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Commentary: Legislature passes, Governor signs major water bill

The Legislature passed a comprehensive water package in November that allows California to store and conserve water more effectively and restore the Sacramento- San Joaquin Delta – the heart of California’s water supply system.

Nightmare scenarios haunt states

California legislators spent the last year closing a $60 billion gap for the last two fiscal years. Already, though, legislative analysts predict the state will be short another $20 billion by June 2011. The bad news is expected to continue even after that, with gaps of roughly the same size persisting through at least 2015.

New Assembly leader faces enormous challenges

As the state heads into another year of staggering budget deficits and difficult decisions - and because term limits have seriously diluted the Assembly leader's power - some are asking why John Pérez even wanted the job.