| Jul 6, 2012
| 4:34 PM
The state Senate voted to fund California's ambitious high-speed rail project on Friday, handing a major victory to Gov. Jerry Brown and the Obama administration.
The $8-billion legislation will fund the project's first stretch, covering 130 miles from...
| Oct 2, 2012
| 6:31 AM
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that strengthens the state constitution’s guarantee of a free public education by specifically banning all school fees related to educational activities.
Such fees already were against the law, based on...
| Jul 7, 2012
| 3:35 PM
Fifteen years after Burbank voters overwhelmingly passed a $112.5-million school bond, it appears they are ready for an encore.
A survey commissioned by Burbank Unified shows support for a proposed $110-million bond extension — which would fund...
| Jul 9, 2012
| 2:53 PM
"It's a jobs creator, and thank God we got it," Gov. Jerry Brown said of funding for high speed rail, narrowly approved by the Legislature last week. He and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood were at the Port of Oakland on Monday to take a victory...
| Jul 12, 2012
| 8:14 AM
When the California Legislature works, this is one example of how it works well.
But one big caveat: We're talking about functional versus dysfunctional, leadership versus ineptitude — a system that is running smoothly rather than broken.
| Mar 23, 2012
| 5:38 PM
Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) joined two other state lawmakers to introduce a measure that would begin the process of nullifying the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial decision that created “super PACs,” which have flooded unlimited...
| Aug 17, 2012
| 6:35 PM
In choosing to put a proposed $110-million bond extension to voters on March 5, Burbank Unified will face the challenge of getting out the vote for what is otherwise a snoozer of an election.
The district — under too much of a time crunch to get...
| Jan 12, 2012
| 3:20 PM
The chief executive of the state’s high-speed rail agency resigned Thursday amid growing criticism of the $98.5-billion bullet train project and declining public support for the proposal.
Roelof van Ark, 59, announced his departure in a major...
| Jun 4, 2012
| 9:49 AM
A strong majority of voters have turned against the project just as Gov. Jerry Brown is pressuring the Legislature to green-light the start of construction in the Central Valley later this year, a major step in the plan to connect Los Angeles and San...
| Jun 5, 2012
| 7:45 AM
With legal challenges to the California bullet train mounting, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday began circulating proposed legislation designed to significantly diminish the possibility that opponents could stop the project with an environmental lawsuit....
| Jan 20, 2012
| 3:12 PM
Just hours after delivering the state of the state address in Sacramento, Gov. Jerry Brown brought his message to Burbank Wednesday, meeting with several dozen local educators at Bret Harte Elementary School to discuss how his budget proposal would affect...
| Sep 4, 2012
| 11:01 AM
The state Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill to continue funding California's film and television tax credit.
The Senate vote last week was 32 to 2 in favor of extending two more years of funding for the tax credit. California sets aside $100...