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Melissa Melendez says she will seek to replace Chad Mayes as Assembly Republican leader By Patrick McGreevy Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez said Thursday she will seek to replace Chad Mayes as Assembly Republican leader when the Legislature returns from summer recess Monday. Melendez said Mayes'...
By Liam Dillon Californians could vote on billions of dollars in new spending for low-income housing developments and water and parks improvements next year. Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers are considering five proposals that would finance new homes for low-income residents, build parks...
By Julie Cart and Laurel Rosenhall Against the sparkling backdrop of sailboats bobbing on San Francisco Bay, Gov. Jerry Brown last month signed a bill extending California’s cap-and-trade program, assuring that the most high-profile piece of the state’s fight against...
California has some of the highest taxes, if not the highest taxes, in the country. And they are soon set to go much higher with the poorly considered and newly imposed gas tax. What kind of state do we...
For decades California environmentalists have heaped regulation upon regulation prohibiting building and changing of the landscape of this once-great state. But now, they find they have regulated themselves into a corner while trying to build the high-speed rail line....
Water. It’s the key to our economic livelihood, our residential quality of life and our future. It’s the very thing that makes life on our planet possible. And although it makes up 71 percent of the earth’s surface, its...
By. Taryn Luna:[email protected] A commissioner of California’s political watchdog agency met secretly with a lawyer working for Senate Democrats while advocating for changes to campaign finance law that would help retain the Democrat’s supermajority in the state Senate, The Bee...
Last week, Judicial Watch, "a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation promoting transparency, accountability, and integrity in government" put California on notice that it is preparing to sue the state if it continues to be in violation of the National Voter...
California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Léon has been coy about his future political plans, but not bashful when it comes to raising money for a future campaign. That includes nearly $100,000 that flowed into his campaign account from...
Illegal immigrant families received nearly $1.3 billion in Los Angeles County welfare money during 2015 and 2016, nearly one-​quarter of the amount spent on the county’s entire needy population, according to data obtained by Fox News. The data was obtained...
California bullet train chief executive Jeff Morales announced in April that he would be leaving June 2, after five years running the nation’s largest infrastructure project. But in the four months since, the high speed rail board has not taken...
It began years ago under the faulty premise that government should be involved in American healthcare. It continued in 2010, in a colossal show of partisanship, when the Left unanimously forced government-run healthcare on all of us under the...
Recently, I wrote a commentary entitled, “When will tax-paying voters learn?” wherein I cited the insanity of the reckless, insatiable appetites and lies of California’s Left dominated legislature. Too many among us voters fall for tax bill feel-good titles and...
California’s high-speed rail backers suffered a legal setback Wednesday when a U.S. appeals court dismissed as merely advisory a federal board’s decision declaring the project immune from the state’s environmental laws. Opponents of the bullet train, which is planned to...
California Democrats made it clear where their values lie and they're certainly not looking out for the best interests and safety of California's citizens. The California State Assembly Judiciary Committee--run by Democrats--approved SB-54, commonly known as the “sanctuary state” bill....
Predictably, mere days after the deranged Leftist deliberately targeted and shot three Republicans and two Capitol Police officers on a Virginia baseball diamond, the Left clamored for more gun control. But would stricter gun control have stopped the Alexandria shooter...
Almost invariably, taxpaying voters fall for the same old lies. It’s a mystery. Our bureaucrats lie to us, and we take it in the wallet every time, yet the liars remain in office. While many of us are not fooled,...
It’s becoming epidemic. It seems almost each week another police officer is killed. The sound of bagpipes seems omnipresent as, one by one, the brave men and women who wake up each morning, don their blue uniforms and hit the...
There is no denying our roads need help. Gov. Jerry Brown admitted as much two years ago in his “State of the State” address when he acknowledged the state was $59 billion in arrears in road construction and maintenance. Last week...
A lot of hay was made about U.S. Representative Steve Knight’s town hall meeting on March 4. Apparently the pessimistic views were: the meeting wasn’t for the right reasons (he had to be “cajoled” and guilted”); it wasn’t the right...
California has always been a battleground for water. From Central Valley farmers to thirsty Southern Californians, our state is full of folks vying for their share of our most precious resource. Back in the state’s infancy, our leaders recognized this...
t’s never been more evident how spectacularly out of touch with everyday Californians the Democrats in Sacramento are these days. Case in point: the issue of “sanctuary cities.” Across the entire political spectrum, most Californians strongly oppose “sanctuary city” policies. Yet...
Christmas is a time to gather with friends and family. It’s a time to give thanks for all the year’s blessings and to look to the future with renewed faith and hope. For the past 33 years, Vanessa and I...
I’ve spent my life, along with my husband, raising our two beautiful children. As any mother knows, a household is not a dictatorship, as much as it might seem easier at times to run it that way. In practical application,...
Every day on social media, I’m asked to defend my decision to vote (or not vote) in this election. Depending on who is asking my tone may differ, but the essence of my answer remains constant: I believe voting...
Before I start into my column, I first want to add my voice to the chorus of support and thanks to the countless number of firefighters, police officers, USFS officials and other first-responders who once again put their lives...
Although California is known for its sunshine, its Legislature fails to live up to the reputation when it comes to having a transparent legislative process. Sacramento has been hijacked by political elites and special interests. Their governing model is an...
We often talk about how important democracy is because all are allowed to have their voices heard and concerns taken seriously. It is the essence of a just and caring society to listen to problems and make certain they are...
In previous columns I wrote about how 2016 was going to be an election year like no other and unlike my presidential prognostications, my predictions of 2016 continue to ring true. Locally, we had a significant shake-up with Senator Runner’s...
If I had an opportunity to travel in time, I wouldn’t mind going back to 2008 and voting twice against Proposition 1A, the High Speed Rail Project. Luckily for me — and you — another bite at the apple...
Well, so far the 2016 political season is living up to the hype. Let’s just hope the Super Bowl does the same! The Iowa caucus delivered on both sides with the Democrat and Republican front-runners each ending up as the...
Last month I had the pleasure of welcoming several of my colleagues from the state Assembly to the Santa Clarita Valley for a film and television tour. From the set of NBC’s new show “The Player” at Santa Clarita Studios...
The media spends a great deal of time and resources covering the actions happening in Washington, D.C. However, when it comes to the air we breathe, the water we drink, the roads we drive on and the education our children...
With the Legislature adjourned for the year, we can now focus our attention to Gov. Jerry Brown and the roughly 1,000 bills sitting on his desk. Like any year, many good bills should be signed, as was Santa Clarita Valley...
It is no secret that California’s current drought has impacted all of us. From public service announcements telling you to let your lawn go brown to proposed fines of $10,000 for violating water restrictions, the message to conserve is...
When California passed AB 32, the so-called “Global Warming Solutions Act,” in 2006, it was praised as first-of-its-kind legislation, a model that the world would follow. That has not happened. The Global Warming Solutions Act established a cap-and-trade program in California....
In the next few months, more than 800,000 California homeowners, including residents of some areas in unincorporated Santa Clarita Valley, will get a bill in the mail requiring them to pay a state fee for fire prevention and safety...
Ok, I admit it….there was a time when I thought the High-Speed Rail project was a good idea. In fact, I had even testified before the Rail Authority in support of a route that took the train through...
Since leaving the Legislature two year ago, I have spent my time looking forward and focused on the future, but recent events in our community forced me to look back at decisions made in Sacramento that I knew would...
California is home to world class universities and technology giants such as Amgen, Google and Facebook. But our most famous industry that we export throughout the globe is television and film. The film industry provides more than 190,000 direct jobs...
“Politics ain’t beanbag” is the famous statement of Mr. Dooley, an Irish-American character of writer Finley Peter Dunne, and it’s as applicable today as it was in 1895 when it was written. This year alone, from Santa Clarita to Washington...
When legislation to mandate ski helmets for minors was introduced, many were up in arms at the thought of yet another piece of nanny-state legislation. And Gov. Jerry Brown agreed. In his veto message, he rightly stated, “Not every...
In recent years, our community has gone to great lengths to reduce chloride levels in the water we send downstream into Ventura County. First, we banned the installation of new salt-based water softeners, and then we approved a measure...
In recent weeks, Santa Clarita has been the focus of national news stories over the comments of City Councilman Bob Kellar. I have known Kellar for more than a dozen years and spent six years serving with him on...
As California navigates through another tough budget year, the Legislature must make difficult decisions that are responsible and get our economy back on track. At a recent town hall meeting that I co-hosted in Santa Clarita with Sen. George Runner,...
Next month, California will recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Unfortunately, we will also recognize the disastrous impacts that recent budget cuts have had on domestic violence centers here in the Santa Clarita Valley, and throughout California. To date,...
Recently, the Legislature completed the traditional "House of Origin" deadline, during which literally hundreds of bills are voted on over a five-day period. It amazes me that in a time when our focus should be on solving California's budget mess,...
Before the passage of the largest tax increase in the state's history last February, Californians already shouldered some of the highest tax burdens in the nation. Now, in the wake of increased sales, car, and income taxes, we are being...
Throughout my time in the Legislature, I have worked closely with my colleagues - both Republicans and Democrats - in an effort to stem the flow of runaway film production that takes so many jobs out of our community. Year...
Last week, the state's Employment Development Department released data showing that California's unemployment rate stood at 9.3 percent for the month of December - our highest in almost 15 years. Unemployment is up almost a full percentage point from November,...

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