By George Skelton | Los Angeles Times September 10, 2018 at 12:15 pm By George SkeltonLos Angeles Times Former President Obama didn’t mince words denouncing “the politics of division” during a South Africa speech in July. “The politics of fear and resentment and retrenchment [are] on the move” — not just in the United States, but all over the world, he asserted, adding: “People just make stuff up…. “We see it in the growth of state-sponsored propaganda. We see it in internet fabrications. We see it in the blurring of lines between news and entertainment. We see the utter loss of shame among political leaders when they’re caught in a lie and they just double down and they lie some more.” “You have to believe in facts,” Obama continued. “Without facts, there’s no basis for cooperation. If I say this is a podium and you say this is an elephant, it’s going to be hard for us to … [Read more...] about Skelton: USC political street fighters battle for civility in Trump era
By Matt Levin, CALmatters | PUBLISHED: August 20, 2018 at 11:25 am | UPDATED: August 20, 2018 at 11:30 am Two years from now, California voters may have a chance to touch the third rail of state politics. A coalition of good-government groups, social justice organizations, affordable housing advocates and teachers unions held press conferences across the state today announcing they had submitted signatures for a measure that would significantly increase property taxes on California businesses and generates tens of billions in revenue for local and state governments. If it qualifies for the 2020 ballot—which it likely will—it would mark the first time in decades that voters would have a chance to change a key provision in Proposition 13, the landmark 1978 ballot measure that placed stringent caps on California property taxes, making them some of the lowest in the country for both residential and commercial property. What would this initiative actually do? California … [Read more...] about Prop. 13 could be partly undone in 2020 – here’s what you should know
See how much California's gas tax will rise through 2020 Increases to California's gas tax were approved in 2017 and will continue for years. By Up Next × SHARE Increases to California's gas tax were approved in 2017 and will continue for years. By Capitol Alert The go-to source for news on California policy and politics Capitol Alert What happens to California road repairs if voters repeal the gas tax increase? By Caitlin Chen [email protected] LinkedIn Google+ Pinterest Reddit Print Order Reprint of this Story July 11, 2018 12:01 AM A November ballot measure to repeal California’s recent gas tax increase threatens road improvement and maintenance projects that receive funding through the tax. The initiative, which requires voter approval for any new gas tax increase, is retroactive to the beginning of 2017, effectively stopping the new fees created when lawmakers passed Senate Bill 1 last year. … [Read more...] about What happens to California road repairs if voters repeal the gas tax increase?
By Kevin Kelly | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: July 6, 2018 at 6:51 pm | UPDATED: July 6, 2018 at 10:25 pm San Mateo County has issued a press release saying it could lose about $100 million for critical road projects if California residents repeal a 12-cent gas tax increase in November. Such a vote would result in “the overall degradation of the road system,” said Jim Porter, the county’s public works director. “The roadway system is going to get increasingly poor because we don’t have the dollars to maintain the system.” The Road Repair and Accountability Act that implemented the 12-cent gas tax also also increased the tax on diesel to 20 cents a gallon and raised vehicle registration fees to between $25 and $175, depending on a vehicle’s value. It took effect in November and is expected to add an estimated $5.2 billion in annual revenue statewide for road and bridge repairs and mass transit expansions. But … [Read more...] about Gas tax repeal would halt some road repair work, San Mateo County officials say
By Jeff Horseman | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: June 28, 2018 at 4:26 pm | UPDATED: June 28, 2018 at 4:26 pm John Cox wouldn’t be the first underdog Republican to beat a heavily favored Democrat. Just look at who’s in the White House. But Cox’s path to California’s governor’s mansion relies on unforeseen events and what-ifs that are highly unlikely at best, say academic observers in sizing up Cox’s Nov. 6 matchup with Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom in the state’s gubernatorial race. The size of the hurdle is obvious in a wide array of numbers. In the June 5 primary, which featured 27 candidates on the ballot, Cox received 26 percent of the vote to Newsom’s 34 percent. What’s more, Republicans, with 25.1 percent of the state’s registered voters, are now the No. 3 party in California, trailing Democrats (44.4 percent) and those who choose not to declare a party (25.5 percent). “No one … [Read more...] about Gov. John Cox? He’ll need gas — and maybe immigration — to beat Newsom