Gov. Jerry Brown

Reader input: Politicians have blood on hands

The recent murder of a beautiful girl isn’t San Francisco’s first or only murder by a released known violent criminal (who was also an illegal immigrant). In 2008, El S ...

Reader Input: Water is costly and necessary

California’s severe water shortage is a failure of leadership. When Jerry Brown first became governor 40 years ago, California should have been planning and building faciliti ...

Reader Input: Auburn Dam could save lives

In regards to James Coe’s letter, “How a drought saved Sacramento” (Reader Input, July 7), he is correct in that it saved Downtown and South Sacramento, but it di ...

Placer Water approves raised water-saving levels – with more on way

Placer County Water Agency’s conservation benchmark is now up to 25 percent, with another increase to 30 percent coming soon. The water saving measures follow more than a ye ...

Reader Input: Brown too old to govern?

Gov. Jerry Brown says Ted Cruz is not qualified to run for president because he disputes “climate change.” Brown is the same person that said that when the polar caps ...

Cash-strapped Gold Country Fair could tap into new state funding

A new infusion of state funding could be coming Gold Country Fair’s way. Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed a new $3.1 million allocation in the 2015-16 state budget for fair ope ...

Reader Input: Bullet train a pipe dream

“I like trains,” says Gov. Jerry Brown. “I like to get up, walk around and shake hands.” Nice. You can shake hands on rapid transit without blowing $68 bill ...

Reader input: Put brakes on more gas tax

Once again we discover that an individual who is neither appointed nor elected by the public has intentions of adding more tax on a gallon of gas; Mary Nichols of CARB.  It wa ...

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 ...

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 ...