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Farmworker Overtime Bill Delayed

Aug 26, 2016
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Widely-watched, heavily-lobbied legislation that would allow California farm workers to receive overtime pay more quickly did not come up for a vote Thursday, as it was expected to. Ben Bradford reports from Sacramento that led to a renewed pledge that it will pass from the Assembly Speaker. When the Assembly adjourned and it became clear the bill would not come up, farm workers who’d rallied at the Capitol lined up outside Speaker Anthony Rendon’s door, until he came out. Rendon: "We did not...

CA Senate Considers Further Uber And Lyft Regulations

Feb 18, 2016
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft are facing the prospect of tighter regulation in California this year. At a hearing today, the companies got an earful from cab drivers and a state Senator. Ben Bradford reports from Sacramento. The rules governing ride-hailing services are new, and limited, compared to the many local regulations that govern taxi companies and which vary from city to city. Marco Soto of the Taxicab Paratransit Association of California said that’s more than unfair....

California Gov. Jerry Brown Calls For Fiscal Discipline In State Of The State Address

Jan 21, 2016
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

In his record 14 th State of the State address, California Gov. Jerry Brown urged continued fiscal restraint and warned of a pending economic slowdown that could stunt the state’s recovery from the Great Recession. In his speech at the state Capitol Thursday morning, the four-term governor called for preparation for a slowdown, increasing the state’s voter-approved Rainy Day Fund and continuing to pay down debts. “We live today in a world that is profoundly uncertain. What happens far away...

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Fresno Democratic Assemblyman Henry T. Perea has announced he is stepping down a year early. Perea who is termed out of office next year, says he will resign at the end of 2015. While he hasn’t publicly discussed his plans after leaving office, the LA Times is reporting that Perea is likely to take a job in public affairs with a private company. Perea had been considered the unofficial leader of moderate Democrats in Sacramento.

Megafires Don't Melt Opposition To California Fire Fee

Sep 17, 2015
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Rural Californians are reeling from yet another destructive fire season. But that doesn’t mean they now support a controversial fire fee imposed several years ago by legislative Democrats and Governor Jerry Brown. Chris Nichols reports from Sacramento. Bags stuffed with Betsy Miller’s family photos and quilting fabric sit ready to go in her Sierra foothills home. Miller and her husband, Les, are retirees who live in Amador County. The Butte Fire forced them to evacuate last week. Now, they’re...

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Last week was a rough one for California Governor Jerry Brown. For the first time in years, one of the his top legislative priorities suffered a defeat. SB350 would have c ut the fuel usage of California vehicles in half over the next 15 years, but it faced stiff opposition from oil companies and moderate Democrats in the Assembly. Ultimately the measure did move forward but not until Brown and Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leon removed the controversial fuels provision from the bill....

Rare Defeats For Brown As California Legislature Wraps Up

Sep 14, 2015

California Governor Jerry Brown has long appeared invincible, winning victory after victory in the Legislature and at the polls. Now, for the first time, Brown’s political armor has some chinks in it, as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento. By the time the California Legislature wrapped up for the year early Saturday morning it had handed Jerry Brown a string of defeats. Moderate Assembly Democrats blocked much of his climate change agenda after millions of dollars in negative oil industry...

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

It’s the last week of the legislative session, and as lawmakers rush to send bills to Governor Brown, one valley politician is at the center of the state's biggest political tug-of-war. At issue is the greenhouse gas reduction bill SB 350. It would cut the state's petroleum use in cars by half over the next 15 years. It would also set a 2050 deadline to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels. Despite the fact that Democrats control both the Senate and the Assembly, the...

Sanctuary Cities Draw Scrutiny In California

Jul 14, 2015
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The alleged murder of a San Francisco woman by an undocumented immigrant with a criminal history has revived a debate in the state Capitol over "sanctuary cities." Katie Orr reports from Sacramento. San Francisco is one of several California sanctuary cities which generally have a policy of not informing federal authorities about undocumented immigrants in their areas. The suspect had been in San Francisco custody in April, but was released. Republican State Senator Jeff Stone says sanctuary...

Ronald Reagan's Nuanced Legacy as California Governor

Jun 19, 2015

A statue of Ronald Reagan will be unveiled in the California state Capitol rotunda on Monday. It’s funded by private donations under a law signed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2012. Much has been said of Reagan’s legacy as president – but as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, his time as California governor often goes overlooked. Reagan in 1966 campaign video: “As of now, I am a candidate seeking the Republican nomination for governor.” Ronald Reagan ran for governor in 1966 on a conservative...

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