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Plan to close developmental center in Costa Mesa meets resistance

17 hours agoHealth : Booster Shots

Dozens voiced their opinions last week at a public hearing on the Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa to express both concern and support for a plan to close the state-owned facility. Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed transitioning developmentally disabled residents out of Fairview's...

New Initiative From Governor Jerry Brown Could Reform Sentencing In California, Cut Prison Terms

By Hadar Aviram, University of California, Hastings San Quentin State Prison in California, December 2015. REUTERS/Stephen Lam On January 27, California Governor Jerry Brown proposed a voter initiative to reform sentencing in the state. Show More Summary

Calif. Official Says Leaking Gas Well Might Be Sealed As Soon As Next Week

4 days agoNews : The Two-Way

An adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown says the well that has been leaking since October could be capped in days — sooner than the end-of-February target that had been set by the utility that owns the well.

Unlikely Super Bowl Stars From Timmy Smith to Larry Brown

Super Bowl history is filled with great performances from the biggest stars, such as Jerry Rice, Tom Brady and Emmitt Smith.

Top state legislators raise concern about electric grid expansion

California legislative leaders questioned Thursday a proposal to expand the electric grid to include one of the largest users of coal-fired power plants in the west. In a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Kevin de Leon and House Speaker Anthony Rendon said they were concerned about bringing...

Michael Irvin Comments on Why Cowboys, Jerry Jones Can Save Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel has had a tumultuous two years with Cleveland Browns, and it's possible the quarterback won't be back with the team in 2016, but former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin thinks owner and general manager JerryShow More Summary

Gov. Brown gives cities more time to restrict or ban pot farms

6 days agoHealth : Booster Shots

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday gave cities and counties more time to develop local regulations on the commercial growing of medical marijuana, amid concern that a March 1 deadline had many rushing to ban cultivation. Last year, Brown signed into law a system that will regulate, license and tax those...

BREAKING: Jerry Jones Has Already Text Messaged Johnny Manziel About Playing For the Cowboys

With word coming out earlier today that Johnny Manziel will be cut by the Cleveland Browns in March, it appears as though the door has opened up for the Dallas Cowboys to swoop in and acquire the former Heisman Trophy winner and 2014 first-round pick. Will the Cowboys take a chance on the troubled quarterback?  Judging […]

Democratic lawmakers, L.A. County board urge Gov. Brown to stand behind Coastal Commission chief

Elected officials in Sacramento and Los Angeles are urging Gov. Jerry Brown to weigh in on the fate of the embattled executive director of the California Coastal Commission, saying that his dismissal would jeopardize pending environmental protection efforts. A letter sent to Brown by 16 Democratic...

Old Brown tries to fix a young Brown's mistake

— Hang around long enough and you might see things turn full circle. People included. Like a comet, they come back around. Gov. Jerry Brown is a comet. He dominated the Capitol cosmos two generations ago, floated off and circled back. Now one of the major public policy issues of 40 years ago also...

Revamping the tax on healthcare plans proves tougher than Gov. Brown thought

Three weeks ago, Gov. Jerry Brown confidently predicted that the vexing question of how to extend a tax on healthcare plans in order to fund state medical coverage for the poor was well on its way to being solved. "We need the [managed care organization] tax now — this month," Brown said. "We’re...

Why does affluent Porter Ranch get more urgent environmental relief than working-class Boyle Heights?

Two Los Angeles communities. Two environmental nightmares. Two very different responses from Gov. Jerry Brown.At Porter Ranch, where a massive natural gas leak has forced thousands of affluent residents to relocate, Brown has declared a state of emergency, ordered public health reviews and visited...

Brown's parole plan would likely reduce prosecutors' plea-bargain leverage, experts say

Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to give more inmates a chance for early release would probably reduce prosecutors' leverage in negotiating plea bargains, legal experts said Thursday. But it remains far from clear that his proposed ballot measure would result in droves of inmates winning their freedom,...

More than $1 billion in cap-and-trade funds unspent as budget negotiations begin anew

When budget negotiations were in danger of stalling last year, Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers put off deciding how to spend more than $1 billion in funds collected from the auction of greenhouse gas pollution credits. At the time, Brown said he expected the differences between his proposal...

Essential Politics: Seismic shift in prison sentencing may go to voters

I’m Christina Bellantoni, today’s Essential Politics host. We saw action with just about every political faction Wednesday, starting with Gov. Jerry Brown’s major decision to propose California prison inmates convicted of nonviolent offenses be given a chance at early release. As John Myers explains...

Gov. Jerry Brown Is Trying To Reverse A Draconian Sentencing Law He Signed

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is asking voters to overturn a strict sentencing law he signed nearly 40 years ago because of its "unintended consequences," including a surge in the prison population. Brown, in a call with reportersShow More Summary

Gov. Brown to seek November ballot initiative to relax mandatory prison sentences

Almost four decades after he signed a law to require strict sentences for most serious crimes, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday will announce a November ballot initiative to change course and return California to a system where judges and parole boards have much more discretion. Brown will introduce...

Graduation rates are on the agenda as Cal State trustees meet in Long Beach

The message from Gov. Jerry Brown in his latest budget proposal could not have been more clear: Cal State schools are not graduating enough students within four years. To emphasis the point, his budget summary included a chart with four-year graduation rates for freshmen at each of the system’s...

What Gov. Brown's State of the State speech lacked: punch

2 weeks agoHealth : Booster Shots

Unlike other governors, if Jerry Brown had his druthers about the annual State of the State address, he'd probably just skip it. He doesn't appear to put much stock in the tradition — doesn't see it as a ripe opportunity to pitch pet projects, make a hard sell to the Legislature and public of his...

The Porter Ranch Gas Leak: Blame Gov. Jerry Brown

2 weeks agoNews : Truthdig

By Joshua Frank / CounterPunch If you think Donald Trump is a national disgrace, you haven’t been paying much attention to what’s been happening in California.

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