California Adopts Law Ending Disparity Between Crack and Cocaine

By: Monday September 29, 2014 4:15 pm

California took an important step last night in reducing the inherent racism in its drug laws and how they are enforced. Among the dozens of bills signed by California Governor Jerry Brown (D) on Sunday was SB 1010, The California Fair Sentencing Act, sponsored by State Senator Holly Mitchell (D).


Gov. Jerry Brown Shows his Age With Absurd Marijuana Answer

By: Monday March 3, 2014 9:21 am

California Governor Jerry Brown (D) really showed his age this weekend when he decided to responded to a serious question about marijuana legalization with absurd concerns about potheads making the country weak. From Meet the Press: DAVID GREGORY: Forty years ago, we weren’t talking about legalizing marijuana in states either. Is that a good idea [...]

Interpreting an Urgent Medical Need in California

By: Saturday October 19, 2013 11:40 am

Poulinna Po had just walked into the Long Beach offices of Khmer Girls in Action when she got the news: Governor Jerry Brown had vetoed Assembly Bill 1263, which promised to expand the number of state medical translators. The measure had seemed to offer a straightforward solution to the dilemmas faced by California’s estimated three million Medi-Cal beneficiaries who speak little or no English.

Brown Out

By: Sunday September 29, 2013 1:00 pm

Governor Jerry Brown waited until late Friday to veto legislation requiring coroners to report to the medical board whenever narcotics cause deaths. The medical establishment has opposed the bill, which is aimed at weeding out the small number of dangerous and drug dealing doctors who are responsible for the vast majority of prescription drug overdose deaths.

Lessons (Not) Learned From the Chevron Fire

By: Wednesday April 10, 2013 5:14 pm

On Friday, federal accident investigators told California legislators that the state’s patchwork of oil industry regulations needs a serious overhaul. The Chevron fire that produced a toxic cloud and sent 15,000 people to the hospital could have been prevented, but the system was reactive and not designed to foresee and forestall problems, said the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. Duh. The board didn’t need 18 months to come to that conclusion.

Hundreds of Students Attempting to Shut Down UC Regents Meeting Over Tuition Hikes

By: Thursday November 15, 2012 12:30 pm

About 500 students are currently blockading entrances to the University of California Board of Regents meeting at UC San Francisco this morning, where the Regents are scheduled to vote on a budget that presumes a 24 percent across-the-board increase on UC tuitions. Picketing students have pledged to shut the meeting down.

Why California’s Gas Prices Have Skyrocketed

By: Monday October 8, 2012 4:16 pm

Brad Plumer has a decent enough explanation of why gas prices have soared in California over the past week or so. Being a California resident, perhaps I can provide a bit more insight into how this has played out on the ground. Professor James Hamilton explains that a series of refinery and pipeline shutdowns, and [...]

Liberty Counsel Threatens to Sue if California’s Governor Brown Signs Ban on ‘Ex-gay’ Therapy

By: Monday September 3, 2012 7:30 am

Mat Staver and these charlatans are only looking for attention. I can’t fathom that they want to take on the merits of conversion/reparative therapy — long discredited — to “pray away the gay.” But as LGBT rights advance, groups like Liberty Counsel have fewer opportunities to put on their dog and pony show to raise cash.

Fatster’s News Roundup from August 28, 2012

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 6:00 am

Fatster’s rounds up news stories from all over, include links and articles about Syria’s tragedy, Iran helping Syria, US troops in Afghanistan, Gaza’s nightmare, Rachel Corrie and Israel, ECB head to miss Jackson Hole? another housing scam, LIBOR scandal, Federal Reserve, Dems neglecting the poor, Tampa partying, Chris Christie, corporate sponsors vs. ALEC, Jerry Brown, Girl Stuff, and much more.

California State Senate Vote Do-or-Die for High Speed Rail

By: Friday July 6, 2012 7:34 am

If you believe that America should have first-class infrastructure, if you believe in the benefits to productivity and reducing carbon emissions and creating an environment for economic growth in the nation’s largest state, if you believe that times of economic struggle are actually perfect moments for infrastructure improvements, while labor costs are relatively low, then tomorrow is an enormous test of that proposition.

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