June 26, 2000 |
Ten years after California voters revolted against the imperial rule of famed Assembly Speaker Willie Brown and imposed the strictest term limits in the nation, a growing assortment of critics is arguing that the limits have hurt government and should be relaxed. From the League of Women Voters to the California Chamber of Commerce, an unusually broad spectrum of groups is calling for the change.
June 8, 2000 |
Gov. Gray Davis and U.S. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt are scheduled Friday to push forward a sweeping campaign to solve the state's most critical water problems. The two will announce a plan that would raise Shasta Dam to expand the state's largest reservoir and give government biologists more money and clout to save endangered fish.
June 3, 2000
California Gov. Gray Davis hosted colleagues from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border this week in Sacramento, discussing regional concerns about border crossings, the environment and the economy at the 19th Annual Border Governors Conference. Topics included visas for Mexican workers seeking to work as farm hands in the United States and recent incidents in Arizona in which ranchers have detained illegal immigrants trespassing on their land.
May 22, 2000 |
The news clips say Bob Hertzberg was sworn in as Assembly speaker April 13. But ask Hertzberg and he'll tell you he really didn't become speaker until May 9. That's the day he pulled together the biggest deal of the year in the Capitol. It's the day the Sherman Oaks Democrat first felt the power of the office--and passed a leadership test he easily could have avoided without anybody noticing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2000 |
Several key members of a state Senate committee said Wednesday that they will push for state oversight of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The Senate Education Committee postponed voting on a bill to place a monitor over the district, but Chairwoman Dede Alpert (D-Coronado) said that she would bring the measure back at a special meeting Wednesday and that she intends to vote for it. The delay will allow the bill's author, state Sen.
April 15, 2000 |
As he prepared to press a plan to significantly expand freeway and mass transit spending in California, Gov. Gray Davis sacked the embattled head of Caltrans late Friday, replacing him with a top official from the Chicago Transit Authority. Jeff Morales, executive vice president of the Chicago agency, will replace Department of Transportation Director Jose Medina, who gave up a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to take the administration post in December 1998.
April 13, 2000 |
The former head of a California state finance commission has been charged with evading $79,000 in federal income taxes, prosecutors said Wednesday. Gail Greer Lyle concealed her income in foreign bank accounts and ensured that no W-2s were prepared in her name for three years while serving as vice president and assistant treasurer of a Miami development company, the indictment charged.
April 10, 2000 |
A nonprofit foundation that state Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush created with insurance company contributions for earthquake research gave $500,000 to the Greater Sacramento Urban League after he joined the organization's board of directors.
March 16, 2000 |
It was a blast while the bash lasted. Then came the morning after, the cold reality and the sobering. The unfriendly stares and pointed scoldings. You got carried away, went too far. "I'd do it again," says Bill Jones. The California secretary of state misbehaved in the rudest way for a politician: He went back on his word. Jones had committed his support to the party establishment candidate, George W. Bush. Then he got intoxicated with John McCain.
February 29, 2000 |
Heading to the witness table to be quizzed by the Senate Rules Committee recently, Steve White, the state's inspector general, toted two bulging briefcases. State Sen. John Burton, the committee's chairman, asked if White was going to read everything in the cases to the panel, which was going to recommend whether his appointment by Gov. Gray Davis should be confirmed.