Monthly Archives: January 2012

Think Long Opts to Think Longer. Advantage Brown?

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It seems safe to say that Governor Jerry Brown and billionaire investor Nicolas Berggruen are unlikely to have much in common. One lives on a private jet and is the scion of an international art collector, the other favors spartan … Continue reading »


Podcast: Rock the (Budget) Vote

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We’ve talked in years past about the state budget essentially being placed on the ballot, but rarely have the stakes been as high as they will be in 2012 — for either the state or the state’s chief executive. This … Continue reading »


Capitol Ponders Post-Redevelopment World

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Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg told reporters this morning that he’s not closing the door on pleas to postpone the dissolution of local redevelopment agencies. But let’s admit it: the door is on one of those automatic arms that … Continue reading »


Analyst Urges Legislators Think Hard on Brown's Tax Plans

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Governor Jerry Brown’s quest to have voters approve a multi-million dollar tax increase is key to his plan for balancing the state’s books. But might the uncertainty of winning that election force deep spending cuts now by officials who will … Continue reading »


The Supreme Question: Which Senate Districts for 2012?

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SAN FRANCISCO — Set aside the lengthy and complicated legal and constitutional points made Tuesday morning in oral arguments in front of the California Supreme Court and you come down to one basic question: will the maps of state Senate … Continue reading »


The Whip Snaps at High Speed Rail... and More

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For the man whose Central Valley hometown is supposed to be an anchor point in the first construction phase of high speed rail, Rep. Kevin McCarthy seems intent on doing everything he can do block the project. And given McCarthy … Continue reading »


Reporter's Notebook: Tax Talks, Supremes and Signatures

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We may complain that there’s no rest for the weary, but political junkies would be disappointed if the tasty morsels of news came to an end with the unveiling of a new state budget. Right? If your answer is yes, … Continue reading »


Podcast: The Early Show

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For a budget that most watchers thought wouldn’t hold many surprises — new and deep cuts, premised on taxes — perhaps the biggest surprise was the timing. A surprise to Governor Jerry Brown, too. This week’s Capital Notes Podcast takes … Continue reading »


Surprise! The New State Budget

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The unveiling of a governor’s state budget every January is an annual, and well rehearsed, ritual: budget decisions are made in late December, budget goes to the printer, gubernatorial staffers privately brief some stakeholder groups (some who leak to the … Continue reading »


Speaker Perez: Fix Water Bond. And More.

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As the Legislature returns to Sacramento, the leader of the lower house is sounding confident but cautious on some of the more challenging issues in year ahead. And so the headlines from an interview with Assembly Speaker John Perez in … Continue reading »