State Issues

State Issues

Expose California’s secret budget process to the light

California state budgets used to be drafted in secret by two men, then came into the open, only to go back behind closed doors, and the sneakiness of the process has become more pronounced in recent years. Voters adopted Proposition 54 to shine more light on budget bills, but other reforms are still needed.

State Issues

Reality penetrates public pension system

Facing reality, the California Public Employees Retirement System has reduced its projection of future investment earnings, but not far enough to prevent its “unfunded liability” for pension promises from growing. Something else should be done.

State Issues

How much can our rivers handle?

So many places now are making so many plans for so many rivers that we may have to ask just how much change our rivers can handle. Some of these conflicts are bigger, updated versions of older battles over water.

State Issues

Carbon auction perks up but could stumble again

California’s quarterly auction of cap-and-trade carbon emission allowances perked up a bit this month. A glut of emission allowances and legal and political uncertainty over the program could return the auctions to near-zero next year unless Gov. Jerry Brown can get it reauthorized.

Videos

Enochs wrestlers shine at Lady Eagles Invitational

The eighth annual Enochs Lady Eagles Invitational Wrestling Tournament was held Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, at Modesto, Ca. (By Ron Agostini/ragostini@modbee.com)
mrowland@modbee.com
Enochs wrestlers shine at Lady Eagles Invitational 2:29

Enochs wrestlers shine at Lady Eagles Invitational

Women's March Modesto draws large crowd 1:52

Women's March Modesto draws large crowd

Steve Knell profile 1:23

Steve Knell profile

Delta extends Modesto JC losing streak 0:56

Delta extends Modesto JC losing streak