(LOS ANGELES) — Just three months after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger cut, taxed and line-item-vetoed away a two-year budget gap of $26 billion, California faces billions of dollars in new shortfalls, with the problem likely to deepen in the next fiscal year.
When Attorney General Jerry Brown, 71, became the last man standing in the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial field on Friday, the battle-scarred warrior with four decades in state politics pulled off a remarkable feat in California - home to an elbow-throwing pack of ambitious Democratic politicians.
California was the first state in the nation to be approved for billions of Recovery Act education funding aimed at preventing the need for laying off teachers, professors and other school employees – and to protect education funding and reform efforts in this difficult economic time.
Padlocked toilets are coming soon to California's once-fabled state parks. They will be joined by off-limits campgrounds, closed hiking trails and forbidden forests as the cash-poor state seeks to save $14.2 million by yanking away the welcome mat from its 278 parks.
Organized by Yes! on Equality and TruthandHope.org, in collaboration with Restore Equality 2010, the goal of the “Million for a Million” campaign is to raise the $1 million necessary to fund signature gathering.
"This is not an easy decision", comments Newsom. "But it is one made with the best intentions for my wife, my daughter, the residents of the city and county of San Francisco, and California Democrats."
SkyWest employee Gilbert Caldwell works at Palm Springs International Airport and married his partner of 34 years last year. SkyWest maintains a discriminatory travel benefits policy for gay and lesbian employees on SkyWest-operated Delta Connection flights that forces Caldwell to pay a fare for his spouse under a "companion" program designed for friends.
A new law in California attempts to crack down on paparazzi whose aggressive tactics might endanger their subjects, stoking a debate over whether individual privacy should take precedence over freedom of the press
Legislation to make California the first state to legalize marijuana for recreational use lit up a Capitol committee hearing Wednesday with three hours of lively but mellow debate. No joint consensus was reached.