News Clips

Our running list of CA Fwd news coverage, alongside selected items on reform in California.

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Glazer wins easy victory over Bonilla in state Senate runoff

Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer won a surprisingly easy victory over fellow Democrat Concord Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla on Tuesday night in what had been a nasty, hard-fought contest for an East Bay state Senate seat. Read more

Analyst predicts California revenue will exceed revised budget estimate by $3 billion

The Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analyst has issued a far more optimistic view of California’s tax revenue picture than Gov. Jerry Brown, predicting the state next year will take in $3.1 billion more than the $113.3 billion the Brown administration estimated in its revised budget proposal last week. Read more

Poll: Large majority of Californians support water restrictions amid drought

Nearly two-thirds of Californians support mandatory water restrictions ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown amid the state’s historic drought, though many fear it will be hard to cut back and think farmers can do more to conserve, according to a new Field Poll. Read more

USDA allocates $21 million to help farmers, ranchers battle drought

A branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide $21 million to help farmers and ranchers in California and other states install new irrigation systems, plant cover crops and implement other water conservation practices, officials said Monday. Read more

State’s revenue will be healthy without Prop. 30 taxes, Gov. Jerry Brown’s finance department says

But tucked away on one of the final pages of the 104-page summary of the spending plan was a surprising revelation: Not only will the budget survive when Proposition 30's temporary taxes are phased out, but general fund revenues are also expected to continue climbing. Read more

Activists look to courts to weaken grip of California teachers union

Thwarted at the Capitol – and on the ballot – a coalition of advocates working to overhaul the state’s low-ranking public schools increasingly have turned to the courts in search of more favorable outcomes. Read more

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