In the News

January 10, 2019

By Politico Team

The Los Angeles teachers union delayed its planned strike until Monday but pledged to move forward with its plans — raising the possibility of a new wave of “educator spring” activity resurrected in the blue state of California.

A teacher walkout in Los Angeles — home to the nation’s second-largest school district — would be the city’s first since 1989, and sure to disrupt a city where 80 percent of school kids qualify for free or reduced lunch.

November 27, 2018

By Malcolm Maclachlan

Several fast-growing inland counties are still short on judges, according to a preliminary draft of the latest biennial Judicial Needs Assessment from the Judicial Council. Meanwhile, a Riverside state legislator said he will once again introduce a bill to increase the number of judges in the state.

The Judicial Council will review the report on Friday as part of its regular meeting in San Francisco. A final report will be released after a judicial workload study if it is finished next year.

October 28, 2018

By Leticia Juarez
Cadiz, a water supply company, wants to pump out and sell 50,000 acre-feet of water from an aquifer under the Mojave Desert.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein is trying to stop them. "It's those aquifers that keep the plant life growing which nourish the animals -- the bighorn sheep and the desert tortoises," the California Democrat said at a news conference at the Whitewater Preserve in Riverside County.
Feinstein, along with Rep. Raul Ruiz and state Sen. Richard Roth, spoke out against the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project.

October 25, 2018

California U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) joined local leaders Congressman Raul Ruiz (D) and Sen. Richard Roth (D) at Whitewater Preserve to support preserving the water aquifer underneath the Mojave Desert from business interests. 

September 24, 2018

By Andre Mouchard

Before his name was on a local jail, before a criminal justice department at UC Riverside was named in his honor, before his decades in the state senate made him an icon of Riverside and California politics, Robert B. Presley already was something rare:

A war hero.

Presley won the Bronze Star in World War II, while serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Italy.

September 03, 2018

By Melanie Mason

A last-ditch effort to impose additional environmental review on a controversial groundwater pumping project in the Mojave Desert sputtered Friday night after a key state Senate committee held the bill over concerns about legislative process.

The measure, Senate Bill 120, would have given the state Lands Commission and Department of Fish and Wildlife the authority to study the project by Cadiz Inc. to make sure the pumping would not harm surrounding lands.

August 27, 2018

By Melanie Mason

Environmentalists are mounting a last-minute bid in the final week of the California legislative session to revive a stalled effort to require more review for a project to pump more groundwater from the Mojave Desert.

August 19, 2018

Last week, military personnel and veterans planning to go to college enjoyed an important victory that will streamline their education opportunities at community colleges. The Assembly Appropriations Committee passed SB 1071, which will require that California Community Colleges implement a uniform policy for awarding course credit to veterans for their prior military education, training and service.

August 12, 2018

By Julie Watts, KPIX-TV

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — One of California’s largest agencies promised lawmakers it would make changes following a KPIX investigation. But, three years later, we discovered they broke that promise and are still putting millions at risk for identity theft.

Now, citing our investigation, lawmakers have launched an investigation of their own.

They’re embedding a state auditor inside the Employment Development Department for five months to figure out why that agency can’t seem to stop compromising Social Security numbers.

August 07, 2018

By Daytona Everett

The continuous fires torching the state of California are sparking action at the state level in Sacramento. California Senator Jeff Stone, R-Riverside, recently joined a new committee focused on subsiding and analyzing the raging fires.

“I’ve been appointed to a committee to do fact-finding to really find out what the cause of the fires are and who should be financially responsible,” Stone said.