government wildfire policies worsen the problem, the backstory on emissions and what won't happen on death sentences.
By Dan Morain | Dec. 18, 2018
Good news on California's homeless, governors ask Jerry Brown to show leniency, labor gets a seat at Newsom's table and how well do you know the governor?
By Dan Morain | Dec. 17, 2018
California reacts to the Obamacare ruling, lawmakers make school spending wish lists as LAUSD plans a walkout, cap and trade's flaw, and housing control.
By Dan Morain | Dec. 14, 2018
California's top judge leaves her party, the Brock Turner judge asks for money, a memory of the late Judge Newsom, and fingerpointing at the COP.
California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has quietly given up her Republican registration and re-registered as a no-party preference voter, citing the Kavanaugh U.S. Supreme Court nomination and saying she had…
By Dan Morain | Dec. 13, 2018
Californians aren't sunny, economists offer advice for Gavin Newsom, a water vote pushes a deal, a Newsom adviser raises questions, and a fire bill lands.
By Dan Morain | Dec. 12, 2018
Tejon Ranch gets approved after 20 years of fighting, Trump takes on California's border, immigrants and Nancy Pelosi, and the spotlight falls on Democrats.
By Dan Morain | Dec. 11, 2018
California's campaign finance watchdog barks up the wrong tree, Trump threatens CA water, businesses and immigrants and Star Trek gets a film tax credit.
By Dan Morain | Dec. 7, 2018
California's School Dashboard reports, Dieselgate funds start a fight, a GOP candidate tweets and lawmakers and ferret lovers want animal rights.
California Supreme Court weighs Jerry Brown's pension reform, Jarvis sues over retirement plans for poor workers, Kamala Harris' MeToo suit, YIMBYs, PG&E.
By Dan Morain | Dec. 5, 2018
Gavin Newsom gets expert environmental advice, the feds estimate California wildfires' carbon footprint, Toni Atkins introduces some 'Trump insurance, wrecking levees to avert floods, a possible Newsom advisor, and a…
California's 2019 legislative session commences, lobbyists crowd a lobby after a swearing in, a sign of the stakes, McKesson leaves, and a Hall of Famer.
A new Leglslature arrives, Jerry Brown and Tom Steyer both move on water, California opioid deaths, Pasadena's Al Lowe passes, and wildfire recovery.
By Dan Morain | Nov. 30, 2018
How to think about Eric Bauman's resignation, wildfires give way to mudslides and floods across California, what happens if PG&E goes bankrupt, how blue this state is, Paul Ryan vs.…
Patagonia founder donates Trump tax cut, private equity firms fight a CA tax hike, how California Republicans voted, Eric Bauer details and TJ Cox's win.
By Dan Morain | Nov. 28, 2018
Troops and migrants at the California border, online sales taxes soon to be collected, California's dwindling Republican Party, artificial intelligence, scamming seniors and suspect supplements.
Dems cheer and fume, California cars block climate change goals, Giants owner wasn't the only Hyde-Smith donor, and incoming lawsuits on boardroom diversity.
By Dan Morain | Nov. 26, 2018
Climate change in California, PT&E and Edison's political donations, research on mass shootings, gun violence restraining orders, commentaory and #MeToo.
Wildfire helpers, Paradise Thanksgiving, Camp Fire forensics, a record election for women, California family leave law, Brown's clemency, the Tigar family.
California confronts climate driven wildfires, what to do about rebuilding in fire zones, and the future of the California Republican Party.
By Dan Morain | Nov. 19, 2018
California waits for rain, Camp Fire is worst disaster since Loma Prieta, a GOP consultant is blunt about California's blue wave, Thurmond beats Tuck, mayors call for redevelopment, and an…
By Dan Morain | Nov. 16, 2018
California wildfires close schools, clog lungs, threaten utility, pollute the air. Plus, state audit for high speed rail, and canvassing for Central Valley Democrats.
Joshua Groban's appointment will complete a circle for Gov. Jerry Brown, who will have appointed a majority of the justices to the California Supreme Court, as he did when he…
The good news just keeps coming for California Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom. Not only did he win a resounding 60 percent-plus landslide, but he will be greeted by a two-thirds supermajority of fellow...
Camp Fire's death toll, Denham loses to Harder, Orange County is about to turn blue, Linda Sanchez's family problem and Kirsten Olsen's obit for the GOP.
California Legislature politics, Democrats and moderate Democrats, open seats, Senate, Assembly, alcoholism and suicide among California lawyers, Other Bar
Veterans Day, California wildfires, Trump tweets, revelations on background checks in a new UC Davis gun study, most school bonds pass, most California housing measures fail, World War I marks…
One of four California gun owners bought their firearms without undergoing background checks, researchers at UC Davis’ Violence Prevention Research Program reported Sunday. State laws dating back decades require background checks…
By Dan Morain | Nov. 9, 2018
The Thousand Oaks mass shooting, gun violence restraining orders, uncounted votes, Tuck and Thurmond, Salas, NInth Circuit DACA decision, women in office.
By Dan Morain | Nov. 8, 2018
Republicans lose, Latino candidates gain and Gavin Newsom may be considering former Clinton aide Ann O'Leary as chief of staff. Also, Jerry Brown on water.
Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom was expected to cruise to victory on Tuesday as governor over Republican John Cox as polls closed in California, while U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein appeared…
California's election returns matter nationally this year because of their impact on Congress. But statewide, the 2018 midterms are full of key indicators for Californians, including turnout, key legislative races,…
Election Day in California, turnout, Orange County, Legislature, supermajority, moderates, spending, death in childbirth, maternal mortality, greenwashing.
By Dan Morain | Nov. 2, 2018
Here's why this development could affect the state GOP's chances on Tuesday.
By Dan Morain | Oct. 28, 2018
As Assembly Democrats and the California Democratic Party seek a two-thirds majority in the Legislature, they've poured $527,000 since Oct. 1 into the campaign to unseat Catharine Baker, the last…
California and the House fight. How liberal are CA Democrats? The impact of a law giving prosecutors less power. Behind the UC strike. A cholera monument.
The East Bay Assembly race between Richmond City Councilwoman Jovanka Beckles, a Democratic Socialist, and Democrat Buffy Wicks of Oakland is testing how far to the left some California voters…
By Dan Morain | Oct. 25, 2018
California's savings on smoking bans, Gavin Newsom's audacious goals, a new PPIC poll, Wicks vs. Beckles in the East Bay, how gerrymandering could return.
By Dan Morain | Oct. 24, 2018
Agricultural interests have poured $420,000 in recent days into a push to unseat Bakersfield Democrat Rudy Salas Jr., over his vote in 2016 for a landmark bill that grants farm…
No Californian wins the lottery jackpot. For-profit colleges play the odds. Agriculture comes for a lawmaker who voted with farm workers. NorCal vs. SoCal.
Proposition 13 turns 40, labor shuns a Democrat over the gas tax, mental illness and ER visits, a lieutenant governor face-off and children's hospitals.
The California Labor Federation dropped its support for Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar running against Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter over his statement on the gasoline tax. Labor embraced Jessica Morse in her…
California healthcare workers union leader Dave Regan has used initiatives and threats of initiatives in the past in negotiations on behalf of his 100,000-member union. That Proposition 8 opponents are…
Where to shelter California's homeless, Trump's rotting trees, 2018 fire statistics, syphilis, Tuck and Thurmond, the Benicia-Martinez Bridge and a quiz.
By Dan Morain | Oct. 18, 2018
Campaign donations are going more to Democrats than Republicans in California's hot congressional races; Feinstein and de León debate; and Gavin Newsom gives because that's how far ahead of John…
Democratic congressional candidates in California's most competitive races are significantly outraising Republicans in small-dollar donations. It’s a display of voter enthusiasm that can pay long-term dividends for beneficiaries. The phenomenon…
By Dan Morain | Oct. 17, 2018
The Senate goes digital, Steve Poizner's GOP donors, high speed rail in Fresno, recycled carpet, congenital syphilis in California, taxes and auto rules.
Insurance commissioner candidate Steve Poizner is shunning partisanship in his bid to become the first no-party-preference candidate to win statewide office in California. But he is raising much of his…
By Dan Morain | Oct. 16, 2018
Those DMV voter registration snafus, a Supreme Court win for California cities, lung cancer rates plummet, how Cox and Newsom would differ from Jerry Brown, UC outsourcing, PG&E and the…
By Dan Morain | Oct. 15, 2018
Campaign money, 2018 election ad buys, Kevin McCarthy's 'Cherokee' in-law, Kamala Harris, smoking deaths, bad jobs, carpet recycling and California history.
By Dan Morain | Oct. 12, 2018
The main funder of the Yes on Proposition 10 rent control campaign is the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a Los Angeles nonprofit whose stated mission is to rid the world of…
By Dan Morain | Oct. 12, 2018
Trump's 9th Circuit, Jerry Brown's climate whisperer, new PUC exit fees for utility customers, Central Valley and Salton Sea asthma rates and a quiz.
Justice Kavanaugh's impact on the law and the 2018 election, a PUC vote on community choice aggregation and the electrical grid and a John Cox profile.
A Florida disaster relief firm facing complaints of shoddy work in California donates to Gavin Newsom and Democrats. Plus YIMBYism, Issa's seat and #MeToo.
By Dan Morain | Oct. 9, 2018
In August, President Donald Trump tweeted an endorsement of Diane Harkey to replace Republican Congressman Darrell Issa: “Diane is strong on crime, loves our Military & Vets-has my total Endorsement!”…
Gavin Newsom and John Cox debate, Dana Rohrabacher and Russia, California's test scores and Jerry Brown's legacy, the gas tax repeal, Proposition 6, Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, Gov. Jerry Brown, electricity…
California and Kavanaugh, a Dianne Feinstein profile, women's suffrage and California history, Proposition 12 and Orange County turnout.
By Dan Morain | Oct. 5, 2018
A new Kevin de León profile,carpet recycling quandaries, California's new internet privacy law, Los Angeles housing, Proposition 2 and our CALmatters quiz.
A mattress recycling audit, net neutrality lawsuits, Pat Bates' challenger Marggie Castellanos runs an ad, school bonds on the November 2018 ballot, Proposition 10 in a minute, Dianne Feinstein, union…
California's school test scores, how the CURES opioid database happened, Jerry Brown's #MeToo bills, Orange County political money and teen pregnancy.
By Dan Morain | Oct. 2, 2018
California's Coastal Act, a Silicon Valley billionaire, Jerry Brown's next Supreme Court justice, the gas tax costs Katie Porter a union endorsement, and #MeToo complaints persist for Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia…
Orange County Democrat Katie Porter, challenging GOP Rep. Mimi Walters in a hotly contested races, lost the laborers’ union endorsement over her opposition to California’s gas tax hike.
Gov. Jerry Brown, ending an unprecedented fourth term as California's leader, signs historic bills on net neutrality and women in boardrooms, along with new gun controls, changes in California's felony…
California's stake in the Kavanaugh nomination, Gavin Newsom's lead over John Cox in polls and among donors, a predatory lending probe, climate change warrior farmers, a PPIC poll, housing starts…
By Dan Morain | Sept. 26, 2018
Snakes, bitch slaps, climate and Valley Fever, teen pregnancy, dating violence, opioids, Trump or Obama, the L.A. Clippers arena, Hollister Ranch beach access, and education and Gov. Jerry Brown.
By Dan Morain | Sept. 25, 2018
California income taxes, gas taxes, campaign spending, climate change, automobile emissions, Mary Nichols, Xavier Becerra, Grump's EPA, Fresno, Paul Ryan, renewable energy
Democrats for repealing the gas tax get harsh words from a union, a startup makes a big donation, police shootings, a #MeToo suit, housing and a pro and con on…
The prison officers union backs Tony Thurmond, Xavier Becerra questions net neutrality legislation, food laws, plastic straws, Tom Campbell's third party, a gas tax commentary and the CALQuiz.
California's prison officers' union has emerged as a player in the race for the state schools chief, disclosing a $500,000 expenditure for television ads to help elect Assemblyman Tony Thurmond…
In 2016, Michael Weinstein pushed Proposition 61, which he claimed would regulate drug prices. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and other drug makers spent $110 million to kill…
California's housing crisis, drug industry donations against Proposition 10, cannabis equity, Hollywood Forever gets spirits and the governor's friends.
California's achievement gap needs universal preschool, Hollister Ranch and Martin's Beach brace for battle and de Leon eyes San Francisco's water supply.
California tightens ZEV carpool decals, de León criticizes Feinstein on Kavanaugh letter, gig economy lawsuits, achievement gap, homeless, women on boards.
Boalt Hall, lessons from the Global Climate Action Summit, Newsom and Cox on climate, Denti-Cal, Toni Atkins' UC regent confirmations, and CALmatters wins an Online News Association award.
By Dan Morain | Sept. 14, 2018
California pledges to reduce transportation emissions, one in five elderly Californians lives in poverty and political pundits predict a blue wave in California.
FDA's crackdown on e-cigarettes, Global Climate Action Summit opens in SF, Cole Harris' website is hacked by an insider and don't hold your breath for a third party
Republican Cole Harris lost his bid for lieutenant governor in June, but a message on his web site says he owes $1.1 million to his campaign consultants. The Glendale investor…
Global Climate Action Summit opens in SF, Gov. Jerry Brown considers licenses for ex-felons, local governments make moves on rent control and school chief candidates split over school start times.
California sets carbon-free goal, youth football tackle ban back in play, UC campuses among the best colleges and transportation remains an obstacle for low-income Californians.
The spotlight is on climate change in San Francisco, California eyes Delta tunnels, did California get its money's worth on stem cell research and Pelosi remains a powerhouse
By Dan Morain | Sept. 7, 2018
California fire costs burn up the budget, environmentalists criticize Jerry Brown on oil, female surfers got pay equity at Mavericks, plus beer and the quiz.
As Facebook and Twitter execs were called on the carpet in Washington, two California bills on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk echoed the calls to regulate Facebook and Twitter.
By Dan Morain | Sept. 5, 2018
Facebook, Twitter, Google to Congress, Harris and Feinsten spar with Kavanaugh, Cadiz and PG&E stocks react, campaign money flows, lawsuits on homelessness.
The California Public Utilities Commission reports that since 2011, the state has paid or will pay $199.3 million to offset consumers’ cost of installing Tesla’s batteries.
The criminal justice pendulum continued its swing away from tough-on-crime attitudes as the Legislature sought to end cash bail, increase transparency on policing, and pass a major revision to the “felony murder”…
The Cadiz water project, Steve Ballmer's Inglewood arena, ZEVs, clean water and cannabis are on tap for California lawmakers. Also: climate change sticker shock, net neutrality, #metoo, In-N-Out, Labor Day…
Calfornia shelved a big police reform bill, the bail bonds industry announced plans to launch a referendum, SB 100 went to the goverrnor, and a lead paint deal failed.
The Assembly approved the nation's toughest clean energy legislation, committing California to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045, and Gov. Jerry Brown signed landmark bail reform into law.
Clean needles, PG&E's wildfire future, climate change, #MeToo, housing, bail reform and more are on tap as California's Legislature wraps up.
Oil companies have become leading skeptics of a late-hour deal to help Pacific Gas & Electric Co. avert bankruptcy. PG&E has been blamed for last year's wine country fires.
Bird, created in 2017 with venture capital backing, hired a Sacramento lobbyist to push one bill, exempting adults who rent and ride motorized scooters from having to comply with the…
The world’s fifth-largest economy has spent billions of dollars to fight climate change. But is California booming because of the law that spawned those programs or in spite of it?
By Dan Morain | Aug. 22, 2018
Legislation to scrap California’s money bail system and give judges more say on whether to free defendants went to the governor and Gov. Jerry Brown all but promised to sign…
A state plan to shift some of the San Joaquin River water flow toward struggling fisheries (and away from farmers) brought ag region politicians to the Capitol, in campaign mode.
Soaring claims for fire damage are driving up premiums in the Sierra foothills and other fire-prone areas. Legislators seem likely to adjourn for the year without real relief for homeowners…
By Dan Morain | Aug. 17, 2018
Resources Secretary John Laird is making a final attempt to negotiate a deal with major water users to reduce use before a separate state agency forces the issue by imposing…
Los Angeles’ police union made clear the depth of officers’ opposition to legislation that would toughen the standard for using deadly force.
Compromise seemed distant as legislators raced to complete a final report on the issue of wildfire liability by week’s end. Organized labor and trial lawyers clashed.
City officials and cops protest a proposed state rule that would permit deliveries of marijuana to any city in the state, including those that have sought to ban commercial cannabis…
Realtors are funding an initiative on the November ballot that would give homeowners 55 and older a property tax break. Oddly, they’re already proposing a repeat for 2020.
By Dan Morain | Aug. 12, 2018
California's new budget includes $12 million for research into Jordan’s Syndrome—named after the daughter of a powerful lobbyist who persuaded lawmakers to spend state dollars seeking a cure for Jordan…
Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to limit electric utilities’ liability costs for future fires faced tough questions at a committee hearing even as utility representatives said the change is needed to…
Legislation that would alter liability law for California utilities whose equipment sparks wildfires faces a show-down today before a special two-house legislative conference committee.
Actress Jane Fonda and Jennifer Siebel Newsom, appearing on a panel across in Sacramento from the Capitol, called for passage of legislation to limit forced workplace arbitration agreements.
Legislators convened Monday to focus on hundreds of bills left to approve or kill in the final four weeks of the session—and raise money from the interests that care deeply…
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein remains adamantly opposed to draining Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, the source of water for 2.6 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area water. Sen. Kevin de…
A political action committee wants ferrets legalized as pets in California. Ferret PAC's Patrick Wright hopes Gavin Newsom notices his group's $125 donation.
Charter school advocates financed Antonio Villaraigosa's campaign for governor with more than $22 million.
The Trump administration proposed to revamp—and loosen—fuel mileage standards, challenging California’s authority to regulate air pollution within its borders, and enraging California officials.
Gavin Newsom ended June with $11.1 million in his campaign account, compared with John Cox’s $1.46 million, a total puffed up by $500,000 of Cox’s own wealth delivered on the…
Buffy Wicks was an early employee of Barack Obama’s first presidential run and an integral part of the White House effort to generate support for Obamacare.
Gov. Jerry Brown warned that the high cost of liability for wildfires could be the end of private utilities such as Pacific Gas & Electric.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin exhorted conservative donors at a Koch Network gathering earlier this week to donate to Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox, and called Democrat Gavin Newsom a “dirtbag,” a “joke”…
Ten California Congress members sent a letter to the Trump administration warning that the escalating trade war is damaging farm exports. Some could pay a price if they can't persuade…
After touring the Carr fire devastation in Redding, Assembly Republican leader Brian Dahle added urgency to his call to thin forests to prevent fires. He has an ally in Assemblyman…
A suit can proceed challenging California schools over a failure to teach African-American and Latino kids to read. Eleven of the 26 lowest performing school districts in America are in…
PG&E says Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to ease liability for future fires is "insufficient." The question is how much are legislators willing to give.
Legislators begin to tackle the complex law surrounding fire liability, without knowledge of the cause of the most devastating fire in California history. One legislator questions whether they should act…
A statewide poll shows that voters prioritize water storage projects and addressing the drought above other environmental concerns.
A new statewide poll shows that voters are increasingly concerned about environmental policy, which could play out in the governor's race between Newsom and Cox.
Homeowners 55 and older could pay the lower property tax bills of their old homes when moving to more expensive homes with this November ballot measure.
Gov. Jerry Brown proposed Tuesday that the state ease the liability standards when electricity providers’ equipment sparks fires that destroy property. Utility stock rose. Insurance industry blasts the idea.
By Dan Morain | July 24, 2018
Democratic Assemblyman Ed Chau became so verbally abusive toward workers for the Secretary of State this spring that one of them pressed a “panic button.” Security officers who escorted Chau…
Democratic Assemblyman Ed Chau became so verbally abusive toward Secretary of State workers this spring that one of them pressed a “panic button,” drawing security officers who had to escort…
By Dan Morain | July 23, 2018
California schools may need to use more than half of all new tax revenue to cover growing pension obligations, leaving little extra for classrooms. The unfunded pension liability is $107 billion.
Jerry Brown asked the California Supreme Court to act on an important pension case before he leaves office. The Supreme Court is short-handed because Brown has left a vacancy unfilled…
By Dan Morain | July 19, 2018
California Supreme Court kicked Timothy Draper's CalExit initiative off the November ballot. Justices agreed to hear Draper's arguments, leaving open the possibility the initiative could appear on a future ballot.
By Dan Morain | July 18, 2018
In his race against U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, state Sen. Kevin de León failed to submit his latest campaign finance statements online, limiting the ability of Californians to see those reports for...
Candidates for superintendent of public instruction tangled over prison officers' pay. Marshall Tuck said Tony Thurmond should not have voted to raise correctional officers' pay by 5 percent, at a…
Gov. Jerry Brown, who began his career nearly 50 years ago by winning a Los Angeles community college seat, visited the Community College Board of Trustees Monday to describe his…
A 152-mile long canal that irrigates pistachios and other crops in the eastern San Joaquin Valley is sinking by an inch a month, the result of groundwater over-pumping by farmers. The Sacramento...
California voters will have a chance to vote on an $8.9 billion water bond that would pay for environmental restoration, clean drinking water and help rebuild the Friant-Kern Canal, damaged…
California legislators confront the question of how to pay for fire damage. Should PG&E be relieved of costs related to devastating 2017 wildfires, and should the law be changed for…
The Air Resources Board announced greenhouse gas emissions fell in 2016, even as fuel consumption increased. The main reasons: Greater use of solar, wind and hydropower.
Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, not yet 28, urges 'bold and tangible' solutions to help get people to turn out to vote, including $500 universal basic income payments to working poor.
New research shows California's high income tax rate has not driven wealthy people to move to low-tax states, despite low-tax advocates' claim to the contrary.
California Water Resources Control board is on the verge of ordering significant reductions in water use to save fish in what chairwoman Felicia Marcus calls a crisis.
By Dan Morain | July 6, 2018
A federal judge upheld California's sanctuary state law, saying the 10th Amendment doesn't permit the federal government to force states to help enforce federal law.
Why California's new privacy legislation will allow consumers to sue over data breaches by business, but not by government.
Thanks to legislation, the soda industry averted new local taxes, but it could face an initiative that would impose a new statewide tax.
By Dan Morain | July 2, 2018
California officials played an integral role in Japanese internment during World War II, as told in a new online exhibit. The gas tax initiative fight revs up.
By Dan Morain | June 29, 2018
California legislators averted costly initiative wars on privacy, lead paint and soda taxes. But voters will decide daylight savings time and gas tax repeal in November. San Francisco Mayor-elect London…
By Dan Morain | June 28, 2018
California labor worries about the impact of Janus v. AFSCME, but vows to battle on. Privacy initiative funder Alastair Mactaggart agrees to drop his initiative in exchange for broad privacy…
By Dan Morain | June 27, 2018
Nowhere is California's homelessness crisis more evident than here, where some 2,000 people hunker down for the night on sleeping pads, cardboard, or nothing.
By Dan Morain | June 27, 2018
California Senate Democrats watered down legislation to expand treatment for mentally ill homeless people. U.S. Supreme Court struck down a California abortion rights bill in NIFLA v Becerra. The ruling…
Humboldt martens are nearing extinction, in part because of impact of illegal cannabis farms in the redwood forests of the North Coast. Why vets can't discuss animal cannabis use with…
By Dan Morain | June 25, 2018
California Senate Democrats blocked legislation intended to help low-income people avoid losing their cars because of high-interest pink slip loans. Legislators push a bill to declare conversion therapy fraudulent. Critics…
By Dan Morain | June 5, 2018
Updated June 6 Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat who gained national prominence with his early embrace of same-sex marriage and his unabashed support for marijuana legalization, easily won the top...
California Assembly seeks to limit University of California from giving workers 401(k)-style retirement plans.
Donald Trump's endorsement of Republican John Cox will help in the June primary but not in the fall general election campaign. Don't count Antonio Villaraigosa out quite yet.
Good Friday morning, California. “We have been in a very long drought. It is my hope that it starts to rain soon,” Sen. Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat, told me, praying money will rain on his...
Good morning, California. “Pesticides classified as human carcinogens or likely human carcinogens were applied to nearly 9.2 million acres statewide in 2016. That’s more acreage than the entire land...
Good morning, California. “Has he endorsed her? No. No one on our team knew these were going out,” Dana Williamson, consultant to Gov. Jerry Brown, said of Assemblywoman Cristina...
Good morning, California. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Arizona and San Diego Monday announced a new border enforcement policy in which parents who cross illegally could be separated from...
Good Monday morning, California. “He then slowly inhaled the Pineapple Thai. It was the first time he’d had cannabis, he said, since 1979. ‘Somebody said I’m overdue,’ he laughed.” — Leafly,...
Happy Friday, California. Well-educated, high-earners are still moving to California. But with housing prices at an all-time high, there’s an exodus of low-wage workers, reports Next10, a...
Good morning, California. House Speaker Paul Ryan may not care about California potholes and doesn’t have to pay the new gas tax for road repairs. But the Wisconsin Republican has given $50,000 to a...
Good morning, California. In 2016, Sen. Dianne Feinstein signed the ballot argument against Proposition 64, the initiative that legalized commercial sales of marijuana. She warned the measure would...
Good morning, California. “Employers will ignore it at their peril,” Teamster lobbyist Barry Broad said of Monday’s unanimous California Supreme Court decision in Dynamex Operations West. The...
Good Monday morning, California. Santa Barbara County has nearly 300 wineries, and has granted 730 cannabis cultivation permits, more than anywhere in the state. “The cannabis situation in Lompoc...
Good morning, California. Local governments have set sights on taxing soda. Enter Californians for Accountability and Transparency in Government Spending, a campaign committee set up to promote a...
By Dan Morain | April 26, 2018
The candidate for California governor sees a path through the Central Valley to the November ballot.
Good morning, California. Charter school advocates already are spending $9.5 million to elect former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as governor. On Wednesday, they disclosed they’re...
Good morning, California. “If you care about this state, it’s time to sound the alarm about the crisis in media and what it means for the health of democracy in the world’s sixth largest...
Good morning, California. Sen. Kamala Harris, contemplating a presidential run, told a New York radio station she won’t take corporate political action committee money. Harris had taken $260,000 in...
Good Monday morning, California. Death penalty: What would candidates do A life-or-death decision: California’s next governor could quickly face a stark choice: allow an execution to take place or...
Good morning, California. Happy 4/20, for those who care, including the Sacramento lobbyists who are making bank on their many cannabis clients. California to Trump: Take ‘yes’ for an answer Working...
Good morning, California. Gov. Jerry Brown announced he’s sending National Guard troops to the border, to fight crime. That’s Brown’s use of jiu jitsu to end a fight with President...
Good morning, California. How about The Santa Rosa Press Democrat! What’s your privacy worth? California, which regulates many things, is considering going far beyond its borders to regulate...
Good morning, California. How about those Warriors and the Sharks? Happy Tax Day. Pleased to meet you: I’m Dan Morain. I came to CALmatters because I want to help build a great and lasting...
Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa apparently believes his path to the governor's office runs through the San Joaquin Valley.
By Dan Morain | April 9, 2018
Antonio Villaraigosa raises big money in race for governor. Is it enough?
Organized labor, consumer advocates and several Democratic lawmakers offered a new prescription for California's ailing health care system in the form a package of bills intended to rein in health…
Welcome to the wild ways of campaign money, circa 2018.
By Dan Morain | March 7, 2018
There's something for politicians on either side of the aisle in the federal lawsuit against California.
By Dan Morain | March 2, 2018
Joe Sanberg says he's not running for anything in 2018, but the Gen-X investor says he has an immediate political goal: organizing and campaigning to end poverty in California.