California Needs Fresh Start in Corrections

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Jonathan Simon: Secretary Beard’s public statements since coming to the job reflect a complete failure to acknowledge the gravity of the human rights abuses his agency is guilty of and an apparent commitment to defend the status quo at any cost.

Opposition Grows to AT&T’s Attack on LifeLine Program

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Randy Shaw: AT&T’s proposed hijacking of the LifeLine program is particularly surprising in light of Democratic Party control of the California Legislature and the Governor Brown-appointed California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC’s) strong opposition to AB 1407.

Jerry Brown’s Corrections Budget: More Cages, Little Else

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Diana Zuñiga: Jerry Brown’s “plan” keeps California on the same road we’ve been down for 30 years: more money going to corrections and even more allocated to prison expansions.

Why Jerry Brown Bucks Prison Realignment

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Gov. Brown’s recent actions show that it is not just the most visible partisans of the “prison industrial complex,” who we must persuade or overcome, but unfortunately the political establishment of the State.

Happy Ending for “Barking Dogs” Deportation Case

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This past Friday, ICE closed the deportation case of Ruth Montaño, the Bakersfield mother who faced deportation following her arrest for having dogs that barked too much.

Kudos to Jerry Brown

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Joseph Palero: Working hand-in-hand with California’s teachers, nurses, students of all ages, and the state’s labor unions, Governor Brown rallied the troops, and in doing so helped save from fiscal ruin not only the state’s public schools but also the nation’s biggest and most important system of public higher education.

Prop 30 vs. Prop 38: A Voter Guide for Parents

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Kim Tso: I based my analysis on one simple principle: Children should not be made to pay for the mistakes of grown-ups. With that in mind, this is what I decided.

Sheila Kuehl on Prop 30

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Sheila Kuehl: The approach adopted by this measure is like holding a gun to your head and shouting “Stop me before I hurt somebody!”

Where California Workers Won and Lost in 2012

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Caitlin Vega: Labor accomplished big things this year that benefit all Californians but when it came to advancing worker protections, many of those bills were vetoed.

California Progressives Take the Offensive

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Randy Shaw: While progressives will be forced to invest major resources in defeating Prop 32, the other major ballot initiatives all put conservatives on the defensive and would further progressive change.

Will AB 2530 Unshackle Childbirth in California?

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Angola 3 News: With Governor Brown’s decision expected anytime, local activists are urgently mobilizing to stop him from vetoing this important bill once again. AB 2530 supporters have created a webpage for the public to contact the Governor.

California State Parks Director Resigns Amid $54 Million Scandal

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Dan Bacher: For at least 12 years, the Department underreported tens of millions of dollars to the state Department of Finance, according to a statement from the Natural Resources Agency.

California Primary Election: Most Boring Ever

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Randy Shaw: Expect a record percentage of absentee votes next week, which might lead to calls to make June contests vote by mail only.

State Convention Snubs Osborn; Avoids Fight on Millionaire’s Tax

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Paul Hogarth: The California Democratic Convention this weekend was not a good one for Party insurgents hoping to push for progressive change and hold its leaders accountable.

Marcy Winograd Guest Hosting “Connect the Dots” Monday

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On Monday morning, 7-8 am, on KPFK (90.7 FM – Los Angeles), listen to Marcy Winograd guest-host Connect the Dots, first with a commentary on why we must Occupy the English language.

International Drive to Free Sara Kruzan, Directed at Governor Brown

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Our goal is to speed up the process of freeing Sara Kruzan. While we cannot make up for what has happened to her, we can fight for justice now.

Governor Jerry Brown Signs Immigration Bills that Help, Not Hurt, California’s Economy

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Seth Hoy: With an increasing unemployment rate of more than 12%, California legislators concluded that it “must pursue all avenues in facilitating and incubating job development and economic growth.”

Deal Struck on Death Penalty Resolution

Nyabingi Kuti: Our resolution played a major role in the Governor’s decision to halt construction on the condemned inmate Taj Mahal at San Quentin, a few days before the convention. All supporters of the resolution can take credit for this savings of half a billion dollars. I think he will come around sooner, rather than later, for fiscal and moral reasons.

Why Can’t Jerry See the Obvious? CUT THIS!

James Clark: The state’s death penalty is an ineffective waste of tax dollars that we simply can’t afford, yet while the Governor and Assembly slash everything from preschool to geriatric care, the state remains poised to spend $1 billion on the death penalty over the next five years.

Illinois Ends the Death Penalty: Wake-up Call for California

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Natasha Minsker: It’s time to stop playing the killing game. Let’s use the hundreds of millions of dollars we’ll save to protect some of those essential services now threatened with death. Let’s stop asking people like me to lie to those victim’s family members.

GOP Turns Deaf Ears to Calls for Saving California Schools

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Cynthia Liu: Last week more than 58,000 Californians and 49 state grassroots groups (representing 5 million members statewide) sent letters letting their legislators know that they are ready to vote to save our kids and save our schools.

California GOP Targets Workers

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Caitlin Vega: In these times of unprecedented income inequality, all the Republicans want is to cut worker pay and protections and reward corporations, even if they break the law. It’s taking from those who have the least and giving to those with the most.

Jerry: Kill the Death Penalty

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Nyabingi Kuti: Governor Brown was against the death penalty as a two-term Governor years ago. Why didn’t he commute death sentences when he first entered office in 2010? Why do we have to lobby him to do this, at a time when it is fiscally prudent?

Redevelopment Defenders Ignore Budget Realities

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Randy Shaw: The big mystery is why Housing California and the many health and human services groups are not demanding bigger cuts in California’s massive prison industrial complex.

Jerry Brown’s Budget

Ron Wolff: California’s “new” (but experienced) governor is bringing some urgently needed honesty and fresh thinking to the budgeting process in a state weary of smoke, mirrors, a two-thirds requirement in the legislature for tax increases, and the ravages of a recession imposed largely by external forces.

How Redevelopment Agencies Subvert Democracy

Randy Shaw: As mayors, developers and Agency staff try to fend off Governor Brown’s proposed transfer of redevelopment funds to local governments – earning far more media coverage than cuts to programs serving more vulnerable Californians – little has been said about the fundamentally undemocratic nature of redevelopment agencies.

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