Melissa Griffin

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (L) jokes with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) during an event announcing him as his running mate. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Melissa Griffin: Romney’s VP Pick Ryan Gets Everyone’s Attention

Now that Mitt Romney has announced the Paul Ryan is his vice presidential pick, both parties are salivating. The move appeals to the Republican base who had been less-than-enthusiastic about their presidential choice until now.


A model for the planned new stadium of the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara. (CBS)

Melissa Griffin: Lawmakers Back To Work; Santa Clara Stadium Fight Begins

With legislative recess over, our lawmakers are back in Sacramento to complete the business for the year, and that includes legislation addressing a recent issue over the 49ers Santa Clara stadium.


house mortgage rate, foreclosure

Melissa Griffin: Could California Use Eminent Domain To Save Troubled Mortgages?

On Friday July 27 Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom came out in support of a controversial plan to allow local governments to seize underwater properties and restructure the debts.


Gov. Jerry Brown

Melissa Griffin: Parks Scandal, Staff Raises Threaten Brown Tax Plan

Scandals in the California Parks and Recreation Department and raises for legislative staff make Sacramento look incompetent and tone-deaf.


A foreclosure sign hangs on a fence in front of a foreclosed home on April 6, 2011. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Melissa Griffin: California Foreclosure Protection, ‘Chicken’ Law Fallout

Before leaving for a break, state representatives passed the Homeowner’s Bill of Rights to protect Californians from confusing and underhanded loan practices. Meanwhile, Republicans in Washington, D.C. react to a California chicken law.


CA high speed rail

Melissa Griffin: California High-Speed Rail Funding Approved

On Friday the State Senate endorsed an $8 billion dollar package for high speed rail. Not everyone is excited about it.


California State Capitol in Sacramento (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Melissa Griffin: Pension Reform, Foie Gras Ban Coming To California

If the Governor’s tax proposal has any chance of passing in November, a government reform measure is due and legislators only have until June 28 to vote on any such measure.


Jerry Brown

Melissa Griffin: Much To Overcome For Brown, Legislature In Budget Battle

Optimistic projections, entrenched differences and a transparency problem are what face Governor Jerry Brown and the state legislature as they try to come to an agreement on a $92 billion dollar budget.