EducationCalifornia’s next election will be a tug-of-war on education
Sandra Lowe reminisced about the good old days as she addressed a roomful of Democratic activists at the California party’s annual convention last week in Sacramento. It used to be, the teachers union leader told the crowd, that it didn’t take much to win a school board race: a short statement in the election handbook, […]
EducationTrump budget would mean major changes for California schools
The Trump administration unveiled its fully fleshed out budget proposal today, a fiscal vision for America characterized by significant cuts to discretionary spending programs and, among other things, a dramatic shift in education policy that could have a significant impact on California schooling.
EconomyFeds will OK $647 million Bay Area rail electrification project
After months of hemming and hawing, the Department of Transportation announced it will approve a $647 million grant to fund the electrification of the Caltrain rail corridor that connects San Francisco and San Jose.
EnvironmentCalifornia Capitol focuses on environmental injustice—but will it lead to real results?
A new generation of legislators and the growing clout of eco-advocates from urban communities is changing the focus of environmental debates in California. Once sidelined as a fringe voice of activism, the “environmental justice” perspective—focused on how environmental decisions impact poor communities and people of color—is now at the center of high-profile deliberations.
PoliticsTrump’s Man in Congress: Few on Capitol Hill are closer to President Trump than Bakersfield’s Rep. Kevin McCarthy
On paper, McCarthy is the second-most powerful member in the House after Speaker Paul Ryan, but in reality, no politician has more clout with the Trump White House than he does. McCarthy was one of the first Republican leaders to express support for Trump, and when Ryan and other Republicans disowned him after the release of the infamous Access Hollywood tape, McCarthy held his tongue and served as a go-between.
PoliticsGovernor proposes deportation defense—courtesy of California
For the first time ever, the proposed state budget includes millions of dollars to help undocumented immigrants fight deportation.
JusticeCalifornia AG: Federal pot interference unlikely
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra vowed to defend California's recreational marijuana market against the Trump administration this week, but added that he doesn't see an immediate crackdown coming.
PoliticsFoes into friends: Lobbyists make amends to lawmakers with “make-up money”
“Make-up money” is what it’s called in Sacramento—the contributions that flow to newly-elected officials from interest groups that backed a losing candidate during the campaign. It’s a completely legal way of saying, in political terms, “Let’s kiss and make up.”
JusticeTrump takes issue with Congress protecting medical pot
In a possible reversal of his support for medical marijuana on the campaign trail, President Trump today expressed his displeasure with Congress limiting his administration's ability to prosecute growers and consumer of medicinal pot.
HealthObamacare repeal passes the House: What will this mean for California?
In a vote likely to upend both political fortunes and insurance markets across California, the House passed the American Health Care Act today, a bill that would repeal and replace Obamacare. California, which invested heavily in participating in Obamacare, would be particularly affected if the bill becomes law.