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California judge named head of state's political ethics agency

13 hours 1 min ago
Gov. Jerry Brown selects Jodi Remke, presiding judge of the State Bar Court of California, which oversees discipline of attorneys.

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday appointed as head of California's political ethics agency a judge who has overseen the discipline of attorneys.

California secretary of state candidates clash over ethics ideas

April 23, 2014 - 9:09pm
Candidates Alex Padilla, Dan Schnur, Pete Peterson and Derek Cressman challenge one another's ideas on reducing the corrupting influence of big money in California government.

SACRAMENTO — Stirred up by a series of Capitol scandals, four candidates for California secretary of state clashed at a forum Wednesday over who is best suited to restore voter faith in state government.

California's lopsided politics yield little election intrigue

April 23, 2014 - 5:32pm
Secretary of state candidates' debate is more geekfest than slugfest — and it's one of the more interesting contests in the 'top two' primary era.

SACRAMENTO — It has come to this: California politics have become so one-sided that the only half-way intriguing statewide races this spring are for two largely ministerial jobs.

Top L.A. City Council policy advisor to retire

April 22, 2014 - 10:19pm
Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller worked in city government for nearly 30 years and has been the top policy advisor for nearly a decade.

A key advisor to Los Angeles lawmakers announced Tuesday that he plans to retire after working in city government for nearly 30 years.

Tougher ethics rules advance in California Senate committee

April 22, 2014 - 9:38pm
Proposals include a fundraising ban near the end of legislative sessions; a reduction in the value and types of gifts allowed; and more frequent disclosures. Senators will get a refresher course.

SACRAMENTO — A raft of bills to set tougher ethics rules for California politicians cleared their first legislative hurdle Tuesday as the state Senate prepared for a daylong refresher course on standards of conduct.

Neel Kashkari proposes major education overhaul

April 22, 2014 - 12:00am
The GOP candidate for governor would throw out much of the education code, send funds directly to schools rather than to districts and let most public schools run like charters.

Saying that better schools are critical for California's prosperity, GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari proposes changing the way education is funded, making traditional schools more like charters and increasing online learning.

Assembly's tea party firebrand, Tim Donnelly, cools his rhetoric

April 21, 2014 - 5:28pm
As he runs for governor, the Republican who vowed open warfare in Sacramento is learning to be less confrontational. Some of his bills attract Democratic support.

SACRAMENTO —Tim Donnelly arrived at the Assembly in late 2010 with big plans.