Monthly Archives: August 2011

A Hefty Redistricting Referendum

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When the petition to overturn the new state Senate maps hits the streets this weekend, it’s going to be not a page, but a packet. Signature gatherers are being required to tote along not just a page for voter signatures, … Continue reading »


Poll: Longer Legislative Terms, Stronger Initiative System

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If a unique gathering of Californians for a weekend full of talks about government proved anything, it may be that the best chance for consensus lies in the what’s most absent in politics: substantive dialogue. On the last weekend in … Continue reading »


Refer Madness 2012

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Whether most voters realize it or not, the vast majority of measures that appear on the ballot in statewide elections ask them to authorize a brand new law. Rarely are voters asked to approve or reject a standing law. And … Continue reading »


Redistricting Maps Official. Soon, Officially Challenged.

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You’d be hard pressed to describe the mood of most members of California’s first-ever independent redistricting effort as anything other than relieved — relieved that a very long and complex process has come to its official end with certification of … Continue reading »


For Some, Redistricting is Splitsville

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Even with testimony from the public and formal guidelines written into law, California’s first-ever citizens redistricting effort has found no easy answers to the question, “What is a community?” And so, in the statewide maps being certified Monday morning, some … Continue reading »


Court Freezes Redevelopment Revise

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In the six weeks since Governor Jerry Brown signed the new state budget into law, you’d be hard pressed to find a time period where the plan has been more rattled than now. The latest tremor came this afternoon, when … Continue reading »


Budget Revenues Already Shaky

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If Governor Jerry Brown’s first budget is going to survive without even deeper cuts to schools, health care for the poor, and public safety, things are going to have to get a lot better than they were in July. And … Continue reading »


Should Brown Have Taken His Own Advice?

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It’s impossible to resist taking Governor Jerry Brown’s Sunday network news interview, and the advice he offered a fellow Democrat in the White House, and viewing it through the prism of the campaign he ran for governor in 2010. And … Continue reading »


Notebook: Vacant Seats, Smaller Donations?

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The dog days of summer, especially in this unusual year where the Legislature finished its work on deadline and then adjourned for a month, leave a lot of time for contemplation. Hence, a Reporter’s Notebook entry that could be called … Continue reading »


Competition, Communities Dominate Redistricting Reactions

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Perhaps Angelo Ancheta, a member of California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission, didn’t know he was invoking the memory of one of the state’s legendary politicians last week as the panel finished its work — a politician who took great pride as … Continue reading »