January 26, 2011 |
A president's annual message to Congress often contains a laundry list of legislative proposals, an acknowledgement of the nation's challenges, and requisite appeals for bipartisan cooperation. More often than not, the presidential address drags on for the better part of an hour. But one single climactic line tends to reflect the moment in time, and it usually begins: "The state of our Union is ?" Sometimes it's a simple declaration, often just: "strong. " But presidents have often embellished, or taken a different course.
October 5, 2010
It's estimated that a third to a half of voters nationwide are expected to cast early ballots. Here's a rundown of when early voting begins by state: Already voting: Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming Week of Oct. 3 : Arizona, California, Indiana, Montana, Wisconsin Week of Oct. 10 : Illinois, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia Week of Oct. 17 ...
December 3, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO -- Putting that addition on your house is about to get more expensive. On Jan. 1, the state will require buyers of lumber and "engineered" wood products to pay a 1% assessment on the price of such building materials. Retailers and contractors will be required to collect the fee from customers and pass the money, estimated to raise $35 million in the 2013-14 fiscal year, to the state Board of Equalization. The assessment, passed into law as part of the current state budget act, is to fund programs in various state agencies charged with regulating timber harvests and preventing and fighting forest fires.
January 23, 2012
In 1993, Congress passed the Family and Medical Leave Act, which entitled employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in four situations: because of the birth of a child; when an employee adopts a child; when an employee must care for an ill relative; or when the employee himself has a "serious health condition. " Congress explicitly included public agencies in its definition of employer, but the state of Maryland has asked the Supreme Court to shield it from a suit filed by a state employee who was fired after he asserted his right to sick leave.
May 16, 1986
The latest California Poll shows large numbers of voters in both parties are undecided on the state controller's races to be decided in next month's primary. Among Democrats who had an opinion, state Sen. John Garamendi was favored by 24% of the voters, while Assemblyman Gray Davis was favored by 15% and Assemblyman Alister McAlister by 9%. But 52% of all registered Democrats were undecided. Among Republicans who had an opinion, state Sen.
June 3, 2012
Re "Park closures don't add up," Column, May 28 A couple of weeks ago, I led an interpretive walk in one of our state parks for a class of at-risk children. For many of them, this was their first trip to see the ocean. For all of them, it was their first walk in the backcountry, the place where nature still rules. It was a rewarding day for me and a worthwhile experience for them. Their eyes were as wide as saucers and their questions never stopped. Yet this is the type of experience that will disappear in California if Gov. Jerry Brown's penny wise and pound foolish park closure plan goes into effect.