Who pays and who doesn’t for access to the natural and historical wonders protected inside the state’s parks are key considerations amid calls to overhaul the 150-year-old parks system, an effort spawned by a major financial scandal involving the Parks Department in 2012 and perennial budget problems that threatened the closure of dozens of destinations.
Options that have been discussed for generating more revenue include opening up parks to more private enterprise, creating a dedicated funding source or allocating more money out of the state’s general fund, now that California’s financial health has improved.
But it’s the idea of asking people to pay more through fees that has sparked the most attention and controversy.
Shedding political party labels is increasingly popular among California registered voters, but in casting ballots they are reluctant to pick candidates who do the same.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposals for this fiscal year reflect the state’s desire to dramatically downsize or close developmental centers, including one near Sonoma, and transition much of the care for hundreds of severely disabled Californians to community-based programs.
Representatives from both the Palm Drive Hospital board and the hospital’s foundation said this week they are hopeful Gov. Jerry Brown will sign a bill that will offer some bond debt relief and possibly make available to the district millions of dollars in bond escrow funds.
A North Coast lawmaker’s bid to tax oil extraction in California appears to be dead.
Supporters of a plan to build a park and bike path network on a strip of vacant land through southeast Santa Rosa — property once eyed for a Highway 12 extension — were buoyed by developments in Sacramento this week that could accelerate the transfer of the 55 acres from the state highway system to the Southeast Greenway campaign.
Marc Levine’s upset victory over a powerful state Assembly incumbent in 2012 signaled a battle for the soul of California’s Democratic Party. Two years later, that fight still resonates in Levine’s bid for a second term against a field of candidates who want to portray the San Rafael Democrat as being out of step with core party values.
A North Coast lawmaker’s controversial proposal to tax oil extraction in California and give most of the estimated billions in new revenue to higher education narrowly survived a crucial test Thursday at the state Capitol.
More than 60,000 union members living in the North Bay are expected to receive a slate mailer in the coming weeks bearing recommendations for who they should vote for in the June primary.
A candidate endorsed by the North Bay Labor Council, in turn, can benefit from hundreds of volunteers manning phone banks, walking precincts and performing other campaign duties.
However, the council is taking what may be an unprecedented pass on endorsing in the 10th Assembly District primary, featuring incumbent Assemblyman Marc Levine, Santa Rosa Councilwoman Erin Carlstrom and Marin college trustee Diana Conti.