Orange County Reporter
Tuesday, May 28, 2024
GUEST COLUMNS

Friday, May 24, 2024

When Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a much-revised 2024-25 state budget this month, he became visibly irritated when reporters pressed him about raising taxes to cover a $44.9 billion deficit, particularly the corporate tax hikes that left-leaning groups have suggested to avoid spending cuts in health, welfare and education programs.
Based on their line of questioning, California Supreme Court justices seemed to be reaching for a compromise as they heard oral arguments Tuesday in the long-running legal saga over whether gig workers should be considered independent contractors or employees.
Special interest groups spent more than $114 million to lobby California officials and legislators in the first quarter of this year, matching the pace last year when a record $480 million was spent to influence state policy decisions.
Few places in California are as unforgiving for driving an electric car as the remote and sparsely populated Imperial Valley.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Gov. Gavin Newsom faces a huge deficit this spring, and he has one especially big money-saving option that he's not using.
In January, the University of California Board of Regents broke the hearts of undocumented students by halting a proposal to allow them to work on campus. A few days later, David Alvarez had a plan. The Democratic assemblymember from Chula Vista huddled with student organizers and decided to draft a bill to compel the UC, as well as the community colleges and California State University, to do what the UC regents would not.

Friday, May 17, 2024

Just minutes after Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a revised state budget with billions of dollars in spending reductions on Friday, advocates for affected programs began showering reporters with statements of dismay.
Desperate for a way to help the tens of thousands of people living in tents, cars and RVs on California's streets, lawmakers are attempting to upend a key tenet of the state's homelessness policy.
For students struggling with the cost of college, Gov. Gavin Newsom has some bad news: there may be less financial aid this fall.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

The DeVillier v. Texas case highlights the need for government officials to act in good faith when dealing with citizens' constitutional rights, and the need for government lawyers to seek justice, not just convictions.

Monday, May 13, 2024

State utility regulators decided Thursday to let California's largest power providers stick their customers with a new monthly flat fee in exchange for a reduction in the overall price of electricity, a controversial change to the way that millions of households pay their utility bills with weighty implications for state climate change policy.

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

California's massive effort to shelter homeless residents during the COVID-19 pandemic was a success, according to a new report that says the effort changed the state's homeless services system for the better.

Monday, May 6, 2024

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