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 Defense to begin questioning "hostile witness" in Colonies corruption case
Inland Daily Bulletin - Feb. 20, 7:30 pm
Defense attorneys in the Colonies corruption trial will begin their examination Tuesday of witness Matt Brown, the former chief of staff for defendant Paul Biane whose testimony thus far has been frosty toward prosecutors.Brown, now the county ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Paul Biane, Jeff Burum, Jim Erwin, Mark Kirk, Gary Ovitt, Bill Postmus,

 Lobbyist faces fines for inviting LA mayor, City Council members to 50th birthday party
L.A. Daily News - Feb. 20, 7:15 pm
An influential lobbyist at City Hall is facing an $11,380 fine after he invited city officials to celebrate his 50th birthday at a downtown Los Angeles restaurant two years ago.John Ek, who first registered as a lobbyist at City Hall in 1995, spent ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, Curren Price, Richard Riordan,

 Local governments can create blueprint for more housing
Sacramento Bee / Opinion - Feb. 20, 3:30 pm
Local elected leaders are acutely aware of the severity of California’s housing affordability crisis and our role in fashioning solutions. That’s why city leaders are actively involved in efforts to … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jim Beall,
Bills: SB 2, SB 3,

 Former LA Mayor Richard Riordan marries Harvard-Westlake admissions director
L.A. Daily News - Feb. 20, 3:00 pm
Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan tied the knot at St. James' Episcopal Church on Sunday.The 86-year-old businessman and philanthropist, who was mayor from 1993 until 2001, married Elizabeth Gregory, the head of admissions at Harvard-Westlake ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Richard Riordan,

 The gantlet facing aid to refugees
Sacramento Bee / Opinion - Feb. 20, 2:50 pm
I’m all for helping refugees who make it to California, after all the hardships and hurdles they have to overcome to escape war and persecution. Yet I suspect that state … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Tim Donnelly, Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature, Kevin McCarty, Adrin Nazarian,
Bills: AB 343, AB 349, AB 353,

 State funding cuts routinely hurt certain colleges more than others
The Hill / Politics Blog - Feb. 20, 1:00 pm
The National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) forecasts slow growth in state revenues across the U.S. through 2018. The prediction for further drought in state funding does not bode well for public colleges and universities — ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Legislative Analyst's Office,

 Stop dodging voters, Republicans
Sacramento Bee / Opinion - Feb. 20, 12:30 pm
Only about two weeks have passed since Rep. Tom McClintock scurried out of a town hall with angry constituents under a police escort. It wasn’t the Republican congressman’s finest hour, … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Jeff Denham, Darrell Issa, Tom McClintock, Barack Obama, Dana Rohrabacher, David Valadao,

 What's the next step to help Sacramento youths?
Sacramento Bee / Opinion - Feb. 20, 12:05 pm
It’s an easy call to use some leftover cash to boost youth programs, as the Sacramento City Council will have the chance to do Tuesday. The $595,500 plan would expand … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Jay Schenirer, Darrell Steinberg,

 Whittier police officer killed in shootout, suspect may be involved in separate homicide
Inland Daily Bulletin - Feb. 20, 11:17 am
WHITTIER >> One officer was killed and another injured in a shootout Monday with a 26-year-old suspected gang member who may have been involved in a separate homicide in East Los Angeles, authorities said. Whittier Police Chief Jeff Piper identified ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Janice Hahn,
Bills: AB 109,

 Ontario native founded Cal State San Bernardino, though few remember him
Inland Daily Bulletin - Feb. 20, 10:54 am
You'd think they'd put up a statue or name a school for a man credited with founding Cal State San Bernardino, making possible an important gas-saving freeway bypass, and trying to be one of the first smog-fighters in our area.But Stanford C. Shaw ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Air Resources Board, Legislature,
Bills: SB 4,

 Voting holidays. Soda labels. What other bills will be introduced before the deadline?
Sacramento Bee - Feb. 17, 6:00 am
Welcome to the AM Alert, your morning run-down on California policy and politics. To receive it regularly, please sign up here. When it comes to the Capitol, a deadline can … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Toni Atkins, Steve Glazer, Chris Holden, Jared Huffman, Doug LaMalfa, Marc Levine, Connie Leyva, Doris Matsui, Melissa Melendez, Bob Wieckowski,
Bills: AB 535, AB 542, AB 838, SB 300, SB 310, SB 343, SB 386,

 California bill calls for state-run healthcare system
Sacramento Bee - Feb. 17, 6:00 am
With the healthcare of millions of Californians at stake if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act, a state senator is introducing legislation Friday to establish a single-payer system. Under single-payer, … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Toni Atkins, California Nurses Association, Gray Davis, Sheila Kuehl, Ricardo Lara, Mark Leno, Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Bills: SB 2,

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