Between 1991 and 2010, California's governors granted pardons to 20 convicted criminals. Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown pardoned 21. On Monday, Brown pardoned 79 felons. Brown's use of pardons represents the larger shift in the criminal justice mindset he has overseen in the state -- higher rates ... More >>
On June 6, 2007, Rodrigo Caballero, a 16-year-old member of the Vario Lancas gang in Los Angeles, jumped out of a green Toyota and opened fire on three Val Verde gang rivals walking down the street. He missed two of his targets, but the third caught a non-fatal gunshot wound near the shoulder blade. ... More >>
Uh, that'd be us. And we're paying for it, too. The Bay Citizen this past weekend followed up on our series of scoops begun in February about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's rotten deal to sell prize California government buildings for an upfront payment, and then lease them back at exorbitant cost. ... More >>
Dave McElhattonIf you're a Bay Area native, Dave McElhatton reading the news is woven tightly into the DNA of your nostalgia, along with Charley & Humphrey, It's-Its, Zachary's Pizza, and earthquake stories. The news today that McElhatton has died hits locals hard. The brotherly, then fatherl ... More >>
Justice Ron GeorgeCalifornia Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George, who authored the opinion in the 2008 ruling that resulted in the short-lived legalization of same-sex marriage, has announced that he plans to step down at the end of this year.In a statement posted on the Supreme Court's web ... More >>
The state's quick budget fix of selling off public buildings is a horrible idea.
City College budget cuts complicate Hollywood ending for student bioengineers.
This ya gotta love. Conservative commentators are squealing with delight over a video Fox News managed to unearth that reveals California's Sen. Dianne Feinstein scrawled a note on her hand during a 1990 debate with former Republican Gov. Pete Wilson. Calbuzz reports that Feinstein's preferred bons ... More >>
Despite having been accused of deceptive business practices by the attorney general, former students, and ex-employees, Corinthian Colleges are getting millions in federal stimulus dollars.
Who, in the populist tradition, fight for the rights
How the nursing home industry, organized labor, John Burton, and Arnold Schwarzenegger are cooperating to guarantee giant health care corporations huge profits -- using billions of your dollars
There are well-connected companies. Then there's Bechtel.
The Chronicle should stop the dubious "news stories" and openly rail against a sales tax hike that hurts its major advertisers -- and slaughters the poor
WARNING: Gov. Davis' plan to use tobacco lawsuit money to fill a budget gap is dangerous to our financial health
A legislator's lighthearted write-your-own-law contest has led to a serious bill to protect animals and kids from antifreeze poisoning
A new law gives one more chance at freedom to abused women sent to prison for killing their batterers
Greedy out-of-state profiteers make easy targets, but the real villains of California's energy debacle are the ones under the state capitol dome.
A media chain buys a local television station. Employees worry. Oh, the horror.
State laws regulating vocational schools have been gutted. Disadvantaged students are paying the price.
Why giant corporations like PG&E bankrolled a juvenile crime initiative
Once-secret documents reveal the tobacco industry's battle to gut anti-smoking education in California. Former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown and former Gov. Pete Wilson helped.
Even with Proposition 209, there are proven ways to help minority kids get to college
A conversation with the makers of Blacks and Jews, a highlight of the 17th annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
As more prisons move to ban skin mags, California prisoners' rights lawyers turn a deaf ear to inmates' howls
With attacks on immigration and affirmative action, the GOP has fueled a new Latino political apparatus. But can the Democrats master the machinery?
Wives of San Quentin inmates protest politicians' efforts to restrict the Family Visitation program
Redefining hip hop with Spearhead, Ben Harper, and Aceyalone