To many Californians, perhaps the only thing more outrageous than the idea of Nevada dumping hundreds of mentally ill patients into the Golden State is the idea that Nevada's Governor would have the audacity to deny it. But last week, Gov. Brian Sandoval did just that, acknowledging no more than o ... More >>
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval says indeed his state did improperly discharge one mentally ill patient from a state-run hospital, but no more than that -- and it was accidental. According to Reuters, the republican governor defended his state, and denied accusations that Nevada had been busing hundred ... More >>
For 18 years, a federal court has overseen the California state prison system's mental health care. This week, the state is making its case: conditions for mentally ill prisoners have improved enough for California to regain control of its facilities. A good chunk of the state's evidence lies in a ... More >>
When we reported on the Oakland Soldiers summer league basketball team for our June feature, Swoosh Dreams, its best player, Aaron Gordon, was sidelined with a broken foot. It's second best player, Jabari Bird, was also out with an injury. So when the Soldiers took the court against the Houston Ho ... More >>
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 >>
Assembly Bill 1270, passed by both chambers of the state legislature, would have allowed journalists to set up interviews with specific inmates in state prisons. Eight times over the past two decades a similar bill had passed through to the governor's desk, and all eight times it was vetoed.The stre ... More >>
There are so many reasons not to live in the far-flung communities of the Central Valley -- bad schools, bad husbands, and really bad credit. Oh, and those uninvited cougars -- there's another reason. Turlock resident Tami Mendonca was doing some yard work at her home on Sunday morning when she hear ... More >>
It's that time of year: The Golden State Warriors are making a top-10 draft pick, tourists are under-dressed for the coastal breezes, and high-schoolers are being barred from graduation ceremonies because of senior pranks.This week, 51 seniors at Heritage High in Brentwood and 30 more at McClatchy H ... More >>
Much to our surprise, a committee of California lawmakers today rejected a proposed bill that would have made it a felony for creepy teachers like James Hooker to date their students -- even if they are 18. Given the negative attention the Hooker case has received, we thought for sure this bill, aut ... More >>
Here's something that will give sports spectators something to really cheer about. A SoCal assemblyman is essentially asking for a statewide restraining order on violent sports fans, barring them from events so that the rest of us can watch our teams play without worrying about getting killed. As ... More >>
Union Pulls Plug on Medical Reform, Other Ballot Measures Starved For Cash; Legislature, Ammiano Last Hope for Reform NowNobody likes to celebrate with a loss, but for the medical marijuana movement, 2010 and the historic defeat of semi-legalization measure Proposition 19 already look like the go ... More >>
UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi is apparently sorry -- really, really sorry -- for the pepper-spraying of peaceful Occupy student protesters that set off a public-relations catastrophe last week. In an interview with the Sacramento Bee yesterday, Katehi said she had ordered campus police to interac ... More >>
Not On Our DimeMost everyone would expect Governor Jerry Brown to take sharp measures to ensure that the state's books are balanced in the coming year.But cutting back on food for the elderly? That seems draconian. According to the Sacramento Bee, Brown wants to seriously trim grants for the low- ... More >>
YSFPD's use-of-force trainer says this is the result of proper law enforcement techniqueolo County prosecutors are weighing wether to opt for a fourth trial of two West Sacramento brothers after separate juries failed to convict them three prior times on charges of resisting arrest and fighting a ... More >>
The face of things to comeThat's the conclusion of an interesting piece of commentary published today in The New Republic. Penned by former Sacramento Bee editorial page editor Peter Schrag, the article argues that California -- the favorite punching bag of bad-government critics who assail its p ... More >>
Close observers of the 2010 California Attorney General's race probably saw this one coming. With less than two weeks remaining until election day on Nov. 2, Republican activists are going to spend about $1 million blanketing the airwaves with commercials attacking San Francisco District Attorney Ka ... More >>
Ross HalfinTeslaFlames tore through a Sacramento apartment building last night, damaging a studio where the metal band Tesla recorded.Soundproofing in the recording studio, which was behind the apartment building, made it harder for crews to reach the attic, where the the three-alarm blaze had sp ... More >>
I repent!Willie Brown, who in 2001 deployed his friends, family, and hangers-on into what was commonly referred to as a "patronage army," is now helping the governor campaign against the classic patronage perk known as bloated pensions.At an event last week Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger billed as a ... More >>
Bill would make it easier to get away with thisRed light-runners are winning a battle to render camera evidence less incriminating in court, the Sacramento Bee's Dan Walters reports.Sen. Joe Simitian, who represents Palo Alto and San Jose commuters under the watch of the dozens of cameras mo ... More >>
Is that a $93,000 wink? Sen Leland Yee, who has been in a running battle with California State Stanislaus over its refusal to disclose the fee for a Sarah Palin speaking engagement, is trumpeting a blog that does just that. According to the Palingates website, the former Alaska governor and Repub ... More >>
Attorney General candidate and San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris' new TV ad boasting of high conviction rates "does not tell the whole story," the Sacramento Bee reports this morning.No kidding.SF Weekly's Peter Jamison reported May 5 on "an alarming decline in felony trial conviction ... More >>
Wheeee!McClatchy Newspapers Pension Investigation: More Local Government Accounts Looking As Red As Bankrupt Vallejo's; California's 80 Largest City and County Governments Face $28 Billion Shortfall.SF Weekly Follow: Failure is no obstacle to the pension good life: CalPers records show $197,421 ... More >>
Will Sen. Dianne Feinstein's shady water deal shoot down Dems' election chances? Take one part frozen orange juice concentrate, mix it with three parts water, and you have a delicious morning drink.Take one sleazy political juice deal, and mix it with rotten water policy, however, and California' ... More >>
Coming soon? Don't count on it. "Hetch Hetchy could go on ballot," declares a headline in today's Modesto Bee atop a story claiming the group Restore Hetch Hetchy is on the verge of putting a measure before San Francisco voters this November that, if successful, would lead to the destruction of O ... More >>
Those of us who grew up in the Bay Area learned well from Humphrey and Charley -- borrowing without asking is a stupid thing to do! And yet, the Great State of California is borrowing roughly $2 billion from its cities and yanking another $1.7 billion from redevelopment agencies.What this means f ... More >>
Posing as journalists, bloggers got paid to write positively about Mark Leno.
Three housekeepers and a day laborer take action against deadbeat employers who abuse immigrants
The party's leaders are putting their lack of ethics on display once again
Could there be a secret deal with Arnold on health care that will inflate union rolls?
Since the paper is called the Examiner, shouldn't it take a closer look at what's going up on its Web site, and pay for it?
The easy choice between a destitute Port Authority and acres of rotting piers, or a beautified waterfront with some hotel rooms
Why lawsuits filed by anti-abortion activists may be a blessing in disguise for the California stem cell institute
Week of Wednesday, June 8, 2005
The envelope, please ... and the Pulitzer goes to -- Environmental Defense!
The Environmental Defense Fund embarks on a national campaign to shame San Francisco into restoring the other great Yosemite valley, Hetch Hetchy. But is shame really a good political strategy?
Schwarzenegger budget policies are turning small cities and rural counties into post-apocalypse theme parks
Traditional media mislead the public about the war in Iraq as a media revolution makes traditional media increasingly irrelevant
Journalists are playing into the hands of George Bush when they unthinkingly insist that everything is different since Sept. 11
PG&E is doing to New England what greedy, polluting, out-of-state energy suppliers have done to PG&E and California
Sam of Son Unabomber victims sue to profit from their attacker's crimes