Gov. Jerry Brown

Brown signs bill toughening arson penalties

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation reinstating tougher penalties against those who start major fires — the day after an arrest was announced for the man believed to have ...

El Dorado students deconstruct debate

In the moments leading up to the showdown, the room buzzed with energy, anticipation and a little uncertainty. The live televised gubernatorial debate from Sacramento between Gov. ...

Numerous bills await governor’s signature

While most of the attention was drawn to cell phone kill switches and plastic bag bans in the final week of the legislative session in Sacramento, many other bills did and didn&rsq ...

Another View: A gas hike and the artful dodge

In Oliver Twist, the classic novel by Charles Dickens, the character Jack Dawkins, nicknamed the Artful Dodger, is the leader of a gang of children trained as pickpockets by old ma ...

Reader Input: Forget new tax; we pay enough

Lately, there has been talk of special interests placing an oil tax on the ballot in 2016. The Legislature has repeatedly introduced bills proposing an oil tax, but they never ma ...

Another View: State budget: In the black, but red flags

In early 1776, as tensions between the British Empire and the American colonies heated up, the North Carolina Provincial Congress formally asked John Adams of Boston his advice on ...

Another View: Big surprise: We’ll pay price for bad choices

As I watched the local news over the weekend, there was a story that kept popping up that truly shocked me. Apparently our leaders have now come to the realization that “cap ...

Another View: Politics gives life to Dante’s 3rd deadly sin

Earlier this year as I began reading Dante’s Divine Comedy, the classic epic poem of his guided tour from the horrors of hell to the lights of heaven, three state senators we ...

Board voices water strategy

Placer County supervisors are sending a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown outlining the direction they would like to see a state water bond move toward. Board members voted to approve a ...

Reader Input: Build speedy aqueduct pronto

Brief and to-the-point memo to Gov. Jerry Brown: How about a high-speed aqueduct down from the states of Washington and Oregon to California instead of the high-speed train? A real ...