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Ben & Jerry’s Want Franchise Owners to Sell #BlackLivesMatter Swag at Stores

On August 9, 2014, Mike Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael Brown robbed a local Ferguson convenience store shortly before his death. Then Brown smashed police officer Darren Wilson in the face and wrestled the officer for his … Continue reading ?

High marks for Jerry Brown in new poll

California voters are happier than ever with Gov. Jerry Brown and less concerned about the state budget than they have been in years, according to a new poll released Wednesday night.

California runs risk of financial relapse, ratings agency says

When Gov. Jerry Brown released his latest budget proposal earlier this month, he said California's finances were balanced but remain precarious.

Tom Steyer's green ambitions

Gov. Jerry Brown's inauguration speech this month was as green as the decor in the ornate Assembly chamber where he gave it. And it left Tom Steyer tickled pink. The philanthropist put millions into the 2014 elections, primarily through his NextGen Climate Action super PAC. His candidates...

The Contenders to Watch in the Fight for the California Democratic Party’s Soul

Many people expect Sen. Dianne Feinstein to join Sen. Barbara Boxer in retirement in 2018, the same year Gov. Jerry Brown will be termed out. The ensuing scramble for California’s top three seats could determine whether the state’s dominant...Show More Summary

The 10 Most Important Water Stories in 2014

Peter Gleick (Pacific Institute) and Carl Ganter (Circle of Blue) 1. The California Drought Becomes an Emergency California's multi-year drought grew dire enough in 2014 to prompt Governor Jerry Brown to declare a drought emergency in January. Show More Summary

Brown should bend on school bonds

SACRAMENTO — Since when did the state government chipping in to help build classrooms for kids become a bad thing? Since Jerry Brown returned as governor, that's when.

The tangle behind the UC funding spat

It looks like a classic game of budget chicken: Gov. Jerry Brown tells the University of California not to raise tuition again. When the regents vote to do it anyway, the governor threatens to withhold $120 million from UC's funding for next year unless the regents back down.

UC president, Gov. Brown to jointly review university finances

Gov. Jerry Brown and UC President Janet Napolitano, who have butted heads over proposed tuition increases, are expected to team up next week as a rare two-person committee to review the 10-campus system's spending patterns, graduation rates and pension costs and to evaluate the $3 billion...

Helicopter Parenting by the Govenor of California

We are on the brink of a "Yes Means Yes" revolution. In the fall, California governor Jerry Brown signed legislation requiring colleges in the state to adopt sexual assault policies demanding "affirmative, unambiguous, and conscious" consent throughout any sexual encounter. Show More Summary

California Governor’s Proposed Budget Would Halve Arts Funding

2 weeks agoArts : Hyperallergic

After a landmark year in California's state funding for the arts that saw support for the California Arts Council's boosted by $5 million, Governor Jerry Brown's proposed state budget for 2015–16 allocates just $1.1 million to the organization.

“California Crossroads Tour” Calls On Governor Jerry Brown To Ban Fracking

California Governor Jerry Brown recently proposed the most ambitious renewable energy targets in the US, but that does not mitigate his support for the controversial high-intensity oil extraction technique known as hydraulic fracturing...Show More Summary

Will California's New Energy Proposal Make a Difference?

How do we know what will really make a difference in the fight against climate change? As I reflected recently on Gov. Jerry Brown's bold new proposal -- that California run on 50 percent renewable energy within 15 years -- three responses...Show More Summary

The Pension Sink Is Gulping Billions in Tax Raises

By Steve Malanga, The Wall Street Journal California Gov. Jerry Brown sold a $6 billion tax increase to voters in 2012 by promising that nearly half of the money would go to bolster public schools. Critics argued that much of the new revenue would wind up in California’s severely underfunded teacher pension system. They were right.

The twisted saga behind California’s bullet train

2 weeks agoNews : The Newsroom

California’s long-awaited, long-debated, long-delayed high-speed rail system had its groundbreaking ceremony on Jan. 6. But it was nearly impossible, even with a backer like Gov. Jerry Brown in a state like California, to build a bullet train in the first place — and it’s still pretty much impossible anywhere else in America.

Gov. Brown calls special election for three vacant state Senate seats

2 weeks agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday called special elections for March 17 to fill three state Senate seats vacated because the members were elected to Congress in November. A runoff is scheduled for May 19 for seats in which no candidate wins a majority vote.

Legislative analysts have praise, warnings for California budget

2 weeks agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office issued a report Tuesday saying California's revenue could exceed Gov. Jerry Brown's projections by billions of dollars.

Will California's Energy Policy Become the World's Energy Policy?

California Governor Jerry Brown's inaugural address included three energy objectives for 2030. Given this state’s ability to make markets through its imposing economic and innovation strengths, here are my projections about what this will mean for California, electric utilities, Smart Grid vendors, and the world. read more

Critics accuse Gov. Jerry Brown of neglecting California's poor

2 weeks agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

When Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his latest budget proposal last week and the topic turned to Californians' financial struggles, he became uncharacteristically personal.

Brown's budget is a skinny, homely thing, but it's got brains

2 weeks agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Gov. Jerry Brown's new budget proposal is really boring. It's bare-bones — for a Democrat — and hardly bold. But mostly it's smart.

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