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December 8, 2017 – New & Notes

Capital News & Notes For Clients & Friends of The Gualco Group, Inc. IN THIS ISSUE –  “Down to the Last Couple of Dollars” LEGISLATURE Atkins Selected First Woman State Senate Leader Labor Activist Wins LA Assembly Seat in Liberal v. Liberal Contest Sexual Harassment Charges May Slow Legislature’s Pace CALIFORNIA TRENDING Cap-and-Trade Irony: Too

By | 2017-12-13T10:34:49+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Air Quality|

December 1, 2017 – News & Notes

IN THIS ISSUE – “There Are Rapists In The Building”   SEXUAL HARASSMENT @ STATE CAPITOL “Whisper Network” Goes Public: Legislators Hear Sexual Harassment Horror Stories POLITICS & REVENUE & RESOURCES New Poll Shows Governor’s Race Unexpectedly Tight; US Senate Contest Not So Much Governor Readies 2018-19 State Financial Plan – Sunny Today, Storm Clouds

By | 2017-12-04T16:42:59+00:00 December 4th, 2017|Air Quality|

November 17, 2017 – News & Notes

IN THIS ISSUE –  Answering “The Jerry Question”   GOVERNOR’S LEGACY RISING Voters Tell Gov Candidates “Keep Doing What Jerry Is Doing” Brown’s Green Energy Goal A Decade Ahead of Schedule But His Green State Buildings Prove Costly Governor to Anti-Frackers: “Let’s Put You in the Ground” LEGISLATIVE 2018 RAMPS UP Latino Legislators Shift Climate

By | 2017-11-20T14:49:18+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Air Quality|

Ballot Initiatives Aiding Local Development

Once heralded as a vital check on corporate influence over government, California’s ballot initiative system — which allows residents to propose laws and approve them by popular vote — has been used to sharply cut property taxes and to enact the country’s first medical marijuana law. But these days, developers are using the process for

By | 2016-06-10T11:47:04+00:00 June 10th, 2016|Air Quality|

Republicans Shut Out of 14 Races

Voters sorted through an array of candidates, in some cases choosing from half a dozen or more, to set the stage for matchups in November. With 26 seats up for grabs this election cycle, interest groups stepped up spending in hopes of influencing the competitive landscape. Outside groups including oil companies, education advocates, unions and

By | 2016-06-10T11:38:42+00:00 June 10th, 2016|Air Quality|

Independent Expenditures “Permeate” Legislative Primary

Millions of special interest group dollars permeated California legislative races ahead of Tuesday’s primary election, prefiguring general election battle lines. Realtors, apartment interests and dentists joined the energy industry and education groups – both charter school advocates and organizations that have fought teachers unions over teacher employment policies – in opening their wallets. In many

By | 2016-06-10T11:37:42+00:00 June 10th, 2016|Air Quality|

Voters Generous With Local Bond Measures

California voters were in an expansive mood this week when it came to local tax and bond measures. Michael Coleman, who operates a website devoted to local government and school finances, reported Wednesday that at least 70 of the 89 tax and bond measures were passed, with several others too close to call as votes

By | 2016-06-10T11:35:55+00:00 June 10th, 2016|Air Quality|

Governor, Dem Leaders Agree on $122-Billion Spending for 2016-17; Republicans Call It “Broken” Budget

Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature have reached agreement on a budget for the coming fiscal year that repeals a long-criticized rule limiting welfare payments for people who have more children, as well as making an optional $2 billion deposit into the state’s rainy-day reserve. The $122.2 billion general fund pact includes $100 million more

By | 2016-06-10T11:34:51+00:00 June 10th, 2016|Air Quality|

Legislators May Reform Powerful State Agencies

As state legislators plowed through hundreds of bills and began fashioning a final state budget last week, a strong theme emerged – unhappiness with some powerful state agencies and an appetite for reform. Most interestingly, the sentiments were not particularly partisan, and in some cases were very bipartisan. The targets of legislative disdain included the

By | 2016-06-10T11:33:09+00:00 June 10th, 2016|Air Quality|

Legislator Authors Ransomware Bill, Gets Hacked

A day after the state Senate approved legislation outlawing ransomware, the bill author’s website was hit. In a tweet Thursday, Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, showed a screen shot of his hijacked Senate website. “All of our shared drive files have been encrypted with software typically used in ransomware attacks,” Hertzberg spokesman Andrew LaMar wrote

By | 2016-06-10T11:31:57+00:00 June 10th, 2016|Air Quality|