Numbers Game

Gov. Brown's tax initiative rides on voter turnout

The key issue for California’s 2012 election is turnout. The presidential election, a key motivator for voters, might be of little help this year. It’s not shaping up to be a persuasion election, despite the millions being spent on advertising. And because it’s not a battleground state, California could see participation wane.

Oct 1, 2012 Tony Quinn

Would-Be Mayor

Acuity with Jonathan Rewers

Jonathan Rewers, 33, serves as chairman of the Sacramento Parks Commission. In the June elections, Rewers garnered 25 percent of the vote in his quest to unseat Kevin Johnson as mayor of Sacramento. He is now a candidate for the City Charter Commission. 

Sep 1, 2012 Douglas Curley

Off the Reservation

A new bet on an old law

With fewer discretionary dollars in their pocketbooks and more sensitivity at the gas pump, recession-era gamblers want to spend their quarters closer to home.

Sep 1, 2012 Bill Romanelli

The Case Against New Taxes

Why dampen consumer spending or endanger small businesses?

Taxes are en vogue these days, and not just at the state level where Gov. Jerry Brown is pushing a sales and income tax ballot measure. Eight California cities already gained general tax increases from their residents in the June elections; several more cities and counties will attempt to follow suit in November.

Sep 1, 2012 Winnie Comstock-Carlson