Who Can Govern California?

Meg Whitman has what it takes

No political leader can work magic, though virtually all who campaign for public office talk as if he or she can. Our current governor came in as an outsider promising change but had limited success, at least partly because he never learned to work effectively with the Legislature.

Sep 30, 2010 Winnie Comstock-Carlson

Working Lunch with Ray Kerridge

Given the current economics of local government, one might think it’s the perfect time to flee to the private sector. Not so for Ray Kerridge.

Sep 30, 2010 Douglas Curley
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Getting Warmer

Does California need its own climate change policy

In 2006 the Legislature and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger enacted the California Global Warming Solutions Act. The objective of the act was to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California to 1990 levels by 2020 and further reduce emissions by 80 percent of 1990 levels by 2050. The California Air Resources Board is charged with implementing the regulations.

Aug 31, 2010 Tony Quinn

Working Lunch with Jeff Starsky

As mayor of Folsom, Jeff Starsky says it’s his job to keep people thinking positive and keep consumer confidence high. As far as his city is concerned, he seems to be doing a good job.

Aug 31, 2010 Douglas Curley
Mexican national Yulithza Ortiz (center) strands outside the Memorial Auditorium surrounded by family after his U.S. citizenship ceremony last month.

Immigration Reform

Arizona laws spark local dialogue

When Barack Obama was running for president in 2008, he vowed that if elected he would take up George Bush’s failed 2007 effort to reform the nation’s immigration policy, secure U.S. borders and provide a path to citizenship for undocumented persons who had lived in America for years. Since then, however, issues such as health care reform have pushed immigration to the back burner.

May 31, 2010 Rich Ehisen
Candidate Ami Bera, an internist and former chief medical officer for Sacramento County, is running against Dan Lungren for Congress.

Election Dissection

How safe is Congressman Dan Lungren

Two years ago, I wrote in this column saying that Republican Congressman Dan Lungren might be in trouble in the November 2008 election. It seemed like a stretch at the time. Lungren had won re-election in 2006 with 59.5 percent of the vote against a weak Democrat, emergency room physician Bill Durston. However, a look at party registration trends showed that the district was trending Democratic. By 2008, the large registration edge enjoyed by Republicans this decade had all but disappeared.

May 31, 2010 Tony Quinn

McNamara’s Peace Garden

From D.C. to a walnut farm in Winters

How many farmers can say they spent their childhood bowling at Camp David or playing football with the Kennedy clan on the White House lawn? It’s the path Craig McNamara, 60, has taken from Washington, D.C., to his 450-acre organic walnut farm, and, at times, it was torturous.

Mar 1, 2010 Rich Ehisen
Jim Leet, chairman McDonough Holland & Allen PC

Billable Solution

When attorneys and clients negotiate fees

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: A lawyer dies young and arrives at the Pearly Gates. 

“There must be some mistake!” he wails. “I’m only 31!”

St. Peter consults the records and disagrees. “Judging by the number of hours you’ve billed, you’re at least 73.”

Feb 2, 2010 Adam Weintraub