Orinda Mayor Faces Concord Assemblywoman In East Bay’s State Senate Special ElectionThe state Senate race between Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer and Concord Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla has led to $7 million in campaign spending. Voters decide who goes to Sacramento in a special election on Tuesday.
California’s 7th District Decides DeSaulnier’s Replacement In Tight, 3-Way State Senate Special ElectionVoters in California’s 7th District head to the polls for a special election Tuesday, to decide a new state Senator since Mark DeSaulnier was elected to replace retired veteran Congressman George Miller.
Funds Diverted From Other Caltrans Projects To Make Up For New Bay Bridge Span DeficitThe new Bay Bridge eastern span will likely end up at least $35 million in the red, and officials are shifting money from other completed Caltrans bridge projects to make up the difference.
California 9/11 Relatives To Get Second Shot At Scholarships Funded By Memorial License PlatesRelatives of Californians who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will get a second chance to apply for college scholarships under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown after investigations found that the state mishandled the program.
Top Transportation Officials Grilled Over Alleged Conspiracy Of Hiding Bay Bridge ProblemsA state legislative committee is conducting a hearing into the construction of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge after a report issued last week found that officials with the state transportation department allegedly conspired to keep problems secret.
California Senator Mark DeSaulnier Calls For Criminal Investigation Of Bay Bridge’s Flawed Construction State Senator Mark DeSaulnier thinks the construction of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge was a fiasco. A recent investigation could result in criminal charges based on what he and many others consider substandard work.
Support For Campaign Reform Legislation In Sacramento Ebbs After ScandalsEthics reform legislation in Sacramento, that appeared to be a priority after the arrest of Democratic state Sen. Leland Yee from San Francisco and the additional scandals of two other senators last spring ago, has dissipated.
Pink License Plate For Breast Cancer Stalled In California Legislature While Retro Plate Hits The StreetsAs California begins issuing retro-looking license plates, a group of breast cancer survivors are wondering why their bill to create license plates for breast cancer awareness has stalled in the legislature.
Pay-By-Mile Floated As Alternative To Gas Tax For California DriversThe California Legislature is looking at a voluntary program that would eliminate the state’s gas tax, which is currently 2nd highest in the nation at 52.9 cents per gallon. Instead, drivers would be subject to a tax based on vehicle miles traveled of a VMT tax.
State Senator Targets CEO Super Salaries In Proposed BillCalifornia state senator Mark DeSaulnier, speaking with KPIX 5's Phil Matier on Sunday, defended a proposed bill which would punish corporations that pay their chief executives more than a hundred times the median wage of their workers.
East Bay Lawmaker Helps Grandmother, Boy Tied Up In Home InvasionA state senator who on Sunday helped rescue a woman and her grandson following an armed home invasion robbery in Concord said Monday the crime was “unacceptable.”
Phil Matier: $270K Study To Improve Caltrans Lacks SpecificsWhen the bad bolts for the Bay Bridge’s eastern became big news, Gov. Jerry Brown commissioned a transportation group from the University of Wisconsin to study Caltrans—at the cost of $270,000—and last week, their findings were released in a report.