Monday, November 30, 2015
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Graphic of wildfires in recent California history. Los Angeles Times 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown’s Link Between Climate Change And Wildfires Is Unsupported, Fire Experts Say

It is easier to make a political case for change using immediate and local threats, rather than those on a global scale, especially given the subtleties of climate change research, which features probabilities subject to wide margins of error and contradiction by other findings.

November 2, 2015
Valley fire in Northern California grows to 61,000 acres and is 5% contained

3 Major Fires Burn Out Of Control In California; Governor Warns ‘There Is More To Come’

“The fires are acting more aggressively, more unpredictably,” he said. “It’s scary stuff. … We are really in a battle with Mother Nature, and nature is more powerful than we are.”

September 15, 2015
Firefighter lights a backfire while battling the Butte fire near San Andreas

Thousands Evacuated As California Wildfires Sweep On

Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Sunday in Northern California areas hit by a fast-expanding wildfire that injured four firefighters and forced thousands of people to evacuate.

September 13, 2015
Los Angeles county firefighters battle wild land fire call the Pine Fire in Wrightwood, California

Firefighter Dies Battling Northern California Wildfire

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Friday for Northern California counties hit by wildfires.

August 1, 2015
California, American Lung Association, Air Quality, Smog, Pollution, Environment, Health, Drought, Automobiles, Asthma

California Climate Plan Has Inland Condemning Coastal Elitism

“Families losing their jobs cannot afford solar panels on their homes when they can no longer afford their homes because they have no job.”

June 23, 2015
Energy, Environment, Lifestyle, Water, California, Wealthy, Drought, Jerry Brown

California’s Wealthy Lagging In Water Conservation

When on average, wealthier neighborhoods consume three times more water than less affluent ones, drought-afflicted Californians look to enforce water conservation edicts.

April 8, 2015
San Quentin, Prisons, Infrastructure, California, Jerry Brown, Death Penalty, Incarceration

As Death Row Runs Out Of Room, California Governor Covets Space Left By The Newly Sprung

California prisons are running out of room to house the condemned men it said it would kill but has yet to.

April 6, 2015
California drought.. Uvas Reservoir, Santa Clara County

California Gov. Brown Orders Cities To Cut Water Use By 25 Percent Due To Long Drought

The directive comes as one of the most severe modern droughts drags into a fourth year.

April 2, 2015
California, Climate Change, Drought, Environment, Global Warming, Megadrought, National News, Scientific Study, U.S. Southwest, World News, Memo Pad

California’s Governor Brown, Lawmakers Plan Short- And Long-Term Strategy On Drought

Learn more about California’s $1 billion drought plan.

March 20, 2015
California Flag

Jerry Brown Plans Final Touches On Legacy As California Governor

Find out what’s next for California’s longest-serving governor.

November 6, 2014
California Flag

California Orders Quarantine For Workers Who Had Contact With Ebola

Is this strict new measure warranted?

October 30, 2014
Jerry Brown Oakland rally

Unions Remain A Crucial Backer Of California Governor’s Campaign

Labor politics are alive and well in the Golden State.

October 29, 2014
AFP Photo/Michel Comte

California Bans Paparazzi Drones

California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed legislative bills to protect privacy, including bans against “revenge porn” and the use of drones to take photos of celebrities.

October 1, 2014
Jerry Brown Oakland rally

California Gov. Brown Declares State Of Emergency As Wildfires Rage

The three fires combined have burned almost 100,000 acres.

September 18, 2014
California drought

Sweeping New California Groundwater Pumping Rules Signed Into Law

California will regulate its groundwater for the first time.

September 17, 2014
plastic bags

California To Be First U.S. State To Ban Plastic Bags

Los Angeles (AFP) — California governor Jerry Brown said he will approve a ban on single-use plastic bags, in what would make the western U.S. state the first to outlaw them. Lawmakers passed the bill late last Friday, and it now only requires Brown’s signature to pass into law. The governor must do so before […]

September 5, 2014

Neel Kashkari Faces 20-point Deficit Leading Up To Debate With California Gov. Jerry Brown

By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times After months of struggling to disrupt California Gov. Jerry Brown’s widely presumed glide to re-election, Republican Neel Kashkari will have a chance to shift the dynamics of the lopsided contest Thursday in the candidates’ first and only debate. The televised one-hour encounter in Sacramento gives the novice Laguna Beach […]

September 4, 2014

Protesters, Lawmakers Criticize Mexico’s Handling Of Marine Case

By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Demonstrators, including a Republican lawmaker, gathered outside the historic Leland Stanford Mansion in Sacramento on Tuesday to protest the jailing of a U.S. Marine in Mexico. Gov. Jerry Brown is hosting a luncheon for Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the mansion, part of Pena’s two-day […]

August 26, 2014
Neel Kashkari

California Gubernatorial Candidate Trying To Push Beyond GOP’s Traditional Boundaries

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — On a recent sunny Sunday in South Los Angeles, worshipers gathered in a wood-beam Pentecostal church to sing and offer testimonials of faith. In the middle of the African-American congregation, swaying during the hymns and dropping money into the collection basket, stood Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate […]

August 13, 2014
border patrol

Mexico, California Question Texas Border Troop Plan

Mexico City (AFP) – Mexico’s foreign minister and the visiting governor of California questioned Monday plans by Texas to deploy troops to stem the flow of immigrant children, saying they need humanitarian aid instead. Governor Jerry Brown, on a visit focused on boosting trade with California’s southern neighbor, said the Texas plan must be a […]

July 29, 2014
Jerry Brown Oakland rally

Beneath Jerry Brown’s High Ratings, California Voters Have Reservations

By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California voters overwhelmingly embraced Democratic Governor Jerry Brown over his Republican rivals in the June primary, but he has failed to win them over on some of the state’s most pressing issues. Brown’s handling of state prisons, efforts to address poverty and his response to California’s […]

June 10, 2014
NY Supreme Court

Supreme Court Leaves California In Charge Of Disabled Inmates

By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court turned down a states’ rights appeal from California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday, leaving in place a judge’s order that requires state officials to monitor each of about 2,000 disabled prisoners who are held in county jails. Without comment, the justices refused […]

June 9, 2014
climate change

‘Humanity Is On A Collision Course With Nature,” California Governor Says

By David Siders, The Sacramento Bee California Gov. Jerry Brown, blaming climate change for the increasing prevalence of wildfires in California, said Sunday that “humanity is on a collision course with nature.” “The state’s climate appears to be changing,” Brown said on ABC’s “This Week.” “The scientists tell us that definitely. So we’ve got to gear […]

May 19, 2014
Save Our Unions by Steve Early

Weekend Reader: ‘Save Our Unions: Dispatches From A Movement In Distress’

Today the Weekend Reader brings you Save Our Unions: Dispatches from a Movement in Distress, by labor journalist and union representative Steve Early. Early gives a voice to union workers who are losing funding and collective bargaining rights in the name of big business and elected leaders’ political gains. The decline of unions in the U.S. is a […]

May 17, 2014
Department of Education

Californians Strongly Support Common Core

By Sharon Noguchi, San Jose Mercury News SAN JOSE, Calif. — Unlike the political uproar and division elsewhere in the country over revamping public-school curriculum, Californians across party lines overwhelmingly support the new standards for education, a survey released Wednesday revealed. The educational standards known as Common Core — adopted by nearly every state — revise […]

April 25, 2014
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