Turning a Red District Blue: Is the Third Time a Charm for Ferial Masry?

by Dick Price – When classes end at Reseda’s Grover Cleveland High School, American History teacher Ferial Masry drives across town to a restaurant, changes her clothes in the ladies room, and begins walking the streets of the western San Fernando Valley, a traditional Republican stronghold she hopes to represent in the California Assembly as [...]

A Bad Time for Budget Cuts to California’s Aged, Disabled, Poor, and Uninsured

The latest numbers are just in from the United States Census Bureau. According to analyses from the California Budget Project (CBP) they show that for low and middle income Californians there has been a decline in the real (inflation adjusted) household income. A separate analysis by Health Access California shows that more Californians are uninsured [...]

Progressive Democrats of LA Votes NO on Schwarzenegger’s PROP 11 Redistricting

by Linda Sutton – Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles voted overwhelmingly to OPPOSE the Proposition 11 redistricting initiative on the November ballot. Their endorsement committee voted UNANIMOUSLY to recommend opposing it, because the complex measure will result in Republicans taking control of the redistricting agenda. This constitutional amendment would apply only to the state offices [...]

The Drop Out Rate for Black Students in California: A Crisis

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he Department of Education released their new definition of a “Drop Out” and the tracking system that will have cost us taxpayers over $33 million dollars when complete. The new system requires each student to be assigned a special number that follows them throughout their school life. This is necessary in order to know when [...]

Progressive Values Stories: Gavin Newsom on Inclusivity and Noah’s Ark

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We are trying to construct a more inclusive society. We are going to make a country in which no one is left out. — Franklin D. Roosevelt I interviewed San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom about what he personally feels are the most important progressive values. He mentioned several progressive values, such as, Interdependence, Stewardship, Empathy [...]

TRUTH NOW on Proposition 11…the Fake Redistricting Reform Brought to You by Gov. Schwartzenegger and His Wrong-Wing Republican Gang

Want to live in a Red State? Want to have gridlock on redistricting in addition to the budget? Want to have the Republicans put in charge of “protecting” our coastline? This is the reality of the so-called “Voters First” proposition being put on the ballot this year by Arnold and his Republican fat cat cronies. [...]

Schwarzenegger Acting the Tough Guy to Cover for His Weakness? Both Houses of California Legislature Meeting This Morning—But Don’t Hold Your Breath

I was at the Governor’s press conference yesterday afternoon to see and hear directly his announcement that he would veto any bills sent to him before a state budget is passed. You can read his remarks in their entirety as dutifully transcribed by the Governor’s press office and published on these pages yesterday.

A Warning to All Mortgage Lenders in California and the Nation

Ted Lieu

By Ted W. Lieu — Just like unwary homeowners trapped in unsuitable loans and an ever-increasing mountain of debt, many of our nation’s lenders are facing significant difficulties remaining afloat.

Moving Bills on Parklands, Mobile Pensions, Ammunition Control through California’s Legislature

Kevin de Leon

The 45th Assembly District is characterized by high levels of gang violence, a lack of open space and parkland, and is one of the poorest Assembly District’s in the state of California. I have focused my efforts in Sacramento on improving the quality of life for my constituents and the millions of other Californians suffering [...]

Going Ballistic: Saving L.A. from Nuclear Terror

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By Tad Daley — I once asked a journalist friend, who had been chained inside the courtroom every single day of the O.J. Simpson trial, the obvious question. “Did he do it?” Or had the LAPD, instead, planted a boatload full of fake “evidence,” in an effort to frame the famous defendant? “How do you [...]

A Banner Year for California Democrats: Better Than the Post Watergate 1976 Election?

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Some astute political observers are seeing a parallel between this year’s general election in California and the elections of 1976 when the Republican Party cratered in the aftermath of Watergate. I remember 1976 very well. It was the year I graduated from law school, passed the bar, became an attorney, and began working for an [...]

California Assembly Passes Foreclosure Reform Bill But More Needed to Protect Future Borrowers from Predatory Loan Practices

Mortgage Crisis

Legislation that would reform the foreclosure process in California for the benefit of homeowners trying to hold on to their homes passed the Assembly today on a 55 to 18 vote, just one vote above the two-thirds majority it required. Ten Republican Assemblymembers joined 45 of the 48 Democrats in voting for the bill, while [...]

Gubernatorial Candidates Come Calling

Jerry Brown and Cara Robin

Some wore Obama t-shirts, a few mourned Hillary’s exit, but the majority just talked about taking back our country from those who took us to war. Meeting near San Francisco last weekend, representatives to the California Democratic Party Executive Board, planned neighbor-to-neighbor voter outreach campaigns, passed resolutions calling for the elimination of water boarding and [...]

Failure on California High School Exit Exam Can Be Predicted as Early as the Fourth Grade

Frank Russo

As we celebrate graduations from high schools all across California, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) has released a sobering study, “Predicting Success, Preventing Failure: An Investigation of the California High School Exit Exam,” that shows that by the 4th grade those students who will pass or fail the California High School Exit Exam [...]

LA County Board of Supervisors Race: A Choice of Substance Over Symbolism (& Trickaration)

Mark Ridley Thomas

For the first time in 16 years (and only the second time in 40 years), the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Seat in the Second District has a vacancy. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is one of the three most powerful seats in America, serving as both executive and legislative with no “check [...]

Ethically Challenged??? So-Called “Independent Expenditures” for Blumenfield, With Love from Dad & Howard Berman, Current Employer

Linda Sutton Ignored by the mainstream media this Wednesday, the Fair Political Practices Commission complaint filed against “Valley Democrats for Change” by attorney, Nicole Kuklok-Waldman, is heating up the race in the 40th Assembly District. It entered cyberspace Thursday through the subscription-only website, Capital Morning Report. What it appears to be, said an employee at [...]

Garamendi Coy in Altadena

John Garamendi

Speaking before supporters in Altadena this week, Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi tiptoed lightly around talk of running for governor of California next time around. “We’ll have an announcement about that in January,” he said, though the reception was titled “Garamendi—2010” and nobody present stuck their fifty bucks in the envelope to support his run for [...]

Kevin de Leon Hits the Ground Running

Kevin de Leon

As a first-time elected official, Assemblymember Kevin de Leon stepped into a big job this year. Named Assistant Majority Floor Leader at the start of his first term, Kevin supported the Assembly Democratic leadership team of Speaker Fabian Nunez and Majority Floor Leader Karen Bass in dealing with over 1,000 bills in his first term [...]

Portantino Reflects on His First Year in the California Assembly

Anthony Portantino and daughter Bella

In May 2006, the Northeast Democratic Club endorsed Anthony Portantino as its choice for the 44th Assembly District seat being vacated by Carol Liu, who had termed out. In the June 2006 primary, Portantino was selected as the Democratic Party candidate in the general election, and in the November 2006 general election, he captured 58.3% [...]

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