Historic vote for farmworkers
California lawmakers passed legislation that would expand overtime pay for more than 825,000 laborers who bring produce to stores and tables across the state.
Top Two Primary Is Likely to Nudge Republicans Out
” a new low for a party drifting toward irrelevance in the Golden State”–San Jose Mercury News
Jerry Brown OKs automatic voter registration through DMV
Governor Jerry Brown acted Saturday to increase participation in California elections and help prevent shootings at colleges, approving automatic voter registration and banning concealed weapons on campuses.
California voters overwhelmingly support assisted death law
Nearly two-thirds of California voters support legislation, signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown, that will allow doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill patients.
GOP victories in California may be small but they still count
An revealing analysis of the Republican strategies that led to the 2014 Assembly victory for Republican Catherine Baker.
Rep. Loretta Sanchez gains ground on Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris in Senate race, polls show
State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris is holding her lead in the race to succeed Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate, but strong support among Latinos has enabled Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Orange County to establish herself as a serious rival, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.
UCLA study finds million-plus elderly Californians in poverty
National poverty guidelines say that for a single elderly adult living alone, the poverty line is $10,890 a year, but UCLA’s “elder index” puts it at $23,364 in California.
Latest sign Antonio Villaraigosa plans to run for governor: Central Valley “listening tour”
Villaraigosa signals interest in running for governor following several trips taken to the Central Valley in recent months to meet farmers, field hands, business and labor leaders, environmentalists and prominent Latinos. He has also been to the Salinas and Coachella valleys.
Local Governments spend Big to Influence Sacramento
The money spent on lobbying by government agencies — cities, counties, school districts, water agencies, even rent control boards across the Golden State — consistently ranks at or near the top of the heap.