Monthly Archives: July 2011

Redistricting: The Line Dancing Ends

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There are two, and only two, options left at this point for the political districts in which Californians will reside for the next decade: the current maps from the state’s citizens redistricting panel or as-yet-to-exist maps drawn by judges. And … Continue reading »


Amazon Tax Suspended If Referendum Qualifies?

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Legislative lawyers believe that if a referendum on the new law requiring sales tax collection by online retailers qualifies for the ballot, the law will have to be put on hold until the voters have their say. If that opinion … Continue reading »


To the Referendum!

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The initiative may the most popular form of direct democracy in California, but 2012 has the potential for the spotlight to be recast on one of the lesser known of the powers created a century ago: the referendum. This morning, … Continue reading »


Ex-Legislators: Why Go Home?

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One of the essential selling points of California’s move toward term limits for legislators two decades ago was that, by serving shorter terms, more citizen legislators would be elected who would do their time in Sacramento and go home. But … Continue reading »


Budget Lawsuit #1: Redevelopment

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Local redevelopment officials and leaders of several California cities took aim — as expected — at the newly inked state budget this afternoon, suing the state for its plan to revamp redevelopment agencies and redistribute billions of dollars to state … Continue reading »


Podcast: Sue Me Summer

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Now that the budget is wrapped and the Legislature has gone on summer vacation, things are all said and done in Sacramento, right? Not so fast. This week’s Capital Notes Podcast examines the soon-to-come battles over the budget and its … Continue reading »


Redistricting's Final, Controversial, Push

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As California’s bold experiment with independent redistricting enters the homestretch, it’s clear that drawing political boundaries is neither simple nor without controversy. And for the 14 men and women picked to do the work, the questions will soon be: can … Continue reading »


Amazon Tax Referendum Filed

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With the state budget not yet two weeks old, the first of what could be multiple challenges to its underpinning policies has been issued: a petition for the voters to overturn the new law requiring sales tax collection from online … Continue reading »


Notebook: Taxes, Maps, Parallel Universes

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If there’s one sure way to get a reporter’s attention, it’s to amend a contentious piece of legislation with so many new proposals as to make it a symbolic rallying cry… and… a candidate for political squeeze play of the … Continue reading »


State Poised to Lose Indian Casino Cash?

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As legislators ratified a new state budget last week, it’s doubtful that many of them considered the dangers to that budget posed by the final legal smackdown of California’s attempt to get a cut of millions of dollars in tribal … Continue reading »