Monthly Archives: December 2011

Podcast: Adios 2011

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A new governor. Sort of. The long saga over a special election, never to be. Trigger cuts. The single sales factor. And more. This week’s Capital Notes Podcast is our final look at the year in California politics and public … Continue reading »


California Supremes Rule, Redevelopment is History

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In a ruling that is no doubt sending shock waves through city halls across California, the state Supreme Court has ruled that only half of a state budget proposal diverting redevelopment dollars is legal. That split decision means that more … Continue reading »


Brown Interview: Pensive, Upbeat, More Latin

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Governor Jerry Brown may be reviving the so-called “dead language” of Latin, at least in its application to California politics. In a brief one-on-one interview after his Tuesday news conference, Brown took the long view on pensions, offered a succinct … Continue reading »


Podcast: The Political Pros

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While we political reporters like to think we live and breathe the goings-on under the state Capitol dome and on the campaign trail, we’ve got nothing on political consultants and strategists. And so this pre-Christmas edition of the Capital Notes … Continue reading »


The Frenzy Over ProPublica's Redistricting Report

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It should come as little surprise that California’s political class is all abuzz over a new and lengthy report on the state’s first ever independent redistricting process, one that describes in great detail private machinations apparently employed to help influence … Continue reading »


The 2012 Battle Over High Speed Rail

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It’s hardly hyperbole to suggest that 2012 will be the make-or-break year for California’s long standing plans to construct a high speed train system. As supporters push forward on plans to break ground on construction by year’s end, critics are … Continue reading »


Podcast: Trigger Blues

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Chances are when you sing one the holiday season’s most familiar songs, it doesn’t start out this way: “On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, $980 million in budget cuts.” And yet on the first … Continue reading »


Room for Two Tax Initiatives? Burton Thinks So

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NOTE: This posting has been modified to reflect that the proposed initiative only guarantees one-third of the oil tax revenue for higher education. The bulk of the revenues would be deposited back into the state’s general fund. One thing that’s … Continue reading »


Brown Announces Some, Not All, Budget Trigger Cuts

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California’s Latin-fluent governor, as he likes to do, invoked the ancient language when asked what he would say to millions of the state’s citizens impacted by about $1 billion in automatic, and immediate, budget cuts. “Nemo dat non habet,” said … Continue reading »


Brown May Have Found Tax Sweet Spot, Says Poll

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A new statewide poll suggests Governor Jerry Brown may very well start out his initiative campaign to raise taxes with a bit of a tailwind, though it offers clues on how that breeze could still switch directions. First, the headline … Continue reading »