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Read End of Session Preview

Three Bills to Watch in Final Two Weeks of Legislative Session

While new speaker Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) probably lines up along the same lines ideologically as his predecessor Speaker Emeritus Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), their styles could not be more different. As San Francisco Chronicle columnist Emily Hoeven recently put it, “Rendon had given his appointed committee chairs outsized authority, allowing them
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Previewing Gov. Newsom’s Political Roadshow State of the State

The Associated Press reports that “Newsom plans to fulfill his constitutional requirement by sending a letter to the State Legislature” instead of delivering the usual speech at the State Capitol. Part of me felt a little nostalgic by the news.  I’ve had the chance to work on both sides of
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Watch: Videos from 2023 PRI California Ideas in Action Conference

Keynote Speaker: Keith Knopf of Challenges and Opportunities of Doing Business in California Keith Knopf, the president and CEO of The Raley’s Companies, shares how state policies like Prop. 47 and green mandates affect the challenges and opportunities of doing business in California. Success Stories Turning Around Urban Communities Watch
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California is Hardly ‘Freedom State’ Under Newsom

Six months before Gavin Newsom was sworn in for his second term as California governor, he taped a television ad in which he tried to claim the Mt. Olympus of freedom was found on the West Coast and he was in charge of it. He continued that theme at his
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State Budget Update: Newsom’s Vetoes Foreshadow Tough Budget Year Ahead

Gov. Newsom recently completed the bill signing period, issuing his final signatures and vetoes on the final measures from the 2022 legislative session that remained on his desk.   On the campaign trail in recent weeks, Newsom has been touting the California blue state agenda as the way forward for
Agriculture

Life Is Too Short To Drink Subsidized Wine

Can the quality of California wine taste better than it already does? Apparently there’s a way to grow grapes that will do just that.   A farming experiment at ​​Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles has produced grapes that, the San Francisco Chronicle reports, are “noticeably tastier” than grapes from
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Prop 29 Isn’t Kidney-ing Around

During the pandemic, suddenly everyone became armchair medical experts – much to the chagrin of actual epidemiologists. We soon learned the dangers of politicizing health issues.   But on this year’s ballot, California voters will have to become armchair medical experts when they vote on Proposition 29, who will be
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Gascón Abandons Victims

Marsalee Ann Nichols, a UC Santa Barbara undergrad, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 1983.  One week after her murder, the suspect, Kerry Michael Conley made bail and confronted Marsy’s mother while she was shopping in a grocery store.  Their encounter was not a coincidence but was planned by Conley.
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Crime in California 2021 – Yes, we’re still talking about 2021.

On June 28, California Attorney General Rob Bonta reported that a Firearms Dashboard data breach had occurred, releasing the names and personal information for every CCW (Concealed Carry Weapon) holder in California.  Specifically, the data includes: full name, date of birth, address, gender, race, driver’s license, and CCW license number
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Read End of Session Preview

Three Bills to Watch in Final Two Weeks of Legislative Session

While new speaker Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) probably lines up along the same lines ideologically as his predecessor Speaker Emeritus Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), their styles could not be more different. As San Francisco Chronicle columnist Emily Hoeven recently put it, “Rendon had given his appointed committee chairs outsized authority, allowing them
Blog

Previewing Gov. Newsom’s Political Roadshow State of the State

The Associated Press reports that “Newsom plans to fulfill his constitutional requirement by sending a letter to the State Legislature” instead of delivering the usual speech at the State Capitol. Part of me felt a little nostalgic by the news.  I’ve had the chance to work on both sides of
California

Watch: Videos from 2023 PRI California Ideas in Action Conference

Keynote Speaker: Keith Knopf of Challenges and Opportunities of Doing Business in California Keith Knopf, the president and CEO of The Raley’s Companies, shares how state policies like Prop. 47 and green mandates affect the challenges and opportunities of doing business in California. Success Stories Turning Around Urban Communities Watch
Blog

California is Hardly ‘Freedom State’ Under Newsom

Six months before Gavin Newsom was sworn in for his second term as California governor, he taped a television ad in which he tried to claim the Mt. Olympus of freedom was found on the West Coast and he was in charge of it. He continued that theme at his
Blog

State Budget Update: Newsom’s Vetoes Foreshadow Tough Budget Year Ahead

Gov. Newsom recently completed the bill signing period, issuing his final signatures and vetoes on the final measures from the 2022 legislative session that remained on his desk.   On the campaign trail in recent weeks, Newsom has been touting the California blue state agenda as the way forward for
Agriculture

Life Is Too Short To Drink Subsidized Wine

Can the quality of California wine taste better than it already does? Apparently there’s a way to grow grapes that will do just that.   A farming experiment at ​​Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles has produced grapes that, the San Francisco Chronicle reports, are “noticeably tastier” than grapes from
Blog

Prop 29 Isn’t Kidney-ing Around

During the pandemic, suddenly everyone became armchair medical experts – much to the chagrin of actual epidemiologists. We soon learned the dangers of politicizing health issues.   But on this year’s ballot, California voters will have to become armchair medical experts when they vote on Proposition 29, who will be
Blog

Gascón Abandons Victims

Marsalee Ann Nichols, a UC Santa Barbara undergrad, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 1983.  One week after her murder, the suspect, Kerry Michael Conley made bail and confronted Marsy’s mother while she was shopping in a grocery store.  Their encounter was not a coincidence but was planned by Conley.
Blog

Crime in California 2021 – Yes, we’re still talking about 2021.

On June 28, California Attorney General Rob Bonta reported that a Firearms Dashboard data breach had occurred, releasing the names and personal information for every CCW (Concealed Carry Weapon) holder in California.  Specifically, the data includes: full name, date of birth, address, gender, race, driver’s license, and CCW license number
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