Hispanics in California are thought to have become an ethnic majority this year. The population's spending power is climbing and was a little more than 20 percent of the state's entire after-tax income in 2013, according to a new report by Partnership for a New American Economy, a group that advocates for immigration reform. Read more
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California Senate leader Kevin de León has eliminated a legislative staff unit that focused on government oversight, a creation of his predecessor, former Sen. Darrell Steinberg. Read more
There are two things very annoying about the deluges that have been drenching California. And neither involves nature. Both involve government. Read more
Some ideas offered to curb the partisan gridlock that envelops Congress involve changing how voters select the candidates who appear on the November general-election ballots. Read more
If an avalanche of citizen initiatives morphs the 2016 ballot pamphlet into an encyclopedia-size volume, blame it on California’s growing legion of nonvoters. November’s record-low turnout means it will be easier than ever to qualify a voter initiative for the ballot, and plenty of groups pushing a cause will probably take advantage. Read more
It’s sobering to consider how many things have changed since the last time so few votes were cast in the race for governor of California: The state’s population was 40 percent smaller. Donna Summer had the No. 1 song on the charts. Jerry Brown handily won re-election as governor. Read more