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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Dear Senator Wilk, Last year, you sponsored Assembly Bill (AB) No. 772 that amended the Code of Civil Procedure, relating to unclaimed property. The existing law “required the Controller, within one year of receiving unclaimed property, to cause a...
By Edward Ring originally published for California Policy Center When speaking about pension burdens on California’s cities and counties, a perennial question is how much are the costs going to increase? In recent years, California’s biggest pension system, CalPERS, has...
SACRAMENTO – Senator Scott Wilk, R-Antelope Valley, issued the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown's 2018-19 Budget Proposal: “I thank Governor Brown for his commitment to building a strong budget reserve and will work with him to protect...
By. Patrick Gleason The Democratic Governors Association, in an attempt to attack Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) tweeted this week about how 33,000 people left Illinois for another state over the past year, continuing years of outmigration from the Land...
by. Caleb Lunetta MARIJUANA Among the new laws that will come into effect in 2018, Proposition 64, the approval by California voters in 2016 to permit the recreational use of marijuana, will begin taking full effect at the beginning of next...
The end of the year is upon us and we thought it would be a good time to review Santa Clarita's leadership in Sacramento. In the chart below, we outline how each of the representatives for Santa Clarita was...
By Larry Sand A new poll shows that teachers are politically divided, but union political spending is anything but. The results of a poll released last week by the Education Week Research Center reveal that teachers are evenly distributed across the...
By. HANK BERRIEN On Thursday, the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) released a new study by Drs. David Macpherson of Trinity University and William Even of Miami University that estimated California will lose 400,000 jobs by the time the $15 minimum...
Last week was one of the worst for wildfires in recent memory. The Santa Clarita Valley was spared this time around with little loss or damage to structures unlike the horrific images from the Thomas, Creek, and Skirball Fires....
By Laurel Rosenhall With sexual harassment and assault allegations ricocheting through the state Capitol, two female lobbyists say they soon faced the consequences of speaking out—a state senator who suddenly wanted to avoid meeting with them. A client of theirs relayed...
by Bob Loewen for California Policy Center When Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown enters his sixteenth year as governor of California this January, he will likely ask his magic mirror which is the bluest state of them all. The mirror...
By Larry Sand for California Policy Center Janus v AFSCME is due to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court early in 2018, with a decision announced in June. If the lawsuit is successful, no teacher or any public employee...
California labor leaders are in full panic mode over a pending Supreme Court case, Janus vs. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). This Illinois lawsuit challenges the rights of unions in 22 states, including California, to...
By Dan Walters for Cal Matters Jerry Brown, like most of humankind, is a mixture of positive and negative tendencies, and sometimes they run together. The governor is a very smart man with a remarkable and admirable ability to soak up...
By. A. Barton Hinkle Political experts have cited many reasons for Democrat Ralph Northam's huge win in Tuesday's elections. Credit has gone to the state's changing demographics. And to high voter turnout. And to loathing for Donald Trump, which helped...
BY ALEXEI KOSEFF Remove ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ as national anthem, California NAACP urges When California lawmakers return to the Capitol in January, the state chapter of the NAACP will be seeking their support for a campaign to remove “The Star-Spangled Banner”...
This week we honor the millions of men and women who throughout our nation’s history have sacrificed so much for the common good. To the Veterans and their families, my sincerest thank you. California’s state Capitol is home to some...
by Ed Ring published originally for California Policy Center As the ethnic composition of America changes from mostly white to a kaleidoscope of color within a generation, there is no better way to fracture society than to teach everyone to...
My name is Angela Bennett, and I have the honor of serving as the President, CEO of the SCV Pregnancy Center. We have been serving Santa Clarita families for over 30 years with comprehensive counseling services while providing relevant...
by Ed Ring originally publisher at California Policy Center Nobody argues that California’s roads need huge upgrades. But the solution didn’t require the $0.12 per gallon tax hike that goes into effect today. The root cause of these neglected roads...
By Sam Han and Will Swaim Home caregivers serving Medicaid patients in California are being shortchanged and, chances are they don’t even know it. Medicaid pays for elderly and disabled individuals who need support with activities of daily living to receive...
By. AWR Hawkins At the end of the latest legislation session Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill removing mandatory enhanced sentencing for criminals who use guns in the commission of their crimes. He did this at the same time that...
Fill your tank before the Democrats 12-cents a gallon tax hike takes effect. Tomorrow, courtesy of the legislative majority party, the price of gas goes up 12-cents a gallon and diesel goes up 20-cents a gallon in California. And there...
Halloween is a time for fun, but also a time for fear and terror. When my kids were young, my wife, Vanessa, and I always took them to Fright Fest at Magic Mountain. It gave the kids a good scare,...
By. Patrick McGreevy Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law Saturday that will remove the rights of school administrators to decide whether employees with concealed weapon permits can bring guns on campus. State law already prohibited civilians who are not school workers from bringing firearms onto campuses, but...
by. Drew Gregory Lynch Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, announced on Tuesday that the state Senate will hire outside firms to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct at the Capitol in Sacramento – allegations referenced in an...
By. Emily Zanotti California just became the first state in the union to officially recognize a third gender option, paving the way for "non-gender binary" to be included on most official state documents. Governor Jerry Brown signed SB179, the Gender Recognition...
By. Jacob Airey On Tuesday, October 3rd, the California State Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to address “Combatting Hate While Protecting the Constitution” (and yes, they did actually misspell the title) in Sacramento. While this meeting sounds important,...
By. Orange County Register Editorial Board One in five Californians live in poverty, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report. Using the Supplemental Poverty Measure, which accounts for regional cost-of-living, the average poverty rate in California from 2014 through 2016...
By Ruth Brown H2-no! Gatorade has been banned from insulting its main competitor — water — and fined $300,000 after it slandered nature’s sports drink in a video game, California’s Attorney General announced Thursday. AG Xavier Becerra sued the neon-colored beverage company...
The assertion of the Russians hacking the Democratic National Committee computers and attempted hacking of the Republican National Committee’s as well has been and is a hot topic. It’s said the RNC took preventatives actions and the DNC did...
Affordable housing has become the clarion call of progressives to combat the evil results of market capitalism. Almost weekly we see impassioned articles and editorials calling for an aggressive affordable housing plan for the SCV. Rising home and living...
By. Dan Walters / CALmatters It’s time for liberal Californians – and that appears to be most of us – to take a chill pill. Their bitter disdain for President Donald Trump – and by extension everyone who voted for him,...
By. Ron Nehring With liberal Democrats busy trying to turn California into some kind of progressive utopia, conservatives can often be heard talking about our state in dire terms, deriding it and openly discussing either leaving or rationalizing those who...
In a recent opinion piece published in The Signal entitled “Acosta, Wilk: don’t claim credit for improvements,” a group of engaged and concerned citizens politically attacked our state Assembly member and senator for their recent attendance at a groundbreaking...
By. Kenneth S. Alpern TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE--In my last CityWatch article, I reminded everyone that the need to create transportation/infrastructure for mobility, water, electricity, sewage, etc. is greater than ever … but our political polarization is getting in the way. And if...
By ALEXEI KOSEFF California Assembly Republicans on Thursday selected a new leader, days after a failed voteto overthrow the head of its caucus resulted in a compromise for an election to be held next week. Assemblyman Brian Dahle, R-Nubieber, is now leader...
By Sal Rodriguez Assemblyman Chad Mayes’ days as leader of Assembly Republicans could be numbered. After leading six other Republican Assembly members to vote with him for an extension of the state’s cap-and-trade program, Mayes appears to have succeeded in...
In 2008 California voters barely passed Proposition 1A, which established the High Speed Rail Project. In good faith, they trusted soon-to-be-governor Jerry Brown and other leaders were telling the truth when they said a High Speed Rail project would cost...
BY Jim Miller Senate Democrats have put forward another bill to boost the political prospects of embattled state Sen. Josh Newman, the target of a well-funded recall effort on the verge of qualifying for the ballot. The effort to oust Newman,...
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: @TarynLuna 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...
By. Phil Willon 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...
By. Tori Richards 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...

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